Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah talai jone) - Inspiration

Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah talai jone) - Inspiration


In every sense of the word, Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah talai jone) very well could be the most colorful film ever created.

With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.

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Vibrant, Muted or In-between? - Spring 2011

Vibrant, Muted or In-between? - Spring 2011


The serene and cozy, but heavy and monotonous black, blue, grey and brown shades of Winter are melting from our minds and we're ready for those bright, warm colors of Spring. Undoubtably, we won't be short on color options, and telling from these three designers not everyone is on the same page when it comes to Spring colors. So, we'll just have to wait and see what colors flourish on the street this spring.

Mini Market


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 Blue Holes of the Bahamas

Blue Holes of the Bahamas


Blue Holes are named for the dramatic contrast between the lighter shades of the surrounding shallow water and the dark, deep blue holes where these natural formation plunge into the abyss. The deepest, Dean's Blue Hole, located in bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, reaches 202 meters (663ft). Many others are located in the same region (the Bahamas) as well as Belize, Guam, Australia and the Red Sea. The deep blue color is caused by the high transparency of water and bright white carbonate sand. Blue light is the most enduring part of the spectrum; where other parts of the spectrum—red, yellow, and finally green—are absorbed during their path through water, blue light manages to reach the white sand and return back upon reflection.


Images from neatoramam & Un Monde Ailleurs

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And It's not just incredible color palettes with unique contrasts and quintessential deep sea greens and blues that sceintist are discovering:

Swimming holes they are not. The inland caves on five islands sport freshwater caps covering heavier saltwater layers, sometimes filled with clouds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide released by salt-eating microbes, acting to preserve whatever falls within. Others contain whirlpools powered by the tides. - USA Today

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Inspiration - Tim Bavington

Inspiration - Tim Bavington


Thanks to the suggestion by Michael Edgerley we are looking at the work of Tim Bavington.

The Jack Shainman Gallery presented Up in Suze’s Room, an exhibition of new paintings by Tim Bavington in the fall of 2009. They had this to say about the exhibit:

Taking music as a starting point, Bavington translates chords, notes, guitar necks and solos into visual systems by approximating their equivalents in color and then spraying them with synthetic polymer onto canvas. Here Bavington presents a number of large-scale paintings in vibrant hues of red, fuchsia, orange, green, electric and pale blue, which pulsate like sound on the surface of the canvas...



...While the exhibition includes vertically striped paintings that are typical to Bavington’s oeuvre, it also features a new style of work such as All I Want to Do Is Rock (Fretboard) that displays a grid of larger bands of color. It also includes Cold Fire and Up in Suze’s Room, which both exhibit an uninhibited looseness where colors bleed into one another or fade in and out creating open spaces of white light within the composition. Vertical lines stand alone or mix with diagonals or horizontal bands. In some instances hazy, Rothko-like compositions inspired by album covers replace lines altogether. The album covers serve only as initial inspiration for these works that take on a life of their own. In doing this, Bavington unleashes colors intuitively to create paintings that offer harmonious visual impressions rather than simple representations of his source material.

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Living Color by Alan Parr - Philosophy

Living Color by Alan Parr - Philosophy


This is a section from Triiibes' 'Color and Form', a freely distributed eBook available to view and download on Scribd or here.

How beautifully leaves grow old. Their last days are a dazzling show of light and color. They rejoice in their true hues, uncovered at last. If we knew that we had more past than future, would we show our true colors?

The things we mean to say are put on hold; we listen to our internal muzak until just the right moment presents itself and more likely we blink and miss it. When all our mind’s lines are currently busy, those colorful words that reveal our true identity - words of humility, of joy, of sorrow - those words are never allowed to see the light of day. We pretend to reveal our opinions, coloring our politics red or blue. But, to be fair, these are really only surrogates for black and white. There’s more to us than that, isn’t there? Why do we conserve our emotions, horde our ideas, stash our wants and desires in the far flung corners of ourselves? Those little crocks of gold are landmarks of happiness we one day hope to unearth. Yet nothing stays the same, colors change. When will the time be right?

There is not a color in this world – sky, flower, earth – that is not here to enrich our lives. Living color; rich and deep. The natural world is free with its emotions, holding nothing back. It’s all out there, all of it, beautifully expressed in the vibrant language of color. But we tend to shy away from what is going on in the larger world around us. In the drabness of our beige offices and khakis, we insist that we are not part of that primitive display. We hold ourselves back, veiling our true colors. Why?

