Data + Design Project

New York Crime Photos – Superimposing Then and Now (Warning: Graphic)

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Alongside all the glitz and glamour, New York has always had a grim and grisly side. Mark Hermann, photographer and historian for the New York Press Photographers Association, has stitched together imagery collected from the New York Daily News archive, showing crime photos from the not-so-distant past, superimposed on the sanitized New York of today. Be warned – his film-noir-esq images are not for the faint of heart. [Read more…]

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Mugshot Doppelgänger: Old Mugs Get Celebrity Faces

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

We’re used to seeing the mugshots of celebrities on everything from TMZ to the latest grocery store tabloid covers… and whether we want to know or not, the stories of their problems seem to trickle down to us from the television, the paper or the the water cooler gossip at work. But, what if those familiar stories were removed from the context we are used to and placed in a past much like our own current era. These images take the familiar mugshot expressions of modern celebrities and place them on the mugshots of moonshiners, prostitutes and thieves from the 1920s. The vintage images have the effect of making us look at these modern miscreants with a new eye, perhaps reevaluating their humanity or even reimagining their storied pasts. [Read more…]

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A Glowing Surprise: Day and Night Poster

Thursday 10.13.2011 , Posted by

The freaks come out at night in this poster! Jason Dean of The Best Part has created one glowing example of a design: Day and Night is a print with an innocent side when the lights are on and a darker one when the lights go out. The hidden glow-in-the-dark ink changes the tame cityscape into a world of crime, sex and zombies with the flick of your light switch. While the current printing is sold out, Dean promises new versions in the near future, so keep checking over at The Best Part to see what’s up [Read more…]

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The Personal Touch on Informative Graphics

Monday 02.07.2011 , Posted by


Instead of using vector drawings normally associated with informational graphics, designer Peter Ørntoft has used carefully planned photographs to create a series of booklets based on opinion polls for 10 Danish social topics. Exploring statistics related to crime, religion and health, his work puts a very personal and hands-on touch to these social numbers, asking the viewer not only to learn from the information, but to feel it as well.
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