Data + Design Project

Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more…]

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Welcome to Yakutsk, the Coldest City in the World

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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There’s cold, there’s freezing, then there’s Yakutsk. Located in Eastern Siberia, Yakutsk is recorded as the coldest city on earth. In January, the average temperature is minus 40F (-40C), and negative 70F (-57C) is not unheard of. Yet, in this cold city lives 270,000 people going about their daily lives. [Read more…]

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3rd Rock from the Sun: Stylish Fire Pits Shaped Like the Earth

Saturday 10.19.2013 , Posted by

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There’s nothing more beautiful than cozying up by and staring at a blazing fire on a chilly night, except maybe if it’s in one of these incredible fire pits by master blacksmith Rick Wittrig. His Third Rock series features beautifully crafted iron globes of the Earth. An art sculpture you can use- it’s even more stunning with fire gleaming from every continent. An 8ft tall version of this piece made the perfect centerpiece at the 2010 Winter Olympics. [Read more…]

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Missing NASA? Here are Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency’s Archive: Observing the Earth

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Unless you’re one of those cool people who makes a daily trip to space via NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, you might not have noticed that the long running and much loved site is currently down. The site has been running consistently for over 18 years in a co-effort between NASA and Michigan Technological University… but due to some unexpected budget cuts amounting to a 97% cut in workforce (and in other news much of the US federal government), we’re not getting our daily dose of fascinating imagery from outer space. [Read more…]

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A Breathing Earth: Watch the World’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” from Outer Space

Monday 08.12.2013 , Posted by

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Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days. John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates. [Read more…]

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Hypothetical Pics: If Earth Had a Ring Like Saturn

Sunday 06.16.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever wondered what our sky would look like if we had a ring like Saturn’s instead of our moon? Wonder no more because io9’s writer/ science illustrator Ron Miller has illustrated his predictions of what you might see from various spots on the globe. From the equator you would see a straight light beam perpendicular to the ground, as shown below in Quito, Ecuador. Further away from the equatorial plane, the rings would become a thicker arch as shown over Guatemala and Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

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Earth’s History in 2 Minutes

Wednesday 09.05.2012 , Posted by

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Let’s start with the fact that this was done by a 19 year old. Then we can add that he is in a beginners video production class. Then lets add that he was able to find all of these photos with quick and easy internet searches for photos. Now add to the whole picture that after he uploaded the video, in three months he received over 1 million views. It is a different world from when older generations used linear editing systems. [Read more…]

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A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery

Monday 03.26.2012 , Posted by

There are many beautiful places in the world, but we often miss a lot of that beauty until we look at it from “up above.” Stratocam, a program developed by former Google and Dreamworks employee Paul Rademacher, allows visitors to take their own aerial snaps with the help of Google Earth and later vote for their favorite photographs from the community of images. [Read more…]

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RAW SF Exhibition: The Astral Journey Of DeLa

Sunday 02.19.2012 , Posted by

Using our dreams as a source of inspiration can sometimes be an amazing tool for creating a masterpiece. The artwork by painter DeLa Cruz takes you on an astral voyage through his unique universe and the colorful aspects of a surreal world. The artist explains his nightly visions as being one where the paint explodes out of the soul and onto the canvas. [Read more…]

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What’s Happening On the Other Side of the Earth?

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by

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What happened to you on 11.11.11? It’s only once per century that this unique date passes. The One Day on Earth documentary project, founded by Kyle Ruddick asks just that. The unique project worked with documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens to record the human experience over a 24-hour period. This is the second installment of the project, which started in 2010, which has been used to create a fully interactive archive with photo galleries, blog posts, and a video archive map.  The map allows for a visual, searchable experience to answer that compelling question: What’s happening on the other side of the world right now? [Read more…]

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