Inspiration from the launch pad of a space shuttle.
At launch, the Space Shuttle consists of a dark orange-colored external fuel tank, two white slender solid rocket boosters and orbiter. When the boosters ignite and the gray metal structure releases the shuttle, orange and white tear through the sky creating unexpected compliments against the serene blue and black.
Politics aside, the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL) has a collection of historically important and good lookin' posters in wide variety of illustrative styles. The collection which showcases work from the 1960's to the present is shared by Flickr user *linds and is also available to view at the OSPAAAL site.
Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a professor of Pyschology at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and the famed creator of the Rotating snakes illusion, has been updating his site since 2002 and it is full of intriguing color illusion. He is also responsible for inspiring the artwork on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion album.
There are two pairs, each of which consists of two squares of the same color. Which are the two pairs?
Answer of "Four tanks": the pair of the leftmost square and the neighboring one, and the pair of the rightmost square and the neighboring one
Squares of four colors
It appears that there were squares of four colors, though there are two colors (red and green) for squares.
Three out of the four topics in today's post came from the colorful blog that deserves some love, today and tomorrow.
The Best Color Illusion We've Seen
Via @colourlovers; the best color illusion... posted first at Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s incredible optical illusion website and found over at Discover Magazine's blog.
"You see embedded spirals, right, of green, pinkish-orange, and blue? Incredibly, the green and the blue spirals are the same color. At first I thought Richard was pulling our collective legs, being a trickster of high magnitude. So I loaded the image in Photoshop and examined the two spirals. In the two squares displayed below, the one on the left is colored using the same color from the blue spiral, and on the right using the green spiral."
"This is the desription of the Flickr set 3gen by |||||||||||||||||||: ▲ 3 üç üçgen triangle three trois 三 ג ๓ ٣ III ► ◄ ▼ drie Գ ३ γ´ Ⅲ trys trejetas sān колмо 叁 tri ∆.
Everything clear?" - today and tomorrow
With Awkward Family Photos being covered by the likes of Time, Esquire, O Magazine's twitter, Time Out and The Telegraph, it's safe to say that this hilarious blog which allows you to browse and submit photos of your more awkward family moments, is indeed reaching their goal of "spreading the awkwardness."
I find the photos with coordinated outfits to be especially hilarious and uncomfortable, and they make for some awkward color palettes as well.
Color Snap by Sherwin-Williams
Steve Hough at Zg Gallery
Hough’s work is an inquiry into the sense of mystery and awe that occupies the transitional space between specific conditions or states. He is interested in the flux between binaries such as image and object, form and flatness, the fleeting and the permanent, the personal and the universal. By creating figurative images solely through the use of surface-distortions and reflective color-shifting auto-paint, he explores the interplay between image, surface and viewer, and references the anonymous reproducibility of contemporary personal experience, its relationship to the boundary membrane of a screen, and the desire to perfect and objectify moments in time - to own them.
Though Holi is a month behind us now, here at COLOURlovers we never miss a chance to remind people and share the love of this Festival of Color that takes place each March to welcome in the spring throughout India and other locations with large Hindu populations.
There are a few stories out there behind the festivals origins (read about those in this nice writeup about the festival by Colette) and you can get a different tale depending on who you talk to and which region you happen to be in, but it is clear what Holi really celebrates is the bright colors that are synonymous with life, joy and positive energy within the Indian community.
An interesting article was published last week in the Wall Street Journal discussing the power and winning history of North Carolina's palette of light blue and white, and how because of it they had the best odds of winning the game last Monday. Well, it seems to have been true and now there is another win in the record books for the palette with the most NCAA basketball championships, light blue and white.
Since 1960, more national champions have counted light blue as their primary uniform color than any other.
While UCLA, whose colors are true blue and gold, has the most NCAA championships with 11, both Duke, 3 championships, and Kentucky, 7, have blue and white palettes as well.
A near majority of champions has also worn white as a secondary uniform color -- which makes theirs the winningest combination of colors by a substantial margin.
A less impressive 12% of NCAA champions since 1960 have worn dark blue, the primary color of both Connecticut and Villanova. And just 4% have won it in green. In Michigan State's defense, the team did manage to beat Louisville, whose bright shade of red has been worn by 27% of champions and is second only to light blue.