Turin has been named 'design world capital for 2008,' and one of the many exhibitions running this year is 'flexibility - design in a fast changing society.' The idea behind the show is this: since it is predicted that 90% of the worlds population will be living in cities by the year 2050, the already complex life of cities will rise to an even more complex state, and we will need designs to meet our increasingly complex needs. One designer at the exhibit in particular has grabbed the blog world's attention, thanks to coverage by designboom, with the creation of his unique "renewable fashion."
Photo by muscolinos
Fernando Brízio's 'renewable fashion' is a customizable, and reusable, dress where the color pattern is created by placing felt tip markers in pockets placed all over the dress. After placing your collection of markers in your dress, just sit back, have a drink or two, and watch as your dress becomes a unique expression of yourself and your maker collection. When you get tired of you color scheme or your markers start to dry up, just throw it in a wash and your back to a new palette.
Any true red blooded American patriot would never even consider looking at any other colors than red, white and blue on July Fourth, but let us consider some of the other colors associated with this day of celebration of the United State's independence and freedom.
As any school kid will tell you, the Fourth of July it is a celebration of the day our nation adopted the Declaration of Independence from those mean, imposing Brits of the 18th century. Finally free, to start discriminating on our own terms, the U.S. started a long tradition of an annual summer time celebration.
We've covered the necessary Fourth of July tools of celebration before, fireworks: The Magical Colors of Fireworks and Bursting Into Color, but there are other things so Americana, like hot dogs, pool toys, Popsicles, picnics, baseball games, lawn chairs and beach parties, that offer color palettes of nostalgia.
So, on this day, let us unite as lovers not only of red, white and blue, but of all colors, and declare our independence from Pantone, from 3 color choices when we want 30, from impossible to read black and white info graphics, and holiday color associations that make it impossible to use green and red together.
So, eat a hot dog, drink a beer, hit a home run and run the bases while singing "God Bless America," and celebrate the few days off of work you get. Oh, and remember to distance yourself once the wick is lit. Happy Fourth of July!
Fireworks and Fourth of July Palettes
Photo by Rafael Lopes - Dillbert
When iron meets oxygen and water a colorful process takes place that leaves the vibrant red-orange color we know as rust. Rust is the corrosion of iron caused by a chemical reaction that take place when iron is exposed to oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The chemical reaction creates red oxides, the familiar red-orange.
Iron oxides were used in the paints of the earliest prehistoric art. It is also used in ceramics, and synthetic versions of the pigments are widely used in cosmetics.
Rust can be a humbling reminder of the passing of time and the fragility of humans and their creations, like seeing rust appear on the edges of your first bike or car, or returning to a building or home to find it has taken on a new personality, one faded from the passing years, but it also can be inspiring with its rich color that changes and compliments the colors that surround it.
Let's have a look at some rusty palettes, colors and patterns pulled from incredible photos and the COLOURlovers library.
Photo by scottwills
Each of the four artists featured today use paper in the most colorful ways. The meticulous nature and repetition necessary to work with paper, and create such detailed pieces, is a tribute to all the all the artists character and focus. From dissecting books and completely transforming them into something unexpected and new, to exploding (figuratively) the individual colors of a stack of construction paper, each artist gives us a new perspective on paper and color.
Ferry Starvermen has created a colorful garden of sculptures crafted from recycled cardboard and string. Each sculpture is made with variations of the same color giving the piece a magnificent presence and depth, even more so with multiple sculptures displayed together.
Sailboats have been a source of inspiration since the first ones set sail to the ends of the earth. While the days of exploration and shipping by sailing vessel are largely over; although, with our current global warming crisis container ships are looking to the wind to help ease the environmental burden of our shipping needs, sailing is still much loved across the world.
Here is a look at some colorful sail palettes, and an overview of some of the different types of sails from Wikipedia.
|Like a sloop with two jibs (a staysail and a yankee) in the foretriangle. Better than a sloop for light winds, it's also easier to manage. It has slightly less up-wind ability than a sloop because it has more windage.|
As any cool kid will tell you, the most important palette you can wear is on your sneakers. Luckily, most of the shoe industry is right on track with the newly developing long-tail, Limited Edition, Artist Series, Custom Designed and DIY markets, which includes any color lover who has the perfect palette to show off on the streets.
Most of the major brands have jumped on the DIY sneaker design track, but not all the sites are the same. While I didn't go through every shoe site, here are a few that even if you are not about to buy a new pair of shoes, will at least keep you busy and distracted as you go through all the colorway options available.
- Shoes: 12 styles
- Materials: Canvas, Suede, Leather
- Colors: 30 colors and patterns
- Delivery Time: 2 to 4 weeks
The feel of a city is greatly impacted by its architecture and layout, and most neighborhoods in any given city will tend to be similar, including the color palettes. However, sometimes you can get caught off-guard if you come across an unusually shaped or colored building, and it can completely change the visual dynamic of the city. Here are a few surprising color palettes found in cities across the world that would definitely grab anyone's attention.
Photo by Thomas Hawk
This set of condos in Emeryville, California is already laid out as a perfect color palette.
Photo by Georgios Karamanis
Adding some fun colors to the city in Uppsala, Sweden.
There is no better time to show off color than during the summer, and many designers are doing just that. Taking the cue of the summer season, designers are creating some very inspiring color palettes for us to enjoy. Here are a few of the more dramatic and bold color palettes that, if worn, will expose any true color lover.
Insight's personality encompasses a lifestyle that surrounds everything surf, skate, art, music, fashion and popular culture. They just want to design clothing that they themselves would want to wear. It isn't high science, however they do have good ideas and good ideas can be priceless and that is one (of the many) secrets behind the labels success.
Classic, fun, feminine, and sexy are what Shoshanna is all about in creating her signature swimwear and apparel. So no matter what season it may be, dive into something new.
Beginning in Paris in the 1920's, and quickly spreading influence across the globe, the surrealist movement was filled with unexpected thought and beauty. One of the best aspects of the movement was the ability of the work to catch the viewer off guard, warping common perception, and the use of some very unexpected color palettes.
Many of you here in the community are quite familiar with the color tools available on COLOURlovers (if you're new to the site a good place to start is the FAQ), but what about other helpful color tools that might exist somewhere on the internet. Well, here are two such tools: 'Name That Color' and 'Color Name & Hue', that I came across recently; one for color vocabulary and identification, the other, a helpful tool for those who are colorblind.
'Name That Color'
'Name That Color' is a helpful little site created by a dude with other dudes in mind, but it most certainly will also help those of the female variety.
For those of us who can't exactly remember, or who never knew, what color Danube is, and others who just want to expand their color vocabulary, so instead of red you can use Monza, even though it is totally just Red, might want to check it out.
Simply create a color manually or enter the Hex code to reveal what you mistakenly took for Mojo, when it was, in fact, Mule Fawn.
The database was created from names found on Wikipedia, Crayola, and the Resene Color-Name Dictionary. It's probably good that he didn't try to use the COLOURlovers library of color names. Besides what an interminable task it would be, he would probably have more than a few colors with the same name, but that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, or, all the colors would be named 'love.' And while I personally prefer to make up color names on-the-fly, like the Suddlepup shirt I'm currently wearing, it might be nice to be able to narrow it down to around Burnt Sienna if, god forbid, you had to discus color with your designer or decorator over the phone.