Data + Design Project

TED-Ed: Bringing Hundreds of Classrooms Home

Monday 03.12.2012 , Posted by

Teachers are an amazing resource to all of us, helping us to understand everything from mathematics to the mysteries of the universe. But while some are lucky enough to have wonderful, educated teachers in their life, the actual reach of those individual teachers is quite small… much of the time only as big as a classroom. How can this small influence be broadened? How can we make these incredible lessons more accessible to all? Enter the newest chapter in the TED saga: TED-Ed. [Read more...]

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The Incredible, Invisible Mercedes

Saturday 03.03.2012 , Posted by

Hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles only produce one thing as they drive about: a tiny bit of water vapor. Because most of the world is made of the stuff, this makes them nearly invisible to the environment. Taking a cue from this fact, when Mercedes recently decided to promote their new F-Cell concept vehicle along with its zero emissions, they created this incredibly smart promotion to get the point across convincingly… even if it was a little hard to see. [Read more...]

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Partying in Rio: A Tilt-Shift Carnival Film

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

Music, costumes, masquerades, dancing, food and five days of all night partying describes Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Film director and musician Jarbas Agnelli, in partnership with photographer and filmmaker, Keith Loutit, set out to capture this amazing event on camera in a way it has never been seen before. In the five days of carnival, the pair shot 167,978 photos, then with masterful editing and a soundtrack composed by Agnelli himself, they composed a tilt-shift style video from their stills titled The City of Samba. The final product is nothing less than amazing. The original score fits perfectly with what is being seen and conveys all of the right emotions. Watching the video, you forget that they are still shots and the effect of the tilt-shift makes everything look like claymation. A genius way to change the regular perspective of a larger than life festival. [Read more...]

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‘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...]

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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...]

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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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