Data + Design Project

Honest Slogans Show the “Truth” Behind Famous Brands

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
Honest Slogans Clif Dickens 1

What’s that you say? AXE body spray isn’t getting you all the ladies?? These “honest slogans” are exactly what the ad execs at big corporations don’t want you to think. They spend countless hours pondering how to make their often common brand stand out from the crowd – giving us any possible reason to remember them – and then Clif Dickens comes along to squash it all… or at least make us say “yep, that’s about right.” [Read more...]

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These Tortoises are Getting Cozy

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve heard about yarn bombing – it’s been slowly taking over the world – but have you ever heard of yarn bombing tortoises?? Ok, that’s not exactly what artist Katie Bradley is doing (it’s not like random reptiles are roaming around waiting to be decorated… I think) but she is crocheting cozy little costumes for her shelled friends – and they are amazeballs. [Read more...]

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These Dog Portraits Have Major Personality

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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When I ran across Elke Vogelsang’s dog portraits recently, I couldn’t get over how perfectly each one captured the close bond we can have with these canine friends – and the incredibly goofy moments they share too. Using mostly a wide angle lens to capture close ups, she has created an impressive collection that includes her own dogs; Noodles, Scout, and Loli – and now many from clients eager to have her reveal their dogs inner personality. [Read more...]

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Get a Sniff of this Street Art from Plastic Jesus

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
Street art by Plastic Jesus

Is that a huge pile of cocaine, a rolled up twenty dollar bill and an American “Excess” card? It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think. [Read more...]

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The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives. [Read more...]

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Forget Expensive Costumes: Here’s Some Low Cost Cosplay

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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So here’s the situation: you badly want to hit up Comic-Con, but you’re a few bucks short of a fully molded, hyper-real Ironman costume… like, $3200 short. The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Enter Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and his Facebook page Low Cost Cosplay.

You’ve got a bath towel and a pillow? Mirror mirror, now you’re the Evil Queen from Snow White. [Read more...]

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Why So Serious? Clownify Stickers Take Over the Ads in NYC

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a New Yorker, you may have noticed that some of the ads around town have gotten a little funnier. But it’s not the cold weather that’s turning everyone’s noses red, graphic designer Ji Lee is the one to blame, or maybe thank instead. Clownify Stickers is an ad hijacking project that has been making seductive ads a lot more ridiculous and funny ads a bit more hilarious. Ji Lee looks for the perfect noses to cover up with his bright red Clownify stickers, then decorates the ads in bus stops and subway stations all over the city. Unless you’re one of those people with clown phobias, this project is sure to brighten your daily commute. [Read more...]

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Doodles Come To Life on Transparencies

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a gigantic polar bear attacking San Francisco?! Fear not citizens, it’s merely a happy bear looking for a back rub… and using the Transamerica Pyramid for help.

Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) is dreaming up bizarrely fantastic scenarios and bringing them to the real world using just transparencies, white-out, a good old Sharpie and forced perspective. After doodling his work on the clear sheet, he holds it up and photographs it interacting with the scene behind. Each piece is made on the spot, perfectly matching situation – be it a monstrous day on the putting green or an afternoon grabbing tasty sushi (that seems to keep running away). [Read more...]

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“Stuff Being Thrown at My Head” is the Literal Title of This Photo Series

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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Apparently, photographer Kaija Straumanis has unbreakable eyeglasses. How do we know? Because it appears she’s had lots of things thrown at her head. This New York-based artist’s whimsical series sees her with glasses askew and various objects pelting her in the face. Yes, the concept is that simple… and it’s simply great. [Read more...]

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“I Could Have Painted That” – This “Children’s Book” is a Perfect Satire of Modern Art

Friday 02.28.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing in need of good satire, it’s the modern art museum. Thankfully writer and artist Miriam Elia was up for the task, and she’s created an absolute gem. Her book, We Go to the Gallery, mirrors the famous Ladybird Book line published as children’s books in Britain from the ‘40s to the ‘70s… but this edition might be a little more suited for adults… [Read more...]

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