Alan Parr is a Writer, Designer and Entrepreneur. You can see more of his work at opensky.typepad.com and coroflot.com/alanparr

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Jennifer Bartlett: Recitative

Jennifer Bartlett: Recitative


"Jennifer Bartlett: Recitative” is on view through Feb. 26 at The Pace Gallery, New York City

A single painting that stretches more than 158 feet along three walls of the gallery. "Recitative" (2009–10) is Bartlett’s third large-scale painting and her largest to date in running feet. Comprised of 372 steel plates, the work is an epic exploration of color, painted in a style that reflects the reductive language of Minimalism and the rule-based systems of Conceptualism.

...it ranges across three walls of the gallery’s garagelike space, cycling through several styles of abstraction in a syncopated rhythm you can almost rap to. Essentially, it is a dialogue with art itself, where color is the central subject and intuition plays against mathematics. - nytimes.com

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Color Crazed Hair Crazies

Color Crazed Hair Crazies


The fearless, color obsessed folks at Hair Crazy display their love for color conspicuously on top of their heads, and are leading the way for color expression on the fringe.

Even if you're not all about alternative, extreme, unnatural hair colors, and you're not about to walk into the office with Napalm Orange hair, the community provides information about all sorts of hair dyeing matters, such as: application techniques, styling guides, informational how-to's, as well as product (hair dye) reviews, and various other tips & tricks. Information any hair chameleon, natural or not, might find useful. Of course, if you are ready to make the eccentric leap to 'super colorful', then this is definitely the place to visit. You people might want to start with the member photo timelines or the gallery organized by color to find inspiration of the possibilities, devour the beginner guides then order yourself some hair dye.


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You can check out the community's boldest and brightest hair colors and palettes in their hair color hall of fame, and keep up with the founder, Jude, as she works her way through every color combination she can think of on her willing test subject Adam.

Finally, for those who are perfectly happy with their natural brunette hair and wouldn't think of becoming a 'bluenette', the community offers plenty of old fashioned color inspiration for other applications. Here are few images from Adam's adventures and the most recent roundup of hair color hall of famers for color inspiration.

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The Colorful Work of Norman McLarren

The Colorful Work of Norman McLarren


One of the many wonderful recommendations made in the COLOURlovers forum topic, Animation, lead by liddle_r, is the work of sound animator and film director Norman McLarren.

Some of his earliest experimental work included washing then painting and scratching on used film stock, as he did not have access to proper filming equipment. That was just the beginning of McLaren's career. His innovation and experimentation won him many awards over the years, including an Academy Award in the Best Documentary, Short Subjects category for his film Neighbours (1952), as well as other awards at the Canadian Film Awards, Cannes and the Berlin International Film Festival. His experiments in animation and sound created many new techniques that have shaped what we know as film and animation today.


Synchromy (1971)

National Film Board of Canada: Here are pyrotechnics of the keyboard, but with only a camera to "play the tune." To make this film, Norman McLaren employed novel optical techniques to compose the piano rhythms of the sound track. These he then moved, in multicolor, onto the picture area of the screen so that, in effect, you see what you hear. It is synchronization of image and sound in the truest sense of the word.


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Web Color Trends - Buttons

Web Color Trends - Buttons


Selected from Inspiration Feed's "50 Examples of Pixel Perfect Button Design" here are 14 palettes showcasing some of the reoccurring color trends in web button design. Thanks to @joshuaschaible and @nickvegas (Grey Scale Gorilla) for sharing the link.


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The Colorful 'World of Warcraft'

The Colorful 'World of Warcraft'


World of Warcraft, the uber-popular 'massively multiplayer online role-playing game', has been mesmerizing people since its release in 2004, maybe even longer: the Warcraft world has been around since 1994. With over 12 million users reported in October 2010, and with those users logging an amount of hours of game play that would frighten and intrigue any social scientist, we're beginning to think there is more going on than just a series of never-ending quests, maybe people are there simply to enjoy and take in the scenery of the virtual landscapes and each zone's unique color palette.

So, recommended by one of our members who "especially likes the pastels of "Skywall", as well as the teal and tan of "Thousand Needles""--and supported by many, I suspect, we're exploring the colorful world of the latest expansion, Cataclysm, for inspiration. If you're looking for more, check out where all these screenshots came from, MMO Champion or on WoW wiki.

Post your World of Warcraft inspired palettes, colors and patterns in the comments.

Orgrimmar Eastern_Plaguelands

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