Data + Design Project

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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Astounding Illustrations Brought to Life

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by

“It all began with the ominous death of a fox:” so begins the beautifully illustrated book Pincel de Zorro. An whimsical tale from Spanish author Sergio A. Sierra, the Japan based tale is complimented by wonderfully complex illustrations by Meritxell Ribas using a unique technique called grattage: paint is scraped off the page with a pointed tool, leaving only the canvas beneath. [Read more...]

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What’s Happening On the Other Side of the Earth?

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by

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What happened to you on 11.11.11? It’s only once per century that this unique date passes. The One Day on Earth documentary project, founded by Kyle Ruddick asks just that. The unique project worked with documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens to record the human experience over a 24-hour period. This is the second installment of the project, which started in 2010, which has been used to create a fully interactive archive with photo galleries, blog posts, and a video archive map.  The map allows for a visual, searchable experience to answer that compelling question: What’s happening on the other side of the world right now? [Read more...]

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Beautiful Stop Motion Journey Using Google Maps

Tuesday 11.29.2011 , Posted by

A tiny desk toy takes a journey from the office to the Pacific coast, thanks to Google Maps. I can’t get over how well done this stop-motion animation was made… and how cleverly. A personal project of director Tom Jenkins, all imagery is seamlessly animated straight from the screen using stills in street view; there are no screen replacements. The office around the screen dances to life too, bringing motion and depth to the scene. It’s gorgeous and moving. [Read more...]

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