Data + Design Project

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Personal Portraits of Parents-to-Be Sleeping As they Wait for Baby

Saturday 09.28.2013 , Posted by

1 Sleeping Pregnant Couples by Jana Romanova

While scrolling the feed on Facebook, trends among your friends become very clear. For many of us, after the red solo cup phase came the wedding phase, and naturally the heart hands around the pregnant belly button were the next big feed filler. Russian photographer Jana Romanova reached the point where many of her friends were entering this new chapter of life and she tells Slate, “It was a challenge for me to get used to it. I always try to solve my problems with photography, so I decided to make a project about it.” She asked her closest friends if she could sleep over their houses to capture their intimate pre-baby sleeping styles while they were actually asleep, so the results were natural and un-embellished, and called the project Waiting. As you can see the results were beautiful. [Read more...]


Old Toys Get Remixed Into Classic Paintings & Famous Faces

Tuesday 09.24.2013 , Posted by

1 Jane Perkins

With plastic toys in every fast food kids meal and birthdays and holidays galore, little plastic figurines and accessories are quite abundant in our landfills. Jane Perkins has an artful way of repurposing these little trinkets in her textile pieces, combining them with buttons, beads, and other small pieces that are often thrown in the trash. The British artist collects many of her found materials from Car Boot sales, which is the UK’s version of a yard or garage sale and insists that she never alters the colors of any materials. Once she takes her treasures home, she sorts them out by color and uses a hot glue gun to attach them in the perfect positions to re-create famous pieces, like The Girl with the Pearl Earring and the Mona Lisa, or stunning portraits of famous figures. [Read more...]


Tales You Lose: Classic Coin Faces Get Colorful New Identities

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

1 Tales You Lose by Andre Levy

With so much individuality in the world, who wants to look at the same presidents, prime ministers, and famous faces on their pocket change every day? Certainly not Frankfurt, Germany-based designer Andre Levy. Known as @zhion on Instagram this Brazil-born artist transforms dull coin sculptures into colorful familiar faces from pop culture, taking them from drab and lifeless to vibrant and one-in-a-million. His coin painting began as a project on Instagram, but he soon realized it makes the perfect Tumblr, which he calls Tales You Lose. [Read more...]


These Are NOT Photographs: Freakishly Realistic Portrait Paintings

Saturday 09.07.2013 , Posted by

1 kang kang hoon

Who needs a camera when your painting skills are better than photography? Korean artist Kang-hoon Kang creates large-scaled oil on canvas portraits that look way too real to be paintings- but they are. He doesn’t play it safe with flat, simple pictures, rather he shows glare and depth with a range of accessories on his subjects. With dynamic characters, each of his paintings invite the viewer to understand the person. Whether each person is being true to themselves or posing for his desired sentiment, each painting has a persona that begs the question, who am I? [Read more...]


Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People from Celebrity Photographer Matt Hoyle

Saturday 08.24.2013 , Posted by


Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People reads like a veritable who’s-who of hilarious talent. He’s got 130 portraits ranging from classic icons like Steve Martin, Dick Van Dyke and Carol Burnett, to today’s breakout stars like Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman and Steve Carell. As you can see, Hoyle doesn’t stick to one type of comedy or comedian. There are stand up artists, viral video successes, late night TV hosts, and film stars… anyone who has devoted their life to being funny. [Read more...]


Yesteryear’s Celebs Carved into Recycled Cardboard

Thursday 08.08.2013 , Posted by

Giles Oldershaw cardboard portraits 2

Giles Oldershaw has been creating some seriously interesting portraiture, often ispired by the subjects themseves. In one case he used a old bag to re-create a model’s “craggy baggy face” and in another case used a baked potato! In the last year he’s really been pushing his creativity, this time using everyday cardboard to create impressive portraits of yesteryear’s celebs – from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe. [Read more...]


Stardust Portrait Collages Using Hubble Images

Saturday 07.20.2013 , Posted by

1 Stardust Portraits by Sergio Albiac

In Cosmos, Carl Sagan said “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Sergio Albiac’s generative portraits embody this idea by utilizing images from the Hubble Telescope to create galactic collages, creating human faces out of the stars. Albiac created a computer program that can transform any portrait into stardust. He invites people from all over the world to share a facial image with him to receive a generative portrait made of the cosmos. [Read more...]


Artist Creates Paintings Out of Dead Butterfly Wings

Friday 07.19.2013 , Posted by


Butterflies are one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, but with a lifespan ranging from a few days to a year (for migrating Monarch), but on average a few weeks, their beauty is ephemeral. Russian artist Vadim Zaritsky immortalizes the magnificence of butterflies by using their wings in his paintings. No butterflies are harmed in this process, for he only uses the wings of those that are already dead, which he gathers on the roads in his hometown of Lipetsk or gets from collectors (if the wings are imperfect). A former police officer, Zaritsky has created over 100 butterfly pieces in the last five years. Each work can take anywhere from a week to several months to complete. [Read more...]


Complete Strangers Pose Together for Portraits

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by


In America, one of the early warnings children receive from their parents is the saying “don’t talk to strangers.” It is for good reason and serves to protect them from the potential child predator. Yet, somehow this propaganda which gets etched in these young minds can evolve to a mental state where fully grown adults are always hesitant to trust anyone they don’t personally know. The reality though, is that most people on this planet are in fact friendly and nice, and share similarities with everyone; similarities such as loving family, working for a better life and being loved. Photographer Richard Renaldi created a photographic project in 2007 called “Touching Strangers.” In this series, Renaldi sought to create unpredictable variables into traditional photography, and to create spontaneous relationships between complete strangers. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #460>Now You See Me:Portrait Photography

Wednesday 07.03.2013 , Posted by

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