ROY G. BIV - An Interview with Author Jude Stewart - Part 2

ROY G. BIV - An Interview with Author Jude Stewart - Part 2

Here at COLOURlovers we are absolutely in love with everything related to color and color theory.  We recently posted the first part of our interview with the incredible and talented Jude Stewart, author of the new book ROY G. BIV. Her book delves into the exciting and wonderful world of color.

We had the chance to sit down with her an ask her some more questions about color and her new book.

What inspired you to write this book?

ROY G. BIV started as a magazine column for a now-defunct publication called STEP Inside Design. I pitched them the idea of an infographic-style column over two pages that would capture some of the quirkier anecdotes and facts I could amass about a given color. The premise for that column was pretty simple: since nobody is inventing new colors, graphic designers (like STEP’s readers) have to dig deep into the same colors to build brand-new color palettes for that next project. I wanted to give them fresh inspiration, reawaken their eyes, and jolt them into thinking differently about color, its meanings and associations.

That column ran for just over a year, but even as it ended I found I had lots of great material, and much more to say, around this topic of color. So I started noodling how to package the idea as a book. That posed new challenges: how do you write a satisfying (and finite) book about a potentially infinite topic like color? How do you trawl an ocean? I wanted to keep some of that non-linear, infographic-style freedom while still providing a book you could read cover-to-cover if you chose. I really love books that offer readers a compelling game, that press the boundaries of what we think books can be formally. After experimenting with a few formats, I hit upon this idea of organizing the chapters into single colors, but supplementing that clear, linear organization by sprinkling thematic cross-references throughout the text. So if you’re reading in the pink chapter about Mountbatten Pink, which the British briefly used to paint warships during WWII, you’re invited to hop to another anecdote about imperialism in color in the green chapter: an entry debating whether or not Napoleon was killed by his green, arsenic-soaked wallpaper.

How did you research this book?

I’d say the hardest part of researching the book was deciding when and how to stop. There’s simply tons of fascinating material out there about color, but you can’t own a zillion-page book. Ultimately I decided on a few rules-of-thumb that I explain in the book’s introduction. I didn’t see the point of listing every single meaning for the color red because really, what good is that? You’re going to forget most of that laundry list until there’s a gripping story attached to a particular meaning. So I focused on the best, juiciest stories connecting colors to various meanings – facts and anecdotes that caught my attention and sustained it, that felt like a revelation.

I also tried to tackle many big-picture color questions—Why is the sky blue? Why is pink for girls and blue for boys? Why do prisoners wear orange?— but I included only those explanations that involved a bang-up good story, one that would swim suddenly into focus the next time you encountered that color.

Who designed the cover?

I developed the book’s design concept with my dear friends Chrish Klose and Tine Gundelach, formerly of Studio Grau in Berlin. Chrish now runs a lovely bookbinding and paper-goods studio with her sister Jenny called Wednesday Paper Works. Because she was busy with this new venture, we turned the project over to a new designer, the amazing Oliver Munday. He took the project over the finish line while giving it a unique stamp of his own. I can’t imagine a stronger realization of this elusive idea than his.

What inspired you to select the specific quotes you feature in your book? Do you have a favorite?

I love so many of the color quotes, it’s tough to choose a favorite. I suppose I selected all of these because they make it clear how forceful people’s opinions can be about colors. Color is an incredibly strong topic that riles people up.

But it’s cheating if I don’t actually choose a favorite quote, right? Below are two of my favorites. I like how, as a pair, they express color’s dual nature: both a trick of perception, a cognitive phenomenon dependent on many factors, and as an emotional, visceral, swooning experience.

Color is an illusion, but not an unfounded illusion.

—C.L. Hardin, author of Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow

 Color is like a closing eyelid, a tiny fainting spell . . .

—Roland Barthes, French philosopher and cultural theorist

So, Jude now that we know a little bit about your book ...Tell us about the woman behind the masterpiece.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Philadelphia and have lived for long stretches in New York, Berlin, New Haven CT, and now Chicago.

When did you begin writing?

ROY G. BIV is my first full-length book on my own, but I do have other book projects. I translated Tales of the Danube, a book of fairy tales, from the German – that translation will be published later this year.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is probably John McPhee. He’s a long-time New Yorker writing with a marvelously fine style, just perfect really. He’s written a book called Oranges that represents possibly my ideal of what’s beautiful and true in a great book. It started with a mundane premise: back in the 1960s, he wrote a magazine article about how frozen orange-juice concentrate was so popular it was eclipsing fresh-squeezed juice. So he trundled down to Florida to figure out how and why that could be true. Out of this fairly humdrum concept he unearths this extraordinary story spooling all around oranges: their history as a fruit, the lore surrounding them, the industries intertwined with them, how culture and fruit and color intersect in this humble food. It’s incredibly good.

