Animated GIF's have been trending around the mainstream world wide web in the past year with simpler, more automated tools for the average human to create with. However, artistic phenomenon species such as the talented Mr. Div, have been skillfully crafting works of digital abstracts for years now.
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Mr. Div, aka Matthew DiVito, is a musician, motion graphics designer and aspiring game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. His GIF designs truly grab your attention quickly and hold your gaze for a mesmerizing moment or two... or three... I cant seem to peel my sight from these seemingly simple, yet complex designs.
"There's an aspiration there for a kind of very sharp,very PURE image quality, while people like me want to make things more soft and rough."
~ Matthew DIVito via Twitter @mattdivito aka Mr. Div
Matthew's artwork combines repetitive motion and dimension with incredible patterns and gradient palettes. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see some COLOURlovers patterns and palettes animated! See more of Matthew DiVito's work here on his CargoCollective website or his Tumblr site.
So what is a GIF? Formally called a Graphics Interchange Format, it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and caught trend for it's wide support and portability on the world wide web.
The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.
Directly Sourced: Wikipedia.org - "GIF"
Scandinavian design trends have brought on popular demand for folk art in many forms. The attraction in contemporary folk art might relate to the sentimental value with connections to generations past, although folk art was never actually considered a particular art form.
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Antique folk art was considered more a part of cultural trends in ordinary life, sharing community values and expressing lifestyle much like tribal art. An art form mostly based on cultural geography that continues to morph through modern day trends.
While it was never considered a movement in art, it certainly contributed to inspiration and influence for certain artists throughout history. Pablo Picasso for instance, was influenced by African tribal sculptures and masks.
Folk art has certainly gained a new spin and style by many modern illustrative artists. While many of these artists still seem fairly culturally bound by heritage, it again is not limited culturally and has spread to some degree to many more spaces of the world. The folk styling is much derived from personal tutelage and a portrayal of many different illustrative translations in art.
Styles like Ashley Percival, certainly portray an inkling of modern mixed with historic and geographic-culteral styles. While artwork amongst his Etsy Shop is largely centered around children's artwork prints, his colorful, unique creations can be seen on clothing, home-ware, decor, stationery, cards, and album covers. Ashley's client list certainly boasts that there is most certainly a place in this world for traditional art in modern product design showing that consumers today value it enough for it to become vastly corporate.
Recognizable brands such as Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Forever21 certainly speak volumes for what consumers desire in contemporary folk art designs. Ashley Percival is from the UK and has been a freelance illustrator, working professionally since 2010.
Helen Dardik is another fascinating folk artist! The shapes, the patterns and style cease to amaze me.
I have always seen Folk Art to be such a vintage trend based on things my mom had held on to from her childhood. My earliest, most distinct memory of loving Folk Art is a set of vintage Old Maid cards that were hers when she was a little girl. Ashley Percival and Helen Dardik both remind me so distinctly of those playing cards. Do you have a favorite modern or vintage folk artist?
Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you'll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.
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Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be! I'm about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.
Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com
Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?
The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.
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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.
What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.
Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era. Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?
Custom slip covers are all the rage spanning over Pinterest and Etsy these days. The options are endless to disguise your boring old throw pillows in to squishy pieces of art. Methods are not limited to, but include photo transfers, screen printing, hand stitching and simply using sharpies. Aside from using patterns or graphic prints to add artistic whimsy to your couch or bedspread, opt for lettering in the form of quotes or poetry as a great way to punch up any social atmosphere in your home.
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To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, I hope you'll enjoy this brilliant collection of the many slip cover types ranging from poetic classics quoted from the masters to downright amusing lines full of witty emphasis, down to abstract typographic meanderings.
J.R.R. Tolkien | "some feel the rain" | "trust the universe" | yellow & | hang.ry | gray alphabet | wedding song | "silence the mind" | "take me to the sea" | "all you need is love" | "I carry your heart" | Desiderata |
I truly love this trend of adding quotes, poems or words on to your average everyday throw pillows. Using slip-covers, it is an easy thing to switch up for seasonal messages or witty notes when you host.
There are a number of fun, member-managed wordplay games here on COLOURlovers. One specific group sets up a challenge with palettes combined with HAIKU, we did a feature on it in 2011 here. Check it out!
COLOURlovers has been a beautiful international creative clique since its conception in 2008. During its first years, the community thrived as a small island atmosphere; everyone knew everyone at this down-to-earth "local artists cafe." As COLOURlovers was presented to the outside world, it grew by leaps and bounds, and as more people were introduced to this colorful experience, being the community that you are, you opened your arms and welcomed the community’s growth.
I hike through the mountains of colorful palettes and get lost in the maze of intricate patterns, I see the beauty of these well loved creations synchronized in the gardens of our community, it makes me glow with pride that there are so many who create simply to create. COLOURlovers has always been a place of selfless design. This alone makes me thrilled to announce that we're back!
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The Renaissance: Autodesk + COLOURlovers
As most of you may know, in February of 2014, Autodesk welcomed COLOURlovers, along with our crafty little sister, Creative Market, into their fantastic creative family.
Autodesk boasts a plethora of professional arts and engineering apps; the two that speak loudest to my creative addictions are Pixlr and Sketchbook. Personally, two of my most proficient skill sets are traditional art and photography. This puts us in a fantastic position to gain more avenues of personal artistic growth!
Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.
Trends Are, Well, Trends
It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.
Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.
Does It Fit The Brand?
Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.
This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.
If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.
Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.
So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.
Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate's box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.
What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist's arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That's all you need to replicate any color you see.
How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object's color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!
Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn't come cheap. You'll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you're a digital doodler, there's a stylus alternative for $80.
har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.
Vintage Opera de Paris
Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Opera de Paris at night
View of Castles and Palaces in Naples
"See Naples and die". It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!
View of Old Castle in Belgium
Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium
View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel's façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.
Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant
Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!
Vintage Blackboard for Espresso
Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.
Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine
Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.