Data + Design Project

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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Visual Bits #164 > Colorful Mimicry

Wednesday 04.04.2012 , Posted by

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Never Before Seen DogBowl Footage

Tuesday 03.27.2012 , Posted by

Paul Caridad and I have been on a Visual News road trip throughout the US to connect with artists of all kinds since the beginning of March. At our first stop in Carpenteria, California, we were introduced to one of Brooks Institute’s most highly regarded film students, Jake Janisse. The 27 year old from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is in his 2nd year at Brooks Institute and is excited to be finally fulfilling his dreams of becoming a feature filmmaker. [Read more...]

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How Perfect: Rube Goldberg Explains Perpetual Motion

Wednesday 03.21.2012 , Posted by

Rube Goldberg: it’s a name so closely associated with ridiculously complex machinery, so synonymous with the image of the crazy inventor, that it’s sometimes easy to forget he was a real person. Starting at the beginning of the last century, Goldberg’s ‘Inventions’ series was syndicated nationally, quickly making him a popular, household name. By the time this film was made in 1940, he was world famous and immensely popular. [Read more...]

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Retro WPA Inspired Poster Art for GOOD

Tuesday 03.20.2012 , Posted by

Do you ever see artwork in a magazine and think about how much fun it was for the artist to create? This is how I felt when I saw the WPA poster art inspired illustrations by Dan Cassaro for GOOD magazine. Each of these full page illustrations were for the latest issue of the magazine and meant to act as public announcements for our modern times. Just as the WPA posters of the past where witty, bold and colorful, Dan’s work is right on par. [Read more...]

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Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash Inspired Luggage Labels

Monday 03.19.2012 , Posted by

Ongoing design projects have been all the rage lately amongst the design community, and this luggage label project in particular has been getting a lot of viewers and designers very excited. The Been Everywhere Project was born out of graphic designer and illustrator, Adrian Walsh‘s, love for Johnny Cash’s music. After hearing the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” in his music queue, he came up with the brilliant idea of creating a project where he would invite talented artists to take part and design luggage labels for each of the 92 locations Cash mentions in the song. Once the project started, just as Walsh had hoped, designers began choosing places that meant something to them personally. Whether it was where they grew up, had family, visited, etc., each label so far has been very unique and meaningful. [Read more...]

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