What are you working on now?

I’m having my first baby, a boy named Lev Henry, in early August. A monster project in a pint-sized package! I’m also working on a second book project, a popular cultural history of graphic patterns like polka dots, camouflage, fleur de lis, et cetera. (We are pleased to announce that Jude gave birth to a healthy baby boy after this interview! Congratulations Jude!)

More about Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for magazines including Slate, The Believer and Fast Company, among others. As a contributing editor for Print, she blogs twice monthly about color, patterns, and other design-related hilarities. Her book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available now. She lives in Chicago.


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3 Fresh Wedding Themes for 2014

3 Fresh Wedding Themes for 2014

When it comes to making your wedding feel of-the-moment, there's no need to reinvent the wheel. The most popular wedding themes right now are actually new twists on old favorites. Whether you love opulent weddings, rustic weddings, or classic weddings, you'll find loads of wedding inspiration in each of these stylish themes.

If you want a glamorous and over-the-top wedding...go for a Great Gatsby theme.

Photo by: Live View Studios on Glamour and Grace via || The Daylight on Bridal Musings via || Minted via || EFC Photography on Bridal Musings via

Photo by: Alante Photography on Style Unveiled via || Keith Cephus Photography on Munaluchi Bride via || BHLDN via || KT Merry Photography on Every Last Detail via || EFC Photography on Bridal Musings via || Thomas Laine via

If you want a laid-back rustic wedding...try a summer camp theme.

Photo by: Kristin Sweeting on Inspired By This via || Elisa McLaughlin Designs on Bow Ties & Bliss via || Mel Barlow and Co on Shelter Co. via || Kate Ann Photography on Bayside Bride via || K Holly Studio Photography on Snippet and Ink via || Minted via

Photo by: Kellie Kano on Inspired By This via || Paper Antler on Well Groomed via || Sergio Mottola on Wedding Chicks via || Sweet Little Photographs on Well Groomed via

If you want a classic and elegant...go for a garden party theme.

Photo by: Stephanie A Smith Photography on Every Last Detail via || BHLDN via || ShopRuche on Equally Wed via || Jake Holt Photography on Southern Weddings via

Photo by: The Collective Photographers on Grey Likes Weddings via || Stephanie Williams on Style Unveiled via || Erich McVey Photography on Wedding Chicks via || Tamiz Photography on Style Unveiled via || Bloomingdales via || BHLDN via

Want more wedding inspiration?

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Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design

Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design

SolveigEugenia Design has officially opened up shop on Creative Market, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This shop has so many colorful and creative illustrations, its perfect for COLOURlovers everywhere.

I've selected some of my favorites below, and I hope you enjoy them!

Colorful Polygon Background

Artistic Female Vector Illustration

Beautiful Girl Vector Illustration

Orange and Purple Polygon Pattern

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Creative Market Bundle on AppSumo

Creative Market Bundle on AppSumo

Today, Creative Market is proud to announce the launch of 'The Best of Creative Market bundle' with AppSumo. This bundle will be available for one week only!

The bundle includes over 70 of Creative Market's top selling products and is worth $1500....But, lucky you for this week only the bundle costs $39!

There is a sumo-load amount of goodies in this bundle including:

- 3233 Icons
- 8 Bootstrap Themes
- 250 iOS7 Icons
- 188 PhotoShop Actions
- Over 100 PSD Mockups
- 100 Photoshop Brushes
- 6 Texture Packs, 8 Vector Packs, 2 Photo Packs
- Tons and tons more

Pick up this bundle if you're just starting out in design or development, or if you're already an incredible designer. There are so many amazing resources anyone in the field can have fun with them!

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3 Fresh Color Palettes for Fall Weddings

3 Fresh Color Palettes for Fall Weddings

Fall is a wonderful time of year to have your wedding, both because of the great food options (spiked apple cider cocktails! donuts!) and the gorgeous colors that are associated with the season. But you don't have to stick to a traditional palette of red, orange, and brown for your fall fete; here are three new fall wedding palettes that are perfectly seasonal, yet completely unexpected.

