An American Indian Color Legend

An American Indian Color Legend


Color legend quoted from First People:

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.


GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."



BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."



YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."

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8 Coffee Shops Using Color & Design to Attract Customers

8 Coffee Shops Using Color & Design to Attract Customers


When it comes to coffee shops, cafes and espresso bars the focus–as it should be–is usually placed on the quality of the beans and the craft of the baristas, but there are instances when coffee takes second seat to atmosphere: when having a meeting; when you're unfamiliar with a city and just searching for a cup. In a saturated market like coffee, where most cities have more coffee shops than Starbucks (*that's a joke) owners and designers have the task of creating a unique atmosphere that is at the same time fresh & clever yet includes comforting nods to an understanding of the evolving coffee culture.

Here are 8 colorful coffee shops with concepts that are percolating through the coffee market into many others, and grabbing the attention of consumers (coffee snobs~).

 

1) Unique Interiors

Cielito Querido Café, Mexico

by Esrawe

In collaboration with Ignacio Cadena and inspired by Mexican and Latin graphic design of the late 19th to early 20th century. More info and images.

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Color of Medication Affects Efficacy - News

Color of Medication Affects Efficacy - News


According to recent research the color, shape, taste and even name of a tablet or pill can have an effect on how patients feel about their medication. Choose an appropriate combination and the placebo effect gives the pill a boost, improves outcomes and might even reduce side effects. Now, researchers at the University of Bombay, New Mumbai, India, have surveyed users of over-the-counter (OTC) medication to find out just how much the color of a tablet influences patient choice.

Writing in the International Journal of Biotechnology, R.K. Srivastava and colleagues report that red and pink tablets are preferred over other colors. Their survey of 600 people showed that for three quarters of people the color and shape of their tablets act as a memory tag for compliance. Strangely, they found that 14 percent of people think of pink tablets as tasting sweeter than red tablets whereas a yellow tablet is perceived as salty irrespective of its actual ingredients. 11% thought of white or blue tablets as tasting bitter and 10% said orange-colored tablets were sour.

Choose an appropriate combination and the placebo effect gives the pill a boost, improves outcomes and might even reduce side effects.


by higlu


Twice as many middle-aged people preferred red tablets as younger adults and more women chose red tablets as were chosen by men. Color seems to be integral component of an OTC product, the team says.

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Inspiration: Minimal, Almost Nonexistant Color

Inspiration: Minimal, Almost Nonexistant Color


Color: simplest of objects; most complex of subjects.

colors. i like the almost non existing ones. just tiny bits of color - grijs

grils is a blog of beautiful things with color that is hardly there, yet still leaves a lasting impression. A fine place for inspiration. Post your latest minimal color palettes in the comments.







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Eclectic Color Roundup: Books

Eclectic Color Roundup: Books


The Threadless Book

We have a lot of love for Threadless, the inspiring community based, crowd-sourced t-shirt company that has been printing the designs of their users, and building a forerunning company, for ten years now. In honor of their ten year anniversary they've published a book filled with some of their best designs, interviews with Threadless members and the history of the company written by founder Jake Nickell.  The Threadless book takes us through the colorful creations of an entire generation of design and t-shirt lovers, the most colorful of them all being the company itself.



The Exquisite Book

By Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe

The Exquisite Book is a project based on the Surrealist game called the Exquisite Corpse. The book is a modified version of the game, played by one hundred contributing contemporary fine artists, illustrators, designers and comic artists.



Irma Boom: Biography in Books

This miniature book contains a complete overview of Irma Boom’s oeuvre, with commentary and more than 450 full colour illustrations in 704 pages with printed edges. Boom is one of the most widely renowned book designers in the world today. The book was designed by Irma Boom for her retrospective exhibition at the The Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam Library.

Boom is known for making tiny models of all her books, which proved inspiration for this tiny book. With text by Mathieu Lommen and notes by Irma Boom.



Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon

Legendary designer and artist Vera Neumann (1907–1993) believed in art’s ability to inspire and enrich lives. An innovator and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time, Vera built her company on a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. Known for her iconic images of cheerful flowers, trendy geometrics, and vibrant ladybugs, she believed people should surround themselves with beauty.

