Data + Design Project

‘Starry Night’ Enhanced with Open Source Software

Sunday 02.12.2012 , Posted by

The Starry Night

When today’s technology is used to “improve” masterfully created artwork from the past, the results are normally disastrous. The old form of manual creativity flowing from mind to eye to brush to canvas is an intimate engagement that yields results no computer could ever duplicate even in the hands of the most skilled graphic designers.

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Mad Men Meets Star Wars?

Thursday 02.02.2012 , Posted by

What do you get when you mix a powerful Jedi Knight with a top selling Ad Man? A company called Sterling Cooper Vader Price according to this videos creator. Wisconsin-based graphic designer Dann Matthews had the very unique (and weird) idea of mashing up the 46 second intro to Mad Men with Darth Vader starring as Don Draper. Considering the dark silhouette used for the TV show’s intro, Darth seems right at home. The Imperial march plays in the background as Vader falls, as if symbolizing the ultimate downfall of his power. [Read more…]


The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Tuesday 01.31.2012 , Posted by

Author James E. Starrs once said “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling” and this catchy new video, which will make you smile ear-to-ear and itch to hop on a two wheeled contraption, proves Starrs was right. I’m sure Montreal based cyclist Guillaume Blanchet would agree too. He spent 382 days riding through the streets of the sometimes cold, sometimes hot and sometimes rather scary Canadian city filming himself from the handlebars of his bike, all the while looking like he lives on the saddle. [Read more…]


Storytelling with Sand

Monday 01.16.2012 , Posted by

With only a few handfuls of smooth volcanic sand, a ligthbox, and a projector, Kseniya Simonova moves audiences with her sand art performance. The fluid gestures of her arms tossing and wiping the sand, all in sync with the accompanying music, brings her stories to life. Simonova’s face remains expressionless during her shows, letting her movement and sand reveal her true emotions. [Read more…]


When Books Play at Night

Tuesday 01.10.2012 , Posted by

Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp like to re-organize book shelves and make snappy animations. See their latest example below set to custom music as they re-organize a book store in Toronto. Beautiful and rhythmic; it’s all for a love of books. [Read more…]


Location-Aware Albums are Like Real-Life Soundtracks

Thursday 01.05.2012 , Posted by

Imagine walking through a public space and having your music change as you stroll, fitting perfectly with each new setting like a soundtrack to your life. Can you picture it? Want it? Then check out BlueBrain’s location-aware albums.

To promote their latest tracks, BlueBrain, a Washington, DC-based music group comprising two brothers, launched a series of iPhone apps that play the band’s latest tracks according to the geographic location of its listeners in Manhattan and Washington. [Read more…]


Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets

Saturday 12.17.2011 , Posted by

Is grafiti a public nuisance, a travesty, destruction of public property, or art? Watch “Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets”, film director Alex Stapleton’s cutting-edge documentary on the “Art in the Streets” exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. See the process of creating graffiti and the resulting art. [Read more…]


Moving “Carp-Pet”: A Magical, Waterless Fish Tank

Thursday 12.15.2011 , Posted by

Designer John Leung, who calls himself and his designs “illusive x ingenious x magical,” recently won the 2011 RedDot design award “Best of the Best” for his “Magic Carp-pet Rug”. This is a much sought after award, coveted by many in this competitive international market. Winners of the world’s largest and most distinguished product competition can expect world-renowned recognition, having proven that their design is of irrefutable quality. [Read more…]


Watch Out For Falling Bar Graphs!

Wednesday 12.14.2011 , Posted by

We get a real kick out of data visualization here at Visual News, so when we ran across these disaster themed commercials featuring an avalanche of falling bar graphs and molten pie chart pools striking the city, we had to laugh. Produced by Anonymous Content, the series is titled It Can Happen and features one clever hook of a catch line at the end. The first advert is quite a bit more effective in our opinion, featuring no dialog to distract from the data disaster befalling the city, while the following two examples rely on witty dialog to more obviously convey the point. Which ever you prefer, the animations are well done and highly effective. [Read more…]


Dancing Pieces of Paper in Stop-Motion

Tuesday 12.13.2011 , Posted by

Scraps of paper come to life, dancing and transforming in Steven Briand’s captivating short films. Also known as Burayan, the Paris based director uses combinations of live action and stop motion to create seamlessly flowing pieces of video art. Here we bring you two of his newest pieces, Friction and Protéigon. [Read more…]

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