Autumn Neutrals

Color by COLOURlovers

Fall's classic brown gets softer and far more romantic with this palette. We love the way this look incorporates the soft, muted colors that have been trending for the past few years and turns them into an ethereal palette that is reminiscent of the forest in late autumn.

Elizabeth Messina on Wedding Chicks via ||  J. Layne Photography LLC on Every Last Detail via || Halberg Photographers on Wedding Chicks via || Emily Blake on Inspired By This via

LSD Photography on Bridal Guide via || Elisabeth Millay on Snippet and Ink via || Concept Photography on Every Last Detail via || Braedon Photography via || Meg Van Kampen Studios on Wedding Chicks via || Danya Jimenez Photography on Bow Ties & Bliss via

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Vibrant Violet

Color by COLOURlovers

If you want to experiment with bold colors but aren't into orange and yellow, make a deep, rich shade of purple central to your color palette instead. Incorporate dusty green and creamy ivory, and replace fall's standard red and orange with magenta and peach for a vibrant look that would be absolutely beautiful on a sunny fall afternoon.

Allyson Magda Photography on Inspired by This via

Robin Nathan Photography on Every Last Detail via || Avant Images on Every Last Detail via || Aurora Meneghello on By Madeline Trait via || Akimbo on Akimbo via ||MnM Foto on Maharani Weddings via || Adam Alli Photography on Every Last Detail via

See more vibrant violet fall weddings on

Dusky Fall Wedding

Color by COLOURlovers

Most people don't think "dark" when they think weddings...but the fact that it's so unexpected is exactly why we love this palette. Inspired by a late-autumn thunderstorm, mossy greens and moody gray hues are hip and sophisticated for a fall wedding. (And thanks to Guns N' Roses, we'll always associate November rain with weddings.)

Ryan Joseph Photographs on Inspired By This via || Meg Van Kampen Studios on Wedding Chicks via || Rachael Lindsy Photography on Bridal Musings via || Nikole Ramsay on Bridal Musings via || Maloman Photographers on Maharani Weddings via || Brea McDonald Photography on Grey Likes Weddings via

Photo by: Armando Rafael on TINSEL & TWINE via

Minted via || Stone Crandall Photography on Bridal Musings via

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Which of these fall color palettes is your favorite?

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Insights into the World of Color - Interview with Jude Stewart, Author:  'Roy G. Biv' - Part 1

Insights into the World of Color - Interview with Jude Stewart, Author: 'Roy G. Biv' - Part 1

Color is absolutely fascinating, don't you think? Over the years I've seen thousands of studies conducted on the significance of certain colors, how colors make us feel, and that ways colors influence our decision making.

Color is something we are exposed to in all aspects of our daily lives, when we walk into a room, look at a flyer, take a shower, and pretty much a part of every other experience we have on a moment-to-moment basis. Jude Stewart, an incredible author and new mother, and I had a chance to talk about color and her new book ROY G. BIV, a book not only filled with fun color facts but interesting information you've probably never heard before in regard to the world of color. Today, we're bringing you part of our colorful interview with Jude to celebrate the release of her new book ROY G. BIV, and tomorrow we will bring you Part 2!

ROY G. BIV, is not only a reference guide to help people understand color better, but a powerful inspiration tool for anyone interested in design, color, and aesthetics. I had the chance to ask Jude a few questions about the book and herself as an author. Below you'll find part of our interview delving into the magical world of color.

Jude, What is Your Favorite Color?

"Ha! I love this question and have finally figured out a snappy answer. I’m mad for this color I like to call “highlighter yellow”, a highly acidic yellow-green. I like it so much I blogged about it for Print Magazine (nice pics in there, btw): Hard to say why it draws my eye so insistently – it seems clean, electric, and punches up every outfit I wear. It’s definitely among the odder shades that probably only color-aficionados love."

You mentioned different shades, what is a shade in color theory?

"I’m not an expert in color theory, but in writing my book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, naturally I had to get up-to-speed with the basics. As I understand it, Color has three chief characteristics: its hue (the color itself), saturation (a color’s purity, or how much black or white has been mixed in), and brightness (approximately what shade of gray a color generates in a black-and-white photocopy). Not sure how a true color-theorist would define the term “shade”, but “brightness” seems to cover it. Here’s hoping one of your readers can enlighten us all!"

I found this interesting image that hopefully help you better understand shades from a visual perspective:

Where do color meanings originally stem from and what accounts for different cultures attributing different meanings to certain colors?

