Data + Design Project

Re-Imagining the Piano: Improvisation & Deconstruction

Thursday 12.02.2010 , Posted by

A fixture of both classical and modern music, the piano has been around since the early 1700s, and its predecessors, the harpsicord and clavichord, for much longer. Originally invented because it was able to produce more varied tones and volumes than what came before, it revolutionized music. However, it was only recently that the way a piano could be played was re-imagined, giving it far more tones… and in some cases, bringing into question whether it is even still a piano. [Read more…]

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22 Highly Effective & Entertaining Condom Ads

Tuesday 11.30.2010 , Posted by

Anyone in the advertising industry will tell you there are some assignments more fun to create than others. While toilet bowl cleaner or the odd shoe ad might pay the bills, nothing could be more fun than the quirky and sometimes taboo condom ad. These 22 condom advertisements bring some clever humor to a serious matter.

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Freaky Art Created With Free Software

Wednesday 11.24.2010 , Posted by

Creating painterly faces with piercing eyes and gaping mouths is the passion of artist and programmer Kevin, aka flikr on flickr. Using Vexler, one of many programs he created himself, Kevin has created a large, macabre body of work. For more on his free and artistic programs check out kelbv.com, or for more of his work, see his art on flickr.

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David Kramer Remixes the Good Life

Wednesday 11.24.2010 , Posted by

With bitterly sarcastic and ironic spin, artist David Kramer re-envisions 70’s advertising, giving it a possibly more realistic, certainly more entertaining glass-half full message. An artist from New York, his watercolors have been well received at galleries in the United States, Canada and Europe… proving that people are more than ready for a little humor and straight talk about the American Dream.

For more on David Kramer’s drawings, paintings and videos see kramer.aeroplastics.net or his blog Toothless Alcoholic

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Infinity: What Are You Thinking About?

Tuesday 11.23.2010 , Posted by

Imagine a world where all your thoughts come to life, every amazing invention you can think is realized before your eyes and each adventure is a journey instantly manifested. In their new advertisement for Batelco, the filmmakers at Spyfilms create a reality where all ideas are possible… and it’s one amazing roller coaster ride.

The film is part of a rather confusing interactive Facebook campaign for the Bahrain based communications group Batelco. It invites viewers to take webcam shots of themselves, the slogan “Batelco. Bringing ideas to life” is pasted over their face and then they are supposed to put down their ‘ideas’. Where this is all going, and to what ends, left us a little lost… we think Batelco could implement an instructional ‘about’ video to great advantage. Regardless, it’s a thrilling film by the very talented folks at Spyfilm.
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Good Robot, Bad Robot. The Creepy BLINKY Teaser

Monday 11.22.2010 , Posted by

“I know what I want for Christmas! I’ll never get sick of it.” A young boy receives his perfect Christmas gift in Ruairi Robinson’s (pronounced Raw-ree) creepy upcoming sci-fi film, Blinky. The film, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), is based around a future where every home has a robot helper and no one has to worry because their kids are “perfectly safe.” With his perpetual smile, Blinky looks like the perfect psychopathic nightmare for the 21st century.

Robinson, a commercial advertising director and animator, is the creator of the academy nominated animated film Fifty Percent Grey, and the critically acclaimed short film The Silent City, which we’ve included for your enjoyment at the bottom of this page. [Read more…]

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Creating an Infinite Collection of Interesting People

Monday 11.22.2010 , Posted by


Most Interesting Person (MIP) is a film interview project and a potentially infinite collection of the most interesting people as told by the last person interviewed. With a potentially infinite degree of separation, each fascinating person interviewed talks about who they are, and then leads us to who they think is the most interesting person they know. And the list goes on… [Read more…]

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Facebook Email: Clearly a Good Choice

Monday 11.22.2010 , Posted by

The news has already broken about the new and revolutionary Facebook email, aka Messages, but the other day I saw a tweet from Randi Zuckerberg that mentioned a superb video she worked on. It breaks down how this new system will simplify our daily communication, making it quicker and more direct… and it will do so in style.
Paul Caridad, Visual News Contributor

To check out the new system by becoming a beta tester, go to this page on Facebook. [Read more…]

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May the Fonts Be With You

Friday 11.19.2010 , Posted by

A short time ago, on a word processor at H-57 Design, Star Wars posters were created only with typography. These clever designs even have the font types used for creating each character at the bottom of each poster. The likenesses are most impressive.

Darth Vader
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Crafty Stop Motion Music Videos

Friday 11.19.2010 , Posted by


Combine one part pop music, with one part paper arts and crafts, mix with extremely good editing and you have the work of SoLab. A French production company who has worked with the likes of Pony Pony Run Run and Wax Tailor, SoLab writes, shoots and produces short films and music videos.

For more on what they’re up to, check out solab.fr, and to see the beautiful Paris city guide made for Louis Vuitton, stop by Vimeo. [Read more…]

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