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These beautiful maps tell a complex story about how land is used across the US – Vox

March 31, 2015

In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, I love maps. Every map has a story, and designer Michael Pecirno has designed several different maps using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tell a story about land use in the U.S., and therefore its citizens too. For example, this one of urbanization:

While the locations of big cities aren’t a surprise, a close look at the map reveals all sorts of interesting development patterns, such as the rows of small towns strung along interstates in the Midwest, the absolute lack of development across huge stretches of the West, and the emerging Southeast megalopolis stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh.

I found the ones for corn and forests fascinating:

via These beautiful maps tell a complex story about how land is used across the US – Vox.

You can check out more at Michael Percirno’s minimal maps website.

Interactive Exhibition, Animations of Endangered Species using CSS

March 19, 2015

Designer Bryan James is trying to raise awareness and make people care about protecting animals and the environment, through interactive polygon art.

With more natural habitats being exploited for their resources on our planet, many species are in danger of extinction. To draw attention to this issue, designer Bryan James crafted a gorgeous interactive exhibition of 30 fascinating animals facing extinction, using morphing polygons.

In Pieces beautifully depicts rare creatures like the pygmy three-toed sloth, the Somali ostrich, the Brazilian armadillo and Kemp’s Ridley turtle with subtle animations as well as information on the threat to each species, visualized stats and links to preservation efforts to protect them.

more via This Interactive Exhibition of Endangered Species is Amazing.

The PancakeBot Will 3-D Print Your Breakfast And Turn It Into Art | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

March 11, 2015

More hackers are using technology to create art. This is a very tasty example.

For those of us who can barely roll out of bed in time for a bowl of cereal before work, pancakes for breakfast might seem a little aspirational. Especially pancakes shaped like, say, the Eiffel Tower. But if you’re bored with your usual morning routine, a new 3-D printer will do some of the work for you: Give the PancakeBot a picture of a kitten or President Obama, and it will print you a fluffy, edible masterpiece.

more videos via The PancakeBot Will 3-D Print Your Breakfast And Turn It Into Art | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED

March 2, 2015

This is reminiscent of the tree ring music project, but more intricate.

Were Hungarian embroiderers of centuries past encoding secret musical messages into their decorative textiles? Nope! But Zsanett Szirmay is decoding them anyway.

The designer’s latest project, Soundweaving, translates patterns from Eastern European embroidery into gentle, tinkling melodies. By translating the motifs from pillows and folk costumes to punch cards, and then running those punch cards through a hand-cranked music box, Szirmay finds the music that’s effectively been trapped in the textiles all along.

more via Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED.

Video: swirly ink weirdness in 4K slow motion – Boing Boing

March 2, 2015

Psychedelic ink physics in 4K, if you have an ultra-high-definition TV that is. I don’t, but it’s still spectacular. (The Slow Mo Guys)

via Video: swirly ink weirdness in 4K slow motion – Boing Boing.

Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert

February 27, 2015

…As much as I dislike stepping into the fray, it is rare that the combination of art and science makes such headlines, so, without further ado…

is the dress white and gold or black and blue

In case you missed it, this dress has been blowing up the Internet and tearing friendships apart since it was posted on Tumblr yesterday. Because even though the dress is so very clearly white and gold, some people out there are equally convinced it’s blue and black.

But we’re not going to get started on that debate. We’re here to tell everyone to chill, because there’s a scientific explanation behind this witchcraft. And, much to my horror, the dress is actually blue.

Read on to find out why.

via Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert.

Just for the record, my friend is able to switch back and forth between seeing it both as white and gold AND black and blue. I cannot. #thatdress

The Museum of Fabric Brain Art Revisited

February 27, 2015

I have seen knitted ovaries and plush organs, but it’s rare you see squishy (fabric) brains…

I featured this museum on the site several years ago. It doesn’t look like they’ve added much since then, but always interesting.

knitted brain

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art bills itself as “the world’s largest collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art.”

h/t to the Scientific Illustration for the Research Scientist page on Facebook, so thanks for the reminder, but check out the museum’s website for more.




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