Data + Design Project

The Shape of Design: It’s How We Define It

Tuesday 02.22.2011 , Posted by

What exactly is design and how would we define it? Is it making something function well or making it look good? Graphic designer, illustrator and educator, Frank Chimero speaks at the Build Conference about historical views of design and the great importance of knowing many things outside of the field. Design is more a vessel than an object, he says, it’s primary worth being what it holds.
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The Language of Four Beautiful Cities

Friday 02.18.2011 , Posted by


Filmed on location in London, Paris, Barcelona and Beijing, this quartet of beautifully produced commercials are almost too seductive to be considered ad material… but that makes them more perfect still. Each film follows a hopeful traveler finding their way about the city, meeting new friends and enjoying the sights. The over exposed images are overlayed with crisp motion graphic typography that describes the scene in local tongue. The effect is elegant, educational and moving.
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Outlandish Claims through History

Monday 02.14.2011 , Posted by

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” Arthur Watson, Head of IBM, 1943.

We think this inspiring advertisment from Mercedes hits all the right points. The clip, set to moving music and featuring great vintage film footage, quotes noteworthy historical figures, all of which made doubtful remarks about now commonplace technology.
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When Reddit and NASA Footage Collide

Sunday 01.16.2011 , Posted by

NASA fan and Redditor, Reid Gower got frustrated recently with how the hugely inspirational organization has such poor public relations and media. His respose? To make an all out, goose bumps all over your body, video promoting the work of NASA and featuring the much missed voice of Carl Sagan. No, this isn’t an official NASA video… this is pure NASA love.

Quite a story has developed around this video too, spawning other remixes of NASA footage as space exploration fans attempt to create the media they want to see. We share some of those videos here.
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Inspiring: Rats Trained to Sniff Out Land Mines and Tuberculosis

Wednesday 12.08.2010 , Posted by


All over the world, people deal with a daily problem that is both life threatening and forms a structural barrier to any possibility of development: land mines. In this inspiring TEDx talk from Rotterdam, Bart Weetjens talks about his life changing project: training rats to sniff out land mines and tuberculosis to save human lives. He shows clips of his “hero rats” in training and in the field doing their much needed work.
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Tasty Retro Movies by Mammoth Media

Saturday 12.04.2010 , Posted by

Imagine floating on your back in a warm, sunshine-bathed lake. On the bank, light filters through the trees creating little sparkling reflections like silver coins floating on the surface. Hearing your friends splashing and laughing nearby your eyes relax lazily making everything go a bit out of focus… this is the life. [Read more...]

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3 Generations of History Told With Skin

Tuesday 11.30.2010 , Posted by


Filming a grandfather, his son, and grandson, Corey Aumiller tells the story of three generations of adventure. In his film 1926/1950/1984 we are given a snapshot of each man’s spirit through skin, scars, smiles and photographs. A Media Arts teacher at a suburban high school in Ohio, Aumiller uses his films to inspire his students and encourage community. [Read more...]

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Help Make: User Created Johnny Cash Music Video

Thursday 11.18.2010 , Posted by


The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art collaboration that invites artists to share their vision of the legendary Man in Black. Working with a single image as a template, and using an online image editor, contributors create their own unique portraits of Johnny. The image, added to a collection of artists’ works from around the globe, will be integrated into a music video for Cash’s last recorded song “Ain’t No Grave.” It’s a beautiful and touching tribute to an artist who influenced and moved so many. [Read more...]

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300 Years of Fossil-Fuel Addiction in 5 Minutes

Wednesday 11.17.2010 , Posted by

Humans have been riding the wave of fossil fuel consumption merrily for the last three centuries. Now we’ve reached the end of that upward climb and most likely face a roller-coaster ride down to a less consuming future. There’s still time to help control this decent to a post-carbon future and this video explains how.
For more information check out the Post Carbon Institute.

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Animating French Inspiration

Saturday 11.13.2010 , Posted by

As H. Jackson Brown said, “Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” With music by Norman Langolff, Gaby Concato and Sylvie Arditi, this first music video from the French album “Dr Tom ou La Liberté en cavale,” reminds us of the power our faces have every day.

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