A Colorful Illustrated Map of London's Great Little Places

A Colorful Illustrated Map of London's Great Little Places


"I know this great little place..." is something you've probably said or heard dozens of times. Well the folks behind Great Little Place decided to gather up people's recommendations for the amazing city of London and do something creative.

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This wonderful illustrated map of London's great little places was painstakingly hand drawn by Charlie Davis, an illustrator and designer based London. There's no doubt that a lot of hours and a lot of love went into every beautiful detail, just take a look for yourself.

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The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies

The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies


Ah the holidays. A time for friends, family, and traditions. In my family, we watch westerns on Christmas. Don't ask me why. I know friends that look forward to their annual A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. And then there are others that prefer to have John McClane over for a little mayhem around the holidays.

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Whatever your preference, it's that wonderful time of year when you get to revisit your favorite movies with the people that you love. Join us as we take a look at some of the popular holiday films and their colors.

Elf (2003)

A delightful little film, Elf hearkens back to the old Christmas special claymations in just about every way, right down to the retro color scheme.

Elf

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12 Quirky & Wonderful Christmas Illustrations

12 Quirky & Wonderful Christmas Illustrations


If you're like me, then you have a perpetual smile on your face this time of year. This is due on no small part to the delightful holiday artwork you encounter just about everywhere you look. From Christmas cats to hipster reindeer, we collected twelve quirky and wonderful illustrations that help make that smile a big one.

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MARCHÉ de NOËL by madalina andronic/p>

Vintage Hipster Christmas Animals by Marish

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Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket

Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket


We sure do love it when people do cool things using the COLOURlovers API. The latest awesome creation to hit your iDevice is an app called Seamless.

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This delightful new app uses the Creative Commons wallpapers from the COLOURlovers community, giving you access to over 3 million wallpapers, right in your pocket. They've been adapted specifically for your device and presented beautifully within a delicate and detailed design. Just take a look at the lovely UI:

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Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs

Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs


I know what you're probably wondering...turn of what century? Well these particular designs come from a magazine published in 1901 and 1902 called Shin-bijutsukai.

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This magazine was a monthly publication featuring "various designs by the famous artists of to-day," and as you can see, the pages are filled with wonderful colors and trippy patterns. I don't know about you, but after looking at all of the nature elements in these designs, I feel like going for a jaunt in the park.

  

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Mapping the Colour Narratives of Movies

Mapping the Colour Narratives of Movies


Previously on this blog we've seen a pretty cool visualization of the history of colour in movie posters. Today we bring you another awesome visualization, but this time from a different angle.

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Spotmaps is an on-going project to map the colour narratives of various films. Based on Brendan Dawes' Cinema Redux, each frame's colour is sampled and a spot of average colour is produced from the combination of one second's frames. The visualizations span from films dating back to 1923 through present day and they already have quite the collection to explore.

Here were some of our colourful favorites from the database.

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Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham

Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham


Howdy COLOURlovers! Do you remember that GelaSkins Design Contest we had back in December? Well we've got some exciting news. The winner of that contest, Adriana Markham (you know her as dazzlement), has officially been added as the newest GelaSkins artist and we'd like you to join us in wishing her a big congratulations!

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Adriana joined COLOURlovers back in 2011 and fell in love with making pattern templates. You really get a sense of her skill and her passion in her winning entry from contest, Colour Love. We really love it when talented community members get recognition for their work and what's even cooler is you can now buy Adriana's great patterns and sport them on your very own iPhone, Kindle, iPad, or whatever your device of choice may be.

In addition to the contest winner, you can also choose from two of her other designs. Just check out the kaleidoscopic goodness from her GelaSkins portfolio.

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Design Blogs to Follow in 2013 [Infographic]

Design Blogs to Follow in 2013 [Infographic]


With the vast number of design blogs out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to follow. You may think you can subscribe to them all, but soon you'll crumble under the pressure of that 1000+ staring you in the face.

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Well the folks at Coupon Audit have made things a little easier by putting together a handy infographic listing the top 100 design blogs to follow in 2013. It's pretty awesome to see COLOURlovers on the list with so many other fantastic blogs. Check out the graphic and hopefully you'll discover some great new design resources.

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Amazing Fractal Patterns Found in Nature

Amazing Fractal Patterns Found in Nature


Put simply, a fractal is a never-ending pattern. Put not-so-simply, a fractal pattern is a "geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry." From rivers to trees to mountains, nature is full of fractals, making these amazing patterns both complex and familiar at the same time.

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With tools like Google Earth at our fingertips, people like Paul Bourke, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, have put cool websites together like this one, featuring some of the most stunning aerial shots of Earth's landscapes that you'll find on the internet. With the help of other geographical enthusiasts, Bourke has a pretty extensive collection of fractals from all over the world. We selected some of our colorful favorites to share with you guys.

Algeria

Algeria

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Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide

Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide


What happens when a love of beer and a love of color come together in one awesome project? The answer is Beertone.

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Created by a two man team in Switzerland, Beertone wants to combine beautiful design and beer into a fun and useful resource for anyone that loves either. Right now you can pre-order their beer color chart in one of three different packages, two of which include sweet Beertone branded mugs.

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