Data + Design Project

Painted Wood Chips Become Pixelated Sculptures

Thursday 03.07.2013 , Posted by

1 Pixelated Sculptures by Shawn Smith

HD television has gotten so crisp that sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are just looking at pixelated light. When we are watching NatGeo it really feels like we are looking at a real animal in nature. Shawn Smith uses this fine line between reality and the digital world as the primary investigation for his art work. By cutting sheets of plywood or particle board into 1/2″ wide strips of varying lengths, then dying them different colors with hand-mixed dyes of ink and acrylic paint, he transforms an image into a 3-dimensional pixelated sculpture. Smith states, “Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.” [Read more...]


Trees in Nature with White Canvas Backgrounds

Saturday 03.02.2013 , Posted by


It never ceases to amaze me how much the network of branches on trees so closely resembles the circulatory system of mammals and living in Redwood territory I find myself in awe of trees all the time. Photographer Myoung Ho Lee captured the beauty of trees in a unique and tricky way. With his production crew, ropes, bars, and cranes, he created a canvas backdrop for different trees in all four seasons at varying times of day. The largest canvases were 60 x 45 feet and with a little retouching to remove the ropes and cranes, Lee created the illusion that the white backdrop is hovering behind the tree. By separating the tree from it’s natural landscape in the square of the canvas, but still revealing that landscape in the border, he focuses the viewer’s eyes right on the majestic qualities of the tree itself. [Read more...]


GIFs: Nature Repeats Itself

Monday 02.25.2013 , Posted by


To the world of GIFs comes examples that highlight some of more beautiful aspects of the natural world. Whether it be ladybugs, geese, baby turtles or foxes, Dutch tumblr blogger Marinus creates some warm and unique ones. His tumblr blog is titled “Head like an Orange” and he posts animated nature GIFs there weekly. [Read more...]


Tree Roots as Art Installation

Friday 02.22.2013 , Posted by


Yes, those are tree roots hanging from the top of the ceiling. They are there as part of an ongoing exhibit called “Secret Gardens” at the TENT Gallery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The artist, Giuseppe Licari, brought the trees to show an underworld many don’t get to contemplate much. [Read more...]


Decorating Nature: An Alternate, Painterly World

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

fig. 56- not normally associated with seasonal transformations, some stream-side stones actually will begin to pixellate in late autumn:early winter

People often talk about nature ‘decorating’ itself as the seasons change: leaves change colors in the fall, the world turns white in the winter, and things green back up in the spring. But what if nature actually did decorate itself in an artistic fashion? Artist Norm Magnusson has been experimenting with that idea, painting objects he finds in the natural world and through that creating something highly imaginative and fantastic. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #344> Angles & Curves: Landscape Photos

Thursday 12.27.2012 , Posted by

Check out your links after the jump.
[Read more...]


Nature’s Canvas: Illustrations Etched Into Mushrooms

Wednesday 12.26.2012 , Posted by

Cory Corcoran 1

Just when you think you’ve seen every possible medium for art, along comes Corey Corcoran who uses mushrooms as the canvas for his intricate drawings. The Boston-based artist etches imaginative scenes onto the surface of Ganoderma applanatum also known as Artist Conk mushrooms. As there is no erasing in this line of illustration, Corcoran must be very precise when he is engraving images into the mushrooms. Each specimen ranges in size from six inches to two feet and are mostly focused around plant life, insects, and people. [Read more...]


One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012 , Posted by

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more...]


Lego Birds in Real Life

Tuesday 11.27.2012 , Posted by

Among other things, Tom Poulsom is Lego crazy. Those other things? Those would be cars and birds. He’s combining his three passions lately to create some really incredible Lego based cars and now has expanded into making collections of birds which – when placed in the non-building block world outside – look surprisingly real. [Read more...]


Foxes Hidden in the Fine Print

Monday 11.26.2012 , Posted by

The images you see here were made by 19 year old Jade Phillips, an Alaskan artist who has combined two highly nostalgic and beautiful things: foxes and the printed page. She creates her works on the pages of Russian literature and newsprint, using sharpies and Prismacolor pens to mark-up the text into linear based shapes of the northern animal. [Read more...]

Page 4 of 71234567