Data + Design Project

What It Would Look Like If Famous Artists Used Thanksgiving Food Instead of Paint

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
4 Vincent van Gogh

As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, or round two or three, allow these images to inspire your plating. Rather than covering them in heaps and piles of food, artist Hannah Rothstein decided to turn Thanksgiving dinner plates into works of art. She chose 10 artists that were easily recognizable and used their signature styles to plate traditional Thanksgiving foods. While most of us could only think of the Jackson Pollock, Rothstein shows off her painting skills and creativity in this perfect Turkey Day homage. [Read more…]


Selçuk Yılmaz Transforms 4,000 Pieces of Metal Into A Majestic Lion Sculpture

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
1 550 pound Lion Sculpture by SELCUK YILMAZ

As the saying goes, one man’s trash in another man’s treasure and that is certainly the case for Turkish artist Selçuk Yılmaz, who gathered 4,000 pieces of metal scraps for his latest creation. He spent 10 months hammering each piece and intricately arranging them to create a massive, beautiful lion. He calls the piece Aslan, which is Turkish for “lion”. The final product measures 10.8 ft x 6.06 ft and weighs 551 lbs. It is amazing to see a sharp, stiff material transformed into a smooth, flowing, life-like creature. [Read more…]


Movie Cars We Love: Photographs by Cihan Ünalan

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

Cars We Love 1

Sometimes the stars of our favorite films aren’t just the kind walking on 2 legs… they’re often the ones with 4 wheels that act as the main focus of famous chase scenes. Take the iconic Batmobile for example. The famous “mobile” has made it through a number of renditions, from the sleek George Barris built custom from the early 60s to the big-wheeled Tumbler of today’s Christopher Nolan directed films. Each one has sparked the imagination of viewers worldwide, inspiring some to create artistic tributes to their iconic forms. Turkish photographer Cihan Ünalan is that kind of fan, and he’s currently making a series of images paying tribute to famous movie cars and “mobiles,” giving us a refined look at their fantastic designs. [Read more…]


Hypnotized by Clones: Looping GIFs of One Person

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

Like a mob of cloned jesters, janitors and joggers, these motion GIFs capture an endlessly repeating chain of moving figures who quickly repeat the actions of those before them. In the case of the poi swinging fellow above, his endless actions overlap his exact duplicate who marches his exact path. Created by Turkish filmmaker Erdal Inci, the hypnotizing images were created from earlier video work he has been perfecting since 2004. [Read more…]


Beautiful Toilet Paper? Re-Imagining Everyday Objects

Monday 10.29.2012 , Posted by

Yes, you are looking at beautiful sculptures made from toilet paper. Sakir Gökcebag, a Turkish artist based in Germany, often creates his work out of commonplace objects and in this case he has taken the everyday roll of toilet paper and created delicate designs by draping the ribbons of the (hopefully) soft quilted paper. [Read more…]


Modern Movies Go Ancient East

Thursday 07.12.2012 , Posted by

Coming to an ancient Turkish theater near you: Star Wars! As part of his graduation thesis, Murat Palta created this exceptionally entertaining series of movie themed illustrations based on motifs from the Ottoman Empire. His eastern take on western cinema is as interesting to look at as it is hilarious… it’s such a unique take on traditional cinema. [Read more…]


The Anatomy of a Factory Farmed Turkey

Wednesday 11.23.2011 , Posted by

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! It’s the time of year in the US when waistlines widen, the kitchen smells it’s best and there’s only one thing that has to be on the table… a great big turkey! Over 240 million of the birds were raised in the US last year alone… and that kind of demand has led to some major changes in the way that the birds are raised. This graphic looks at some of the more strange things that go into a factory farmed bird… after reading it, that free-range, organic turkey at the market might look like a good option. [Read more…]


Lion unearthed in Turkey dates back 3,000 years

Wednesday 08.10.2011 , Posted by

Archaeologists have discovered a gate complex adorned with stone sculptures, including a magnificently carved lion that dates back to the end of the second millennium. Located in southeastern Turkey, the gate complex served as access to the citadel of Kunulua, capital of the Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina (ca. 950-725 BCE). [Read more…]


Turkish Love and War: Blissful Animation

Thursday 01.06.2011 , Posted by

Covering 294 walls in 4 cities while traveling 2930 kilometers, the Turkish electronic group Sokak Savasa Karsi, cuts out a street based animation against terror and war. To create the animation, figures of soldiers were cut out of ordinary pieces of newspaper and attached to walls around the four cities. Then capturing each soldier individually, they were animated for a blissful, loving finish. [Read more…]