Data + Design Project

California Americana: Photography of Harper Smith

Wednesday 07.04.2012 , Posted by

California has a look and feel unlike any other place in the world. Not only does it sit firmly behind the wheel — pole position — taking us all to the promised land of the future; but, it can never fully shake the traditions of the past. There’s something cosmic about the ocean, occult about the deserts, and mystical about the sun and moon of California that separate it from anywhere else. It’s not something easily explained to people, it’s something felt. Like having a glass of red wine while watching the sun set over the hills from a balcony overlooking a canyon, the sunlight kissing the brush gently as the shadows take hold, carrying everything into the night. Photographer Harper Smith catches these divine moments for us on film… maybe so we don’t have to burn them into our collective consciousness, hoping to keep their vision before us in silent wonderment. [Read more...]

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Vintage Dancing Queens with A Colorful Twist

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

One of the most gorgeous displays of the human form is a ballerina in a pirouette. There is something so elegant and timeless about the poise and physique of a dancer. Yet artist Jose Ignacio Romussi Murphy has found a way to make these classic beauties even more stunning. The artist embroiders colorful threads into vintage photographs of ballerinas to bring a new livelihood and panache to the already stunning dancers. [Read more...]

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Famous Musicians Show Off Their Sporty Sides

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever wondered how Bob Marley kept his slim figure despite having the munchies constantly? It could be from playing soccer backstage. In this collection of vintage photos, you will see a side of some famous musicians that you may have never known about. Bob Marley, Elton John, Robert Plant & Rod Stewart enjoyed kicking the soccer ball around (some more scantily clad than others). George Harrison, Pat Boone, Trini Lopez, and Bob Dylan loved hitting the tennis courts, while Frank Zappa, Ray Davies, & John Dalton preferred their tennis on a table. [Read more...]

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Tumblr Treasures- Questionable Advice

Thursday 06.07.2012 , Posted by

Advertisements have been shaping societal values for centuries. They offer advice for how to best “fit in” to the mainstream culture. As our values change, not always for the better, it is fun to look back on the messages that people took to heart before our time. The featured Tumblr this week is called QuestionableAdvice and it is a collection of advertisements from the past. [Read more...]

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Where could it be? Tracking Vintage Album Art in NYC

Tuesday 05.29.2012 , Posted by

While strolling, or should I say hustling- to avoid tourist-hating glares and eye rolls, through the most populated city in the United States, I would always wonder how many amazing people had walked the very same sidewalks as me. In the city where celebrity sightings are as common as taxi drivers cutting people off, it would be difficult to find a street in Manhattan that doesn’t have some secret claim to fame. The birthplace of some of the greatest music of all time, New York City is where many artists got their starts in all different genres of music from jazz to punk rock and everything in between and also the place many of them chose for their album art photos. Real Estate Agent by day, Bob Egan spends his free time as an album art detective, hunting down settings of some of his favorite records for popspotsnyc.com. [Read more...]

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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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