Data + Design Project

Kids Build Map of Japan Made From 1.8 Million Legos

Wednesday 08.15.2012 , Posted by

Before you write this project off as another example of the multitude of huge Lego projects around the web, consider the unique way this wildly vertical map of Japan was made. In celebration of the block-based building systems 50th year, the company’s Japanese subsidiary sponsored a nation wide building project which saw the participation of over 5000 kids in 6 different regions to create the piece. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #240 > All Around the World

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

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Haunting Images of a Spinning Woman

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

You can use animated GIF’s so many ways – from the cheesy sparkling graphics that dominated MySpace, to looping film clips or artfully animated drawings – there are a host of possibilities. These GIF’s, coming out of Japan at about 2 per week are really something different though. From the Tumblr blog, RRRRRRRROLL, the images feature a mysterious woman who spins in circles while the rest of the world stays completely still. More unusual, as if she is being spun by some unseen force, her feet stay aligned with her body as she spins. [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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Decorative Manhole Covers From Japan

Tuesday 06.12.2012 , Posted by

Some people have seen them, some have not. Throughout the country of Japan, the covers that enter into the underground are not simply plates of iron: they bring a happy and refreshing visual display as one walks and goes about their day. [Read more...]

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Introducing Touchy, A Human Camera from Japan

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by

Touchy is a camera that is placed on one’s head and only takes photos when the person wearing the camera is physically touched. Every time a person makes contact with the person wearing the camera head, it will open its shutter like eye-holes and take photos. If the person keeps holding on to the touch of that person, then the camera will take a shot every ten seconds. [Read more...]

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Fake Japanese Characters Market Fake Products

Wednesday 04.18.2012 , Posted by

Japanese culture is famous for its highly unique character design… from the iconic Hello Kitty, to artistic manhole covers and sometimes totally weird product mascots. To many eyes, these characters don’t even make much sense with what they are selling… but that’s a big part of the charm. Taking his cues from this unusual design sense, Argentinian artist Juan Molinet is creating an entire series of fake Japanese characters marketing equally fake products. The colorful figures are quirky and completely spot-on. [Read more...]

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Japan’s Real life Jurassic Park

Monday 04.16.2012 , Posted by

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A couple of hundred miles to the south of Tokyo in the Philippine Sea lies the island of Aogashima. Administered by Tokyo and part of the Izu Archipelago, the island’s 205 inhabitants (2009) enjoy a type of solitude that many will never experience. This island is known for having a volcanic caldera within a larger caldera, which makes the island’s unique shape resemble a tropical scene from the set of Jurassic Park or Lost. Only accessible by boat or helicopter, one could end up trapped here pretty easily if the seas get rough or a tropical storm makes its way in. [Read more...]

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The Peacefulness of Levitation

Friday 03.30.2012 , Posted by

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Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese photographer who takes levitating self-portrait shots in very interesting situations — surrounded by other people on trains, in the middle of streets, and wherever a little bit of levitation is lacking. The beautiful young photographer has a great sense of humor claiming, “Since I’m yowayowa, it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around.” Yowayowa is the Japanese term for “weak” or “feeble” but in reality, it’s probably a good thing to be small and lightweight. In some cases Hayashi has to jump hundreds of times to get the right shot, transforming a simple image of her jumping into the unique levitation photos for which she has gained notoriety. [Read more...]

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TRON: Japanese Style!

Thursday 03.15.2012 , Posted by

Tron is back… in Japan! This beautifully choreographed 5 minute clip of Tron inspired goodness shows 8 dancers in full Tron-like suits that turn on and off. As they move, they come together, disappear, only to reappear somewhere else. It is an exceptionally well done dance piece and inspires new ideas for dances whether at a school play, a theater or a communal gathering such as Burning Man. Enjoy the show! [Read more...]

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