Apple’s iPod Colors Growing Up

Apple’s iPod Colors Growing Up


At the Apple Special Event this week, they announced several new products and updates... One update I found very interesting was change in colors for the new iPod Nano and Shuffle... Away have gone the bright pop colors and welcomed in are more mature, rich colors. Apple has been a dominating force in the digital music scene with iTunes & iPod...

Are they now making an effort to dominate the rest of the "older" market?

Music can be a very youthful industry. In most Mass-Market Genres: Pop, Rap, R&B, Etc. the most popular artists usually have a expiration date around 30 years old. Apple has done a great job tapping the young and creative crowd to create a very loyal and early adopting fan base. The buying power of these young early adopters has fueled amazing growth of the digital music industry and with an already great market share, it looks like Apple is using some more mass-appealing colors to reach out to the rest of the market.

Old iPod Nano Colors

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Color vs. Colour - The Great Spelling Battle

Color vs. Colour - The Great Spelling Battle


It's been asked innumerable times: What's the deal with using "colour" in some places of this site and "color" in others? To us, it is the same idea and the same love we're sharing... just with different ways of spelling it. But for those who want more of an explanation, here is some history of the word and why we use both spellings.

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The History of Word

The origin of the word 'colour' is in Middle English (developed into Modern English in 16th Century), which actually borrows from Anglo-Norman French in this case. 'Colour' has many definitions and uses (About nine, and then a tonne of little bullets). Somewhere between colonisation, revolution, and the Industrial Revolution, the English language had no central regulation. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755) is the source of most of the current British spellings, but American English became somewhat simplified in spelling during the times between this book's publication and Noah Webster and his An American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828. Webster was a large part in changing the spelling of the language because of his philosophies and strong nationalism. What would've been seen then as the "correct" spellings have been listed as variants, and still are today.

So, the unstressed -our (favour, flavour, colour, savour) became -or (favor, flavor, color, savor), the few -re endings in British spelling (centre, metre, litre, manoeuvre) became -er (center, meter, liter, maneuver), and -ce (defence, offence, pretence) became -se (defense, offense, pretense). Because of wide usage in both countries and acceptance onto the pedastal of dictionaries, both spellings are accepted today, though it seems that "when in Rome" follows. And Canada got caught in the middle of it all, using mostly British spellings with some American leaking in.

American & British Flags

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Landmark Colors:  Peru (Inspiration & Support)

Landmark Colors: Peru (Inspiration & Support)


Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The estimated population in July 2007 was 28,674,757. Although the culture is primarily Amerindian and Spanish, traditionally, it has been influenced in its cooking, clothing, music, dance, and art by a number of African, Asian, and European ethnic groups. Because of this blending, Peru is a country so vibrant in colour.

Please see the bottom of this post for how you can help in the Earthquake Relief Efforts in Pisco, Peru.

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masked man at cuzco peruvian festival

masked man   Spanish conquest introduced the guitar and the harp, was responsible for the development the charango. African contributions to Peruvian music include its rhythms and the cajón. Peruvian folk dances include the marinera, tondero and huayno. Festivals, dances, and performances are marked by almost-flamboyant splashes of colour.
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Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience

Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience


Philips Ambilight Series of TVs extend the colors of video outside of the screen to create an ambiance that heightens the viewing experience... and they are now releasing their latest creation, Aurea. The new 42" Aurea doesn't just extended the colors onto the wall behind the TV anymore, it extends the color out of the back, front and sides.

Four trillion colours processing
Vibrant and natural images from most advanced colour processing. The three colour channels (RGB) are optimised using 14 bit resolution, a total processing power of four trillion colours. It produces vibrant colours while retaining excellent sharpness. The advanced algorithms detect subtle colour shades and skin tones, and processes these to give most natural colours.


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The Müller Formula (or: Predictable Color Preferences)

The Müller Formula (or: Predictable Color Preferences)


More than half a century ago, Aemelius Müller, professor at the academy of Winterthur, Switzerland, came up with a