Data + Design Project

Buildings Spray Paint Stenciled on Old Cardboard

Monday 04.30.2012 , Posted by

While these may look like photographs of large apartment blocks from Eastern Europe, what you are actually seeing are highly detailed artwork on common cardboard. That’s right, Berlin based artist Evol takes discarded pieces of cardboard, tape and grease pen markings intact, and spray paints near photo-realistic windows, doors and light posts with stencils on their corrugated sides. Surprisingly, the many layered paintings on the rough texture come off looking much like the beige facades of well worn buildings in pre-gentrified East Germany. [Read more...]

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Levitating Sculptures Gracefully Defy Gravity

Wednesday 04.25.2012 , Posted by

In woodlands, public spaces and private gardens around the world, artist Cornelia Konrads creates dreamlike outdoor sculptures that literally lift off the ground. In one case, the rocks making up a stone wall lift into the air as if pulled by an alien tractor beam; in another, woodland sticks converge from the forest floor to form a doorway to nowhere. It is a surreal and dreamlike experience which would certainly be special to encounter on a leisurely stroll. [Read more...]

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Bizarre Animations from Library of Congress Photos

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

If the geniuses behind Monty Python had been working a number of decades earlier, their films might have looked a lot like these quirky remixed photographs from Flux Machine, the strange blog of Kevin Weir. Using vintage imagery from The Library of Congress, Weir cuts and animates his moving GIFs in a style reminiscent of the Flying Circus’ animations, creating something otherworldly and in this case, even a little creepy. Black and white images of russian Czars, german soldiers and even entire buildings, first appear as if they are the original print, then they quickly morph into something bizarre, unexpected and often amusing. [Read more...]

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The Morning After: German Clubs After Everyone Leaves

Tuesday 04.03.2012 , Posted by

A couple of German students from Hamburg decided to start a photography project. They wanted to take photos of well known German nightclubs after everyone had spent a heavy night of dancing, drinking and partying. Taking the shots in the early morning after everyone had left, they aptly named the art project The Morning After. [Read more...]

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Landscape Photography Melts into Color Fields

Thursday 03.22.2012 , Posted by

Looking a lot like a Technicolor concept for Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, the landscape photography of Robert Schlaug is captivating in its simplicity. His works take the outside world and stretch their colors, creating linear striped gradients of their natural palette. The carefully chosen starting points for his gradients playfully interact with their surroundings, sometimes appearing like waterfalls at the edge of a country road, other times becoming a wall-like digital sunset. [Read more...]

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CARPETING THE WORLD WITH GOOGLE MAPS

Wednesday 12.28.2011 , Posted by

Intrepid German designer, David Hanaurer shows us a fascinating view of the world with his “WorldWide Carpets”. Using Google Earth and Google map images as patterns, Hanaurer has created modern versions of the Persian rug. [Read more...]

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5 Facts About Hugo Munsterberg, the Father of Forensic Psychology

Thursday 08.25.2011 , Posted by

Hugo Munsterberg Chain Reaction

All great and interesting sciences and scientific studies have come from equally great and interesting scientific minds and the field of forensic psychology is no exception. The man often credited with being the founding father of this field, Hugo Munsterberg (not to be confused with the little scene distant German cousin of Herman Munster on “The Munsters”), had some rather peculiar moments in his own life that may not have made him Ernest Hemingway, but at least it explains why he decided to study into psychology (possibly for the free treatments). [Read more...]

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A 16 Year Old’s Surreal Photo Manipulations

Tuesday 08.02.2011 , Posted by

Hailing from Duisburg, Germany, 16 year old photoshop prodigy Phillip Schumacher creates some truly outstanding surreal works featuring himself and his friends. The images take us on a journey into his realm of youthful fantasy where dinosaur skeletons come to life and cosmic bodies visit in the night. The combination of his honed photo manipulation skills, along with perfect composition and acting/posing really set each one of these images apart. See more of this talented fellow’s art on flickr and be sure to check back often because we’re sure he’s going places. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Pen & Ink Architectural Landscapes

Sunday 07.31.2011 , Posted by

These pen and ink illustrations by German artist Denis Andernach are incredibly striking, their elongated perspectives pulling the viewer in to explore the serene architectural landscape. His now classic drawing techniques harken back to a day of large drafting tables and rubber erasers and modern design. For more of his beautiful work, see denis-andernach.de [Read more...]

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Man As Industrial Palace: Classic Poster Animated

Tuesday 04.19.2011 , Posted by

In 1926 German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn created this fascinating chromolithograph of the human body and it’s imaginary inner workings. Conceived at a time when Germany was a world leader in the chemicals industry, Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) compartmentalized the body, creating rooms where workers diligently carried out the circulatory, digestive, metabolic and respiratory work of the body. In this modernist view of anatomy each input, be it air or food, was broken down into it’s individual elements.

After being forgotten for many years, Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has recently breathed new life into the classic poster. Illustrating 6 different cycles within the “human factory,” he created a captivating and highly detailed animation of the poster as it has never been seen before. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post and his full presentation of the project at industriepalast.com.

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