Data + Design Project

Flashy Cars in Splashes of Colorful Marker

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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Who loves flashy cars and markers? Claeys Jelle is bringing these two friends together in magical ways. His renditions of lowered BMWs, speeding Porsches and classic V-dubs, are completely popping with color and a lot of splashes around the bodywork too. He’s even managed to include that Alfa Romeo Junior I’ve been lusting after. I like it.

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Artist Uses a Marker to Turn Her Dad Into a Superhero

Tuesday 06.04.2013 , Posted by

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Just in time for Father’s Day comes this hilarious photo series by Giulia Pex. The Milan, Italy- based photographer and illustrator wanted to show the world how she sees her dad- as a superhero! She captured photos of her dad standing on the roof, riding his motorcycle, weed whacking the lawn, and ripping off his button-down shirt, then added in whimsical illustrations to make these not-so-super events much more magical. With a Superman emblem on his chest to save the day, a bat mobile ride-pimping, a cape, and some tricked-out add-ons for his motorcycle and lawn tools, Pex’s dad goes from normal guy to courageous comic book hero. [Read more...]

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Mr. Chickpea & Friends Explore NYC

Thursday 02.28.2013 , Posted by

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As if the antioxidants, fiber, and deliciousness weren’t reason enough to love chickpeas, their personalities will certainly do the trick. In this playful series of photos by NYC based Turkish artist Sadi Tekin, little garbanzo bean heads explore the big apple. Tekin drew unique facial expressions on a bunch of dry garbanzo beans, utilizing the natural nose and chin grooves of the handsome legumes, then had a field day making bodies for them in unique New York (Ron Burgundy would be proud to read this aloud) locations. [Read more...]

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Richly Layered Ballpoint Pen & Marker Portraits

Sunday 02.24.2013 , Posted by

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Although these striking portraits by Toyin Odutola appear to be digital, they are actually illustrations using markers and many layers of ballpoint pen. Through her work, the Nigerian-American artist shows the many layers and constant evolving of an individual, often using herself or her brothers as the subjects. To achieve the darkness in the hair, she uses up to five layers of pen, but the main focus of her work is meant to be the skin. Just as the ink of a ballpoint pen is not really black, her images redefine blackness. She has published an abridged version of her masters thesis from California College of the Arts in a book called Alphabet: A Selected Index of Anecdotes & Drawings where she explains how her life experiences have shaped her art. [Read more...]

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Newspaper Blackout Poetry

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. He has compiled his poetry into a book called Newspaper Blackout and invites others to upload their own blackout poetry on his Tumblr page. It’s like a new twist on magnetic poetry that will leave you unable to look at a newspaper in the same way again! [Read more...]

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Seriously Cool Refrigerator Art

Friday 01.18.2013 , Posted by

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I wish I could have a T-shirt of every one of these rad designs by Charlie Layton. On his Tumblr, Freezer Friday, he spoils us with a new, brilliant image that he sketches on his trusty Kenmore icebox with a “pterrific” pterodactyl magnet. In just 25 minutes, the Philadelphia based freelance designer transforms his refrigerator into art. The fridge and freezer have a dry erase surface and with his black expo markers and clever mind he brings a little life to his kitchen. I’m obsessed with the lead here: Bob Ross painting a picture of himself, painting a picture of himself, painting a picture of himself, painting a picture of himself, painting a picture of himself, painting a picture of a penis. Why has this never been done before? [Read more...]

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To Infinity and Beyond! Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion. [Read more...]

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Colorful, Flowing Illustrations from Andrew Archer

Thursday 07.05.2012 , Posted by

I am seriously digging on these flowing, swooping illustrations from New Zealand based artist Andrew Archer. Each of his colorful pieces has an awesome throwback feel reminiscent of 60’s marker drawn advertising, especially his work done for Hannay Robertson, a financial group. Even stationary objects seem to be in motion, streaking bits of their color all over the page. [Read more...]

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