Data + Design Project

8-Bit Polaroids Capture a Retro/Digital World

Monday 05.21.2012 , Posted by

What if the characters of the digital world seamlessly merged with the real one we experience every day? I’m not talking about the high definition world of Tron, but something a lot closer to the Atari 2600′s Pitfall. That’s exactly what California based designer Jherin Miller has done with his recent Pixels and Polaroids series. He envisioned digital 8-bit characters coming to life through the lens of a Polaroid camera… it looks like one fun, chilled out world to inhabit. [Read more...]

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Vintage Photographs Of Exotic Pets

Monday 05.14.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever dreamt of owning an exotic animal such as a tiger, monkey, or oddly enough, an anteater like Salvador Dali? How about attaching a leash to your pet rabbit and taking it for a walk… or maybe a hop? Maybe you always wanted to play with the neighbor’s kid, but the pet lion he had in his backyard prevented you from doing so. With the endangerment of species around the world it’s understandable in this day and age that there are special permits required in order to have certain exotic animals as pets… but not long ago was a time that the adoption of these animals were advertised in the local paper. [Read more...]

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Dead Man’s Tales: A New Solo Exhibition by Derek Nobbs

Thursday 05.10.2012 , Posted by

Passion for the old time mysteries of the sea is not a new phenomena, but creating beautiful art that captures these vintage vignettes and nautical themes is quite a feat. Derek Nobbs’ newest solo exhibition, Dead Man’s Tales, is set to open this Friday, May 11th at the Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, Washington. His watercolor and gauche paintings are interspersed with Civil War uniforms, frontiersman, deep sea divers, and bearded banjo playing skeletons — well, most of his work depicts skeletons — which is more than badass. [Read more...]

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The Lost Art of Brazilian Photograph Painting

Thursday 05.10.2012 , Posted by

Throughout the late 19th century up until the 1990s, these captivating and strangely painted portraits (retratos pintados) were a common practice in rural northeastern Brazil. Family portraits were retouched with a heavy hand, painting over the original image with bold brush strokes which transformed family members into the rich, healthy and beautiful… even the dead ones. [Read more...]

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Chinese Graphic Design from the 1920′s and 1930′s

Tuesday 05.08.2012 , Posted by

Nowadays it’s hard to imagine a time when graphic design didn’t involve sitting in front of a computer screen. Perhaps that’s why it is so intriguing to look through this collection of vintage Chinese graphic designs from the 1920′s and 1930′s. The illustrations come from the book Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century by Scott Minick and Jiao Ping. Lu Xun, who introduced modern woodblock techniques to China, influenced many of the design artists at the time. [Read more...]

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The Coolest Elevator in New York, By Far

Monday 05.07.2012 , Posted by

Like walking into the world of a Lewis Carroll novel or Tim Burton film, this elevator hidden in the back corner of a building in Queens New York, would certainly be wonderful to find. Looking exactly like any other lift from the outside, passengers are treated to a mind bending, dizziness inducing ride in the brightly colored interior… complete with tilting walls, wild swirls of color and tiny monster heads made of mechanical parts. Who would have thought this was all hidden in the back corner of the former Macy’s warehouse building? [Read more...]

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Interactive: Learn Good French Wines Like a Pro

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

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Have you ever been at a fancy hobb-nobbing party and said something like:

“Today most wines are fully mature. It has proved to be a delicious vintage but perhaps just short of the density, complexity and ultimate longevity for greatness. The whites were probably under-rated because they appeared, on tasting, to have little acidity. In fact it was there, but masked by the tannins from thick skins. This phenomenon, curiously enough, was repeated in both 1995 and 2005. Even so, 1985 whites will now be past their best.”

Ok… neither have I, but if you have ever wanted to sound like a fancy-shmancy wine snob, there has never been an easier time. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #169> Past, Present, Future

Saturday 04.14.2012 , Posted by

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Young Republican Women Partying Hard

Tuesday 04.10.2012 , Posted by

Remember the good old days? The days when instead of playing scrabble and angry birds on your phone you just smoked, played poker and enjoyed a good striptease show? You don’t do you? Well, the ladies of the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut sure do! [Read more...]

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Bizarre Animations from Library of Congress Photos

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

If the geniuses behind Monty Python had been working a number of decades earlier, their films might have looked a lot like these quirky remixed photographs from Flux Machine, the strange blog of Kevin Weir. Using vintage imagery from The Library of Congress, Weir cuts and animates his moving GIFs in a style reminiscent of the Flying Circus’ animations, creating something otherworldly and in this case, even a little creepy. Black and white images of russian Czars, german soldiers and even entire buildings, first appear as if they are the original print, then they quickly morph into something bizarre, unexpected and often amusing. [Read more...]

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