Data + Design Project

Can You Tell Which of These Identical Twins Smoked Longer?

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.

Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]

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Now and Then: Aged Faces of Centenarians Are Restored to Youth

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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Both expectations and memory are funny things. For the youth of the world, they never expect to get old… but it slowly sneaks up on everyone. For the old, it’s often hard to remember just what it was to be youthful. This captivating series puts the effect of aging front and center, showing captivating images of elderly people and then a quick sweep back to their youth in the same pose. [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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On the Map: Synchronizing Faces with Cartography

Tuesday 11.27.2012 , Posted by

Ed Fairburn takes connect the dots to a whole new level with maps and a writing utensil. The artist uses a pen or pencil, connecting streets, rivers, and highways with cross hash marks and shading, to reveal faces within the topography of the map. He studies the physical features of the terrain and the facial features of his subjects and attempts to bring both together in synchronicity by seeking out their related patterns. His cartographic images have been exhibited at the Cowbridge Music Festival and used for charity work in the Zambia Project. [Read more...]

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Ink on Skin: Intricate Pen Drawings on Faces

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

What would it look like to have your physical and mental scars in full view to the world? Maybe it would look something like these face drawings by artist Pinpin Co. Working closely with her subjects, she often spends over 5 hours drawing intricately on their faces and striving to bring out the deeper aspects of their inner and outer landscapes. The results of her work, created with a fine 0.38mm gel ink pen, are often beautiful and sometimes a bit disturbing. [Read more...]

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Like us, wasps don’t forget a face

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by

Paper wasps have brains that are less than a millionth the size of the human brain, yet new research shows they have a similar ability to recognize and remember a familiar face. [Read more...]

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Explosive Portraits Created With A Bang

Monday 02.28.2011 , Posted by

You might remember our article from a while back about the talented street artist Vhils. His beautifully carved portraits are slowly and exactingly chiseled into stucco walls, leaving the old building with a new face. Well now, as if on a crunch for time, he is creating portraits using explosives buried underneath the clean white surface of the wall. Literally blasting the images into reality, the preparation can take hours… but the works take only a fraction of a second to finish.

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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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