For the first time, Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon, tells her inspiring story through the art and designs she created. In this volume, richly illustrated with Vera’s original sketches, paintings, and photographs of her worldwide travels, readers are introduced to the amazing woman behind the dynamic designs that continue to inspire and influence art, design, and fashion.


Images from Print & Pattern

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Color Barcode Generator & Gallery

Color Barcode Generator & Gallery


Pay homage to Color Master Gene Davis and join the color experimentation with the Color Barcode Multiblend Generator created by sero* (codename: cuttlefish).

I've been tinkering with the 99 palette generator for the last several months, and it's ready for a v2 release. It now supports widths, hue options, any number of palettes (1-99), and an offset parameter so we can narrow into any set of palettes we want. Think of it as a timeline, the offset is how many palettes back from present time you want to go.

Here is a gallery of some of the most beautiful pieces I've found so far. If you find a beautiful set, please post a link here. I know there are tons of beautiful multiblends and compositions out there waiting.  Cheers, sero*

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Color Masters: Gene Davis's Rhythmic Color

Color Masters: Gene Davis's Rhythmic Color


Check out the Color Barcode Multiblend Generator (see examples here), which creates Davis-like veticle stripe multiblends from up to 99 different palettes from the COLOURlovers library. The generator was created by COLOURlover sero*.

Gene Davis was a member of the group of abstract painters in Washington DC during the 1960s known as the Washington Color School. The Washington group artist were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters.

Though he worked in a variety of media and styles, including ink, oil, acrylic, video, and collage, Davis is best known by far for his acrylic paintings (mostly on canvas) of colorful vertical stripes, which he began to paint in 1958. The paintings typically repeat particular colors to create a sense of rhythm and repetition with variations. One of the best-known of his paintings, "Black Grey Beat" (1964), owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum reinforces these musical comparisons in its title. The pairs of alternating black and grey stripes are repeated across the canvas, and recognizable even as other colors are substituted for black and grey, and returned to even as the repetition of dark and light pairs is here and there broken by sharply contrasting colors.

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Does Music Inspire Color? Definitely, Yes!

Does Music Inspire Color? Definitely, Yes!


With color groups dedicated to individual artist(s), styles (genres) and the overall auditory experience that is music, it's easy to see that music does inspire color. Browse the community to see what music looks like in color, and share your palettes in one of the ongoing music discussions in the forum or in the comments below.


steam_from_the_cup Coffee_Cigarettes

Glittering_Cloud Pocketful_o_Sunshine

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Karl Addison's Bagels & the Hand-drawn Ad Trend

Karl Addison's Bagels & the Hand-drawn Ad Trend


Mmmm, now that's some tasty color Karl Addison has been drawing up for the Seattle Bagel Bakery.

Hand-drawn ads were much more the norm a few decades ago. It was probably the advancements in photography, creating a much quicker turnaround and offering more control for the ad wizards that pushed out the regularity of the style. Now while this category has made room for computer-drawn as well, latley there has been a resurgence with straight-up hand-drawn logos & advertisements rounding out many companies identities. This style can give an old fashion, home-made, classic, tactile feel and it adds in a sense of craft that is often not translated to the consumer through photography.


Garlic_Bagel

Poppy_Seed_Bagel
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Cecelia's 'Flowers'

Cecelia's 'Flowers'


"It was really an accident," Cecelia Webber admits in an interview with Modern Luxury, "I shot a nude figure against a black background and thought it looked so much like a petal I just went with it."  And thus started her journey as a professional artist in hopes of dispelling much of the world's view of nudity as either "something erotic or disgusting," as she puts it.

Her work consists of only the naked human body, often her own, photographed in the most peculiar of positions then painstakingly overlaid using Photoshop to form the familiar shapes of petals, stamen and stem. So familiar the shapes are and so acutely formed that at first glance it is hard to tell that you're looking at naked people. Lastly, but always first in our book, she saturates the forms with stunning color. Her work pays great homage to nature: the beauty of the human figure and the shapes and colors that connect all living things.




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