Data + Design Project

Detailed Beauty: Hand Drawn Data Analysis

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

Stefanie Posavec is one unique and extremely talented designer. Her personal works focus on some very unusual subjects too, analyzing the structure of books or mathematical division, and most unusually doing much of the work by hand with pen and paper. The more one knows about her complex projects, the more interesting and beautiful they become [Read more...]

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DIY Film Makers Toolkit: Make Better Films On A Budget

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

With all the amazingly high quality video equipment on the market today, and at affordable prices, it’s now possible to inexpensively knock out some stunning movie quality film results. What about those overhead floating shots and smooth long pans though? That’s gonna cost some extra dough in equipment… unless you check out some of the cool hacks in this graphic “DIY Filmmakers Toolkit.” Especially clever in this beautiful graphic made by Column Five for Wistia, are the tips for reusing paper lanterns and wheelchairs. Film on! [Read more...]

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Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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Watch it Now: San Francisco Time-Lapse in 3D

Tuesday 11.01.2011 , Posted by

This new 3D time-lapse video has me so pumped! A tribute to the lovely city of San Francisco, it features scenes from in and around the bay including a cameo by typewriter remix artist Jeremy Mayer in the beginning seconds.

What get’s me really going though, is the way this 3D technology is being made available to the masses. Shot with a two Canon 5D’s, the short uses Youtube’s new 3D feature, allowing viewers to select between a number of different viewing methods. You can select from various anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes, so if you have a pair of red and blue 3D glasses laying around, you can view the video that way. If you’re looking for a more realistic 3D view, and for those familiar with the old Magic Eye books, there’s a “cross eyed” method that works perfectly: simply cross your eyes until the white dots at the top of the video match up. Captivating! [Read more...]

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Visualized: How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Monday 10.31.2011 , Posted by

The world population was just 1 billion people in 1804, but now just two centuries later the people count on our planet has reached an astounding 7 billion. What has contributed to this exponential and dramatic increase, and what does it mean for us in the future? As this video and related article by NPR cleverly explores, the causes are far simpler than the solutions. What will our population reach in the next 100 years? [Read more...]

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Now Classic: Errol Morris Lives the High Life

Friday 10.28.2011 , Posted by

Roger Ebert once said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more… Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Perhaps best known for his documentary films such as The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, Morris has been honored with shelves worth of awards, including an Oscar. He has also directed a large collection of advertisements: here we bring you a sampling of what he considers his most impressive television achievement: over 100 retro-themed commercials for Miller Hi-Life. It’s a tribute to the classic American man [Read more...]

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Mega Time Lapse Video Of Burning Man

Thursday 10.27.2011 , Posted by

Burning Man, the huge annual festival held in the middle of the Nevada Desert, encourages an atmosphere of radical self expression and acceptance. Some say it is impossible to capture the experience on the flat playa, but this 19 minute time lapse video has come close to the feeling you get while you explore. We don’t have much information about who made this film but the description states it was created by James Cole, Jason Phipps and Byron Mason. We highly recommend playing it in 1080p HD and full screen. Captivating [Read more...]

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Legless Football Player Has NFL Dreams

Wednesday 10.12.2011 , Posted by

Bobby Martin was born without any legs. Born in 1987 with Caudal Regression Syndrome, he dreams of one day playing in the American National Football League (NFL). He lives with his mom and 3 year old son in Dayton, Ohio. For more game-day pictures, head over to 22 Words [Read more...]

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Snap Shots: Hitchhiking Across the USA

Thursday 09.29.2011 , Posted by

Using over 3000 photographs, Benjamin Oliver Jenks has put together a stop motion film about his hitchhiking journey across the USA. Having done this adventure myself, I think he has really captured what it feels like to cross the continent, randomly meeting new friends, sharing stories and creating fond memories. Want more hitchhiking inspiration? Check out the time I hitched across the USA dressed as a monk or watch the excellent series Thumbs Up by David Choe. [Read more...]

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