This may seem obvious, but most of color’s meanings stem from the most common objects surrounding us in that color. The tricky part, of course, is in defining what’s a “common object” in a given cultural context, and how that influences color’s meanings within that culture.

I like this quote from the American painter Robert Motherwell: “The ‘pure’ red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise we would have no feeling toward red and its relations.” Red is perhaps THE most universal color-connotation in cultures across the globe. It’s very consistently associated with blood and the many emotions – valor, passion, pain – that blood suggests.

Of course, what’s really intriguing is when color meaning diverge across cultures – for instance, how the color black suggests fecundity and rich soils in many arid cultures, like the Uruk people in Iraq and many corners of northwestern Africa. That’s not a connotation most Westerners bring to black, but only because our culture – and weather patterns – don’t suggest this meaning as strongly.

Can you explain the significance of commonly used terminology of black or white and gray area?

"I delve into this a lot in ROY G. BIV. Again, I particularly like examples where other languages use color-metaphors that differ from the ones we use in English – it helps us “see” the color through a totally different lens. There’s a really curious color-shift that happens in German for many color metaphors, for example. They go “yellow with envy” (gelb vor Neid), “black with rage” (schwarz mit Ärger), get as “blue drunk as a violet” (blau wie ein Veilchen), and “beat someone up green and yellow” (jemanden grün und gelb schlagen). Germans and Americans aren’t so far apart culturally, yet they happen to notice totally different colors in their bruises and capture that difference in a common color-saying. Funny and very interesting, right?"

So, What color is the universe?

I thought you’d never ask! This is one of my favorite anecdotes from ROY G. BIV. Two astronomers from Johns Hopkins tackled this very question in a 2002 academic conference. Their paper was actually about a related subject: the age of the known universe. They had studied the colors of stars in over 200,000 galaxies; color is a dead giveaway for a particular star’s age, or point in its lifecycle. As a funny footnote they decided to calculate the average color of the universe based on the same data. Drumroll, please…they concluded it was turquoise.

Fast forward two months, however, and the plot thickened when a color scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology re-ran the numbers and concluded they’d made an error. The universe is actually, anti-climactically, beige. The reasons why are a bit technical to explain, but they boil down to this: the Johns Hopkins team had incorrectly set what’s known as the “white point”, the point at which light appears white to the human eye under different kinds of illumination. If you’ve ever bought a sweater or paint color under one kind of illumination in the store, then brought it home and hated the color under different illumination, you’ve been foiled by a shifting white point, too.


Check back tomorrow to learn more about the book itself, and read the rest of my colorful interview with Jude. ROY G BIV is available for purchase today!

More About Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for magazines including Slate, The Believer and Fast Company, among others. As a contributing editor for Print, she blogs twice monthly about color, patterns, and other design-related hilarities. Her book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available now. She lives in Chicago.

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9 Colorful Wedding Websites

9 Colorful Wedding Websites

These days part of your wedding planning absolutely needs to include the construction of a wedding website. A wedding website is the key element that helps your guests know important wedding updates, where to go for the reception, and it's even a place that can help you keep track of your RSVPs.

I scoured the web to find you inspirational examples of colorful wedding websites for your enjoyment that do a great job of telling guests about the bride and groom as well as providing them with all the important info they need for the big day. Check out the sites I found below:

CMYK Themed Wedding

Matthew and Lauren's website was color themed! Woo hoo! The CMYK theme was totally cool, and their wedding website matched the theme perfectly. Their website includes a guest book, information about the wedding, the registry, and more. It's a fun and colorful site designed entirely by the bride and groom.

Pink & Teal Colorful Tented Wedding

This cool couple decided to throw a fun and brightly colored circus inspired wedding featuring a big tent and ticket stubs as part of the theme. Their wedding website features incredibly bold colors and is actually easy to use!

Zachary & Tiffany's Wedding

This wedding website features bold and contrasting colors, with creative typography and illustrations weaved in throughout the site.

Jess and Russ's Black and Gold Wedding Website

I'm head over heels in love with the design of this wedding site. Not only does it have cool typography, and interesting illustrations, it tells the couple's story in a unique parallax design. It's an incredibly sleek, elegant, and gorgeous website.

Tangerine and Sky Blue Wedding Website

Karl and Gina's wedding website is not only romantic, it's incredibly cute and sweet. I love the color combination of tangerine and sky blue along with the sweet illustrated characters.

Hipster Chic Wedding Website

Ross and Jess decided to go incredibly hipster for the design of their wedding website. The design incorporates frames, and very chic color choices that are slightly muted but elegant.

