We take it for granted that water comes from the tap, but we don't appreciate that it often has to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles from its source to get where it's ultimately consumed. David Wicks, a masters student at UCLA, set about to fill that void, with Drawing Water, a project that's equal parts data viz and art project.
It's a dirty little secret of the upwardly mobile, a problem vexing households from Park Slope to Pac Heights: You're a modern-design junkie and a pack rat -- a Collyer brother in an Eames lounger. There's hope! The tangle of metal you see here is the perfect chair for compulsive hoarding in high style.
Brooklyn-based clothing label Outlier began with two friends in search of a decent pair of pants. "Riding my bike around the city, I just wanted durable pants that looked a little nicer and could handle rain," says co-founder Abe Burmeister.
The logo you see here belongs to OCAD University, Canada's leading art and design school. Organizations like to think of themselves as dynamic and iconoclastic, but this one actually is -- it's an art school, for chrissakes, the kind of place where doing anything ordinary is a crime on the order of being Thomas Kinkade -- and the mark, by Bruce Mau Design, reflects as much. It's designed like an art gallery, featuring an ever-changing stockpile of student art and design.
Planetary, a free iPad app from the data-artists at Bloom, is jaw-droppingly, eye-poppingly gorgeous. It analyzes your iTunes music library and visualizes it as a 3D galaxy, where artists become stars that form constellations, albums are planets orbiting those stars, and individual tracks are moons that spin around the planets. It's "music of the spheres" made stunningly literal. But according to Bloom, it's so much more than that.
What makes a political candidate attractive to voters? Is it an air of integrity? A rabid adherence to family values? A firm grasp of the geopolitical landscape?
Or maybe it's just the ability to flash a believable smile. Dan Hill, a facial-coding expert, argues that a politician's facial expressions can either charm or repel voters--thus determining their likability and ultimately the odds of winning the nomination. The results of Hill's analysis are presented in a series of infographics created by Doogie Horner.