Data + Design Project

Fields of Gold: Changes in the US Corn Industry [Infographic]

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]

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Digital Structures Created By Human Movement

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When the fluid movements of dance are transformed into digital sculptures, the results are mesmerizing. JL Design TV with the help of KORB has made a documentary for CCTV Documentary Channel that follows the organic beauty and emotion of dance and turns it into solid materials like steel, wood, and glass. Seeing the trails of each gesture frozen in time is incredible. [Read more...]

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Life Force: Colorful Illustrations of the Energy Inside

Monday 04.01.2013 , Posted by

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We all know that everything on Earth including each one of us is made up of energy, but it’s still a pretty incredible concept to wrap our minds around. That’s why I love to see the way artists interpret the energy that is life. Martín Satí has a unique way of creating vibrant portraits that show the energy’s fluidity. Unlike the representational fractal visions of artists like Alex Grey and Amanda Sage, Satí’s portraits are less geometrical, but embody a similar theme. Amidst the abstract bubbles of color, each figure remains recognizable, much like the human brain has found a way to identify and label the world around us. [Read more...]

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Student Creates Electromagnetic Harvester

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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A digital media student in Germany, Dennis Siegel, has put on his engineering hat to create a small device that can collect energy from thin air. Siegel explains,

“We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields which we are producing for information transfer or as a byproduct. Many of those fields are very capacitive and can be harvested with coils and high frequency diodes. Accordingly, I built special harvesting devices that are able to tap into several electromagnetic fields to exploit them.”

Although Siegel’s device only charges a single AA battery in a 24 hour period, the implications of this discovery are endless. [Read more...]

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Powering Ag: An Energy Challenge For Development

Friday 06.29.2012 , Posted by

Our world is continually coming up with new ways to use its resources and technological advancements to use them more efficiently. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are still people in the world incapable of creating enough food for their families and communities to thrive or sometimes even survive. Helping developing and low-income nations step into modern times has been a constant challenge for decades, and expanding access to clean energy is a key component of global development efforts. But, how are we going to do this? This motion graphic created by Powering Agriculture, an initiative of the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), looks at how clean energy technology can be the answer. [Read more...]

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Drill Baby! Is the US Turning Against Green Energy?

Friday 05.25.2012 , Posted by

Gas prices continue to rise. Everywhere around the world people are feeling that smoldering hole in their pocket continue to get hotter and hotter. Eventually it will burst into flames and leave a giant 3rd degree burn on your buttocks (and if your a lady, it’ll burn a hole through your purse like those precious stones did in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). With other traditional sources of energy becoming depleted as well, opinions on where to find fuel have been shifting considerably. [Read more...]

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9 Surprising Things About People Who Go Solar

Tuesday 04.17.2012 , Posted by

A lot of people may think that the current adopters of home solar power are your stereotypical tree-hugging, left-leaning, well-to-do ex-hippies; those who can’t stop raving about their organic fruit purchases or their latest discovery of granola combinations from Mother’s Market. Although this seems like a logical analysis of past homeowners who went solar, it’s simply not true anymore, and some of the reasons might even leave you a little bit perplexed. [Read more...]

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