Red and Mint Colorful Wedding Website

Jenny and Grayden decided to tell their love story with incredibly unique and cool graphics and an awesome color combination that isn't only trendy but works well together.

Nanda and Juan Diego

This wedding website is jam packed with fun and bright colors. It's perfect for an outdoor summer wedding that will make everyone smile.

Chad and Katie Covered in Purple

Purple is one of my favorite colors, and this lovely couple incorporates purple elements beautifully into the design of their website.

Totally in love with these gorgeous and colorful wedding websites? If you're getting married soon, check out these website you can customize to your needs:

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Make Your Bridesmaids Happy: 5 Colors That Flatter

Make Your Bridesmaids Happy: 5 Colors That Flatter

Choosing bridesmaids dresses that your friends actually like can be challenging, and the color plays a big part in whether or not they'll like the dress. But if you have a diverse group of friends, choosing a color that they all like and look good in can be pretty tough. Luckily there are a few hues that flatter pretty much everyone. While we can't promise they'll love these five colors (pink is one of those colors you either love or hate!), we can promise that they'll look pretty great in them.

1. Navy Blue. This classic color is as versatile as black but a bit more fun and modern. And it's definitely a color your crew can wear again and again.

Photos by: Brett Heidebrecht Photography on Southern Weddings via and Ozzy Garcia on Snippet and Ink via

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Strapless Chiffon Gown Nordstrom Exclusive

From Nordstrom via

Photo by: Nathan Westerfield on Southern Weddings via

2. Champagne. Pale hues with a hint of shimmer or sparkle are a huge trend in bridesmaids dresses right now; we especially love mismatched champagne dresses -- it lets your girls pick a shade that looks great on them and creates a glamorous and festive effect.

Photo by: Ashley Rose on Inspired By This via

Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on Snippet and Ink via and BHLDN via

From Rent the Runway via

3. Dark purple. This bold color is beautiful on bridesmaids for winter and fall weddings, though there's really never a bad time to wear it.

Photo by: Anne Robert Photography on The Brides Cafe via

Photos by: Focus Photography Inc on Every Last Detail via and Candice Benjamin on Wedding Chicks via

Photo by: Kay Meyer Photography on Every Last Detail via

4. Blush. Another big trend for 2013 for bridesmaids (and brides!), barely-there pink dresses create a romantic and ethereal vibe on your big day. And letting your girls choose their own dresses is a safe bet with blush; in fact, the more variety there is, the dreamier it looks.

Photo by: Adam Barnes on Grey Likes Weddings via

Photo by: Ubara Photo on Munaluchi Bridal via and Stephanie A Smith Photography on Every Last Detail via

Photo by: Marlon Capuyan Photography on Bride and Breakfast via

5. Fuchsia. Rich, vibrant pink is a surprisingly easy color to wear. It pops with different hair colors and skin tones, and adds such a fun and

Photo by: Dana Goodson Photography on Every Last Detail via and Kaysha Weiner Photographer on Every Last Detail via

Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Sheath Dress

From Nordstrom via

Photo by: Greg Blomberg Photography on Maharani Weddings via

Have you chosen bridesmaids dresses yet? What color are your gals wearing?

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Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology

Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology

Eclectic Anthology is an incredible collection of digital graphic design resources by Catherine Haugland. You'll find an incredible array of vintage styled designs that you can download and use to create incredible paper products, scrapbooks, and much more. Here are some of my favorite items from Eclectic Anthology:

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Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners

Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners


We recently announced the 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts artist contest to be ArrayofLilly for her stunning design Discography. Today, we are pleased to announce the 2nd through 4th place winners that the COLOURlovers community voted on by showing them some love.

In case you forgot, the 2nd through 4th place winners will receive two cases of their own design, the credit card backplate, and a royalty agreement.

The 2nd place winning design comes from yncolor, a COLOURlover since 2012 who you may know as Yori. Yori created an incredible design, and you guys loved it! Check out Peonies below:

The third place winning design in the Graft Concepts contest comes from moldypetunia, who you all may know as Petunia (or Sara), a COLOURlover since 2009. She created a gorgeous design that you guys all showed a lot of love! Check out entwined below:

Now, last but certainly not least the fourth place winning design comes from ninest, a recent addition to the COLOURlovers community. Check out her winning design Afternoon Tea below:

Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest as well! Keep checking back for new and exciting contests we will have in the future!

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