Data + Design Project

Historical Figures Get a Modern Makeover

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

1-Elizabeth I

To celebrate its new series, The Secret Life Of …, the UK’s history TV channel Yesterday commissioned artists to work with historians to provide a modern characterization of some of the most famous figures in history, as if they were alive today. The remixed paintings provide an educational account of what each figure was like which is stretched to assume how they would dress and carry themselves today. Modern day Queen Elizabeth I sports a Hilary Clinton hairstyle with a stylish, designer suit and keeps her notoriously hideous teeth concealed with a straight face, though it’s likely she would have veneers in today’s times. William Shakespeare would surely be a hipster and he is shown with piercings and hair plugs to keep up with the actors of today. [Read more...]


Cesar Santos’ Legendary Artist Remix

Wednesday 03.20.2013 , Posted by

Woman with Glasses and Goatee

What if Picasso and Rembrandt had met to have cocktails in 1953? You can imagine the talks they would have had: electric, inspired, and maybe even heated. The work that could have spawned from such a conversation might have looked a bit like that of Cesar Santos. His paintings seemingly bring the works of masters – from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century to Modernism – together, juxtaposing their styles one on top of the other. It’s a patchwork of inspired painting. [Read more...]


Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

Mike Mitchell Superman Re-Skinned 1

Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new. [Read more...]


Animated El Bocho: Berlin Street Art Comes to Life

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

Web based artist ABVH made a splash earlier this year when he payed tribute to Banksy’s street art by creating 6 animated versions of the iconic artists pieces. In those works, sign inhabiting rats sprung to life, policemen got amorous, and a parking lot became much more playful. Now, taking his cues from ABVH’s project, Berlin based artist Nicolas Molès has created animated work based on local street artist El Bocho’s playful work. [Read more...]


Your Favorite Movies Remixed into An Audio Playground

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to get enough of these amazingly beautiful movie remixes from audio/visual master Pogomix. It’s not so much about the video here though, but more about the intricate audio collages remixed from the sounds in each film. Pogomix does this adeptly, creating electronic music which sweeps us away into a nostalgic sugar high, reminding us of our youth and tickling our ears with smooth sine wave bass. He’s taken such hits as Hook, Harry Potter and about every Disney Princess movie, and created extremely catchy tunes using sounds from the films. [Read more...]


Banksy’s Art Comes to Life

Friday 06.01.2012 , Posted by

Without a doubt, the most famous street artist in the world, Banksy, has taken the art world by storm… even when people at first ignored his talents. Now, elite galleries and collectors worldwide vie for his pieces, and photographs of his newest street editions make the rounds of the internet hours after they appear on walls. Here, many of his most famous works are re-created by declared fan Nick Stern using real people to emulate them. [Read more...]


Bizarre Animations from Library of Congress Photos

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

If the geniuses behind Monty Python had been working a number of decades earlier, their films might have looked a lot like these quirky remixed photographs from Flux Machine, the strange blog of Kevin Weir. Using vintage imagery from The Library of Congress, Weir cuts and animates his moving GIFs in a style reminiscent of the Flying Circus’ animations, creating something otherworldly and in this case, even a little creepy. Black and white images of russian Czars, german soldiers and even entire buildings, first appear as if they are the original print, then they quickly morph into something bizarre, unexpected and often amusing. [Read more...]


Classic Art Through A Sci-Fi Lens

Tuesday 02.14.2012 , Posted by

What happens when you take world-famous artworks from the distant past and re-interpret them through the lens of modern fantasy? I’m not sure what’s more exciting about these artworks, the fact that they where made based on some of the worlds most famous paintings, or how well each re-working stands up on its own. [Read more...]


Sleeve Faces: Remixing Old Record Covers

Monday 12.26.2011 , Posted by

You can’t do this with your MP3’s! Clever audiophiles the world over have been taking old, beloved record sleeves featuring head shots of famous musical artists and creating the illusion that their body continues past the frame. Some of these are really well done, including clothing that closely matches artists such as David Bowie, Tom Waits, Elton John, Feddie Mercury and Lou Reed. [Read more...]


Remake: Classic Art Re-Interpreted

Friday 10.14.2011 , Posted by

Classic artworks get re-made in’s photo project, ‘Remake’. Artists from van Gogh to Cindy Sherman where re-interpreted by photographers in the UK based project, playfully lending their artistic license to give the works a new aesthetic. Artists were encouraged to minimally modify their original images, lending the project a raw, snapshot like feel in many examples. See many more of the excellent submissions at [Read more...]

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