Data + Design Project

Painted Wheels: Alexa Meade Creates a Real-Life Painting on a Mini… and People

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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The alluring Alexa Meade has a serious talent for transforming the real world into a painting, and her latest work sees her doing just that with an entire car in Shibuya, Tokyo. The project, part of a campaign with Mini, sees Meade painting the iconic car in her signature brightly hued style in the studio, then rolling it out on the street for gawking pedestrians to enjoy. She finishes the project by painting volunteers off the street, giving them a paint covered 15 Minutes of Fame (hey, didn’t Andy Warhol paint a car??). [Read more...]


Elaborate Book Sculptures Tower Over Customers in Japanese Bookstores

Sunday 10.13.2013 , Posted by

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In bookstores throughout Japan, there is a new marketing trend- stacking books like kids on Adderall playing Jenga. Known as Tawaa Tsumi (Japanese for “tower pile”, bookstore employees spend hours transforming books into these beautfiul, massive sculptures. With fancy spiral designs and clever variations, some look with awe, while others complain that this process is not good for books. Could this aesthetic demand be contributing to Karōshi (death from overwork) in Japanese bookstore workers? [Read more...]


Fantastic Tattoos Made from Dots. Kenji Alucky, Japan’s Traveling Artist, Hits New York.

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Stippling is a technique mostly associated with fine-tipped pens and a careful hand, but tattoo artist Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan is using the form on skin. His exquisite pieces are filled with geometric forms, both natural and mathematical, and most are created using his signature method employing fine dots. [Read more...]


Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by


When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more...]


How Creatives Work: Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by


Akira Kurosawa is respected as one of the greatest film directors who ever lived, and as a master of the Samurai genre of Japanese cinema. Films such as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” Ran,” “Throne of Blood,”  “Yojimbo,” and others, revolutionized cinema and introduced Japanese film to Western audiences. He always said he didn’t like talking about particular films after he had finished them. He wanted them to do the talking for him. “If what I have said in my film is true,” he explained, “someone will understand.” [Read more...]


Larger Than Life Paper Cutout Portraits Made From Massive Sheets of Paper

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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From now until September 8th, Japanese artist Risa Fukui has a must-see paper cutout exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex. The Japanese art of paper cutting, also referred to as kirie, has been the force behind some magnificently talented artists like Rogan Brown and Bovey Lee, but never before have we seen it on such a massive scale. In her exhibition called LIFE-SIZED Risa Fukui presents 10 works that look like scribbled portrait drawings, so much so that it is almost unfathomable that they were cut out from a gigantic piece of paper. [Read more...]


Artworks Unexpectedly Leap from the Canvas. Bizarre 3D Sculpture/Paintings by Japan’s Yuki Matsueda

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by


The fascinating works of Yuki Matsueda pop out of their box enclosures and frames, penetrating the viewer’s space. Yolks fly out of eggs, figures jump out of exit signs, and kings and queens leap out of playing cards. Matsueda was born in Ibaraki prefecture in 1980. He won the 2010 Nippon Paint Design Center Award and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a PhD in 2010. He has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #458 > Let’s Go Geometric With Architecture

Sunday 06.30.2013 , Posted by

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Band Geeks Put A New Twist On Hadoukening

Monday 06.03.2013 , Posted by

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This one time at band camp, some Japanese kids took over the photo meme known as Hadoukening. Sometimes called Vadering in the US, the trend was started by some Japanese school girls imitating manga martial arts moves from Street Fighter that sent their friends blasting through the air, spread through the world, and reached its peak about two months ago. But these young band kids have revived it, blowing their friends away with tubas and calling it “Tuba Gun” (チューバ砲 or “Chuuba Juu”). [Read more...]


Japanese Ad Features Meticulously Dissected Orange

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by


I don’t know about you, but by the time I have peeled an orange, I have a very hard time not quickly eating the juicy insides; the fragrant citrus smell fills the air and the sweet juice is one of the most refreshing tastes imaginable. But one patient Japanese person took the time to dissect an orange down to every last segment, peel, pulp, and drop of juice to arrange this beautifully designed ad for Shizuoka News. From afar the design actually looks like a newspaper, but as you look closer, you can see that the “text” and “pictures” are actually just meticulously arranged pieces of oranges. [Read more...]

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