Data + Design Project

Freight Farms: Grow Fresh Food In Any Environment

Tuesday 12.06.2011 , Posted by

At the moment we face a food dilemma in western cultures: a society accustomed to the all-year availability of fresh produce and the rising cost of transport, both environmental and financial. Much of our fresh produce, especially in colder climates like the eastern United States, comes from far off places like southern California and Chile, traveling many freight miles before it reaches the market and finally our tables; but is there a better option for getting fresh cucumbers, peppers and lettuce in the winter? [Read more...]

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The Flying Rhinos of South Africa

Wednesday 11.23.2011 , Posted by

When the WWF decided to start the seventh installment of their Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, they had a unique challenge transporting the critically endangered animals to their new expanded range. Because of extremely rough terrain between where the animal was captured and paved roads, off-road transportation by truck seemed too dangerous for the precious cargo. Instead, they decided to use a helicopter. Strapping webbing to each of the rhinoceros’ ankles, blindfolding and then tethering them to a hovering helicopter, the sleeping giants were airlifted the relatively short distance to waiting transport trucks for a smooth 1500km trip across the country to their new range. This beautiful film was created by Green Renaissance. Find more information about the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project at wwf.org.za. [Read more...]

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The Timber Trade: Who is Supplying Our Wood?

Tuesday 08.23.2011 , Posted by

WWF International wants to point out that even in our modern world of plastics and metal, there are still a huge amount of products still made of “good, old-fashioned wood.” Countries like Brazil are quickly cutting down their valuable forests to supply an exploding world population hungry for everything from homes to broom sticks. This graphic details the five largest timber exporters and who is buying up their precious forests (all figures in global hectares). [Read more...]

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Cool House, Fat Wallet

Monday 08.22.2011 , Posted by

Home solar power has many benefits that people can get behind, like keeping the world cleaner and being self-sufficient, but the price of solar panels is often far more than people can afford. One Block Off the Grid is an inspiring orgainization that specializes in organizing group deals on solar energy to help people go green. Here we bring you their interesting look at how solar can actually make sense financially, even while running the AC in the hot summer. Swing by One Block Off the Grid for more info. [Read more...]

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How Collaborative Sharing Can Make You Money

Tuesday 07.12.2011 , Posted by

During these unstable economic times many people are realizing that they have far more “stuff” in their life than they actually need or regularly use. This beautiful graphic from the forward thinking folks at Collaborative Fund, looks at the many ways we can take those items and share them with our community… even making good money on them in the process! [Read more...]

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A Billboard That Absorbs Air Pollution

Thursday 07.07.2011 , Posted by

The constant bombardment of advertising billboards clutter the public space with ads ranging from clever, exciting, forgettable and outright obnoxious. All in the endless crusade to grab the attention of the consumer, and help them part with their hard earned cash. Hardly ever do they contribute anything to enhance the visual landscape they occupy; but a new billboard in the Philippines is looking to change that. [Read more...]

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The US’s First Packaging-Free Grocery Store

Tuesday 06.28.2011 , Posted by

Be it beans, granola or sometimes even tomatoes, it seems today that everything we eat is somehow wrapped in colorful packaging. In fact, packaging makes up 40 percent of municipal waste in the U.S alone. Now, In.gredients a grocery store opening in Austin, Texas is hoping to fix that problem by creating the country’s first packaging-free, zero-waste grocery store. By eliminating all packaging from their products In.gredients is hoping to create a waste-free model to follow and make a significant dent in the mountain of garbage created daily. [Read more...]

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Apple: Just How Clean Is Their Business?

Friday 06.24.2011 , Posted by

This piece of motion typography looks in to the business practices of one of the most successful tech companies ever: Apple. While the devices they produce are often praised for their ease of use and clean design, just how ethical is the way they run their business? From a number of Chinese workers supposedly “suicided,” to a lack of charitable giving and questionable environmental practices, is Apple as squeaky clean as it looks? (disclaimer: In case you were wondering, this post was written by a Mac and Linux user) [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #26 > Just One More!

Tuesday 03.22.2011 , Posted by


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Amsterdam’s Witkar: The First Car Sharing?

Tuesday 03.08.2011 , Posted by

If you thought the concept of car-sharing was only a recent notion, think again. Looking like little Pope-mobiles, these classic electric autos from Amsterdam where not the car for those who suffer from scopophobia (the fear of being seen), but they did pioneer the idea of a technology based car sharing system. All the components of a modern system are there: a very clever docking and recharging system, card and computer control of vehicle access with the member entering their PIN number on a rotary phone. Rates were reasonable: about 3.5¢ US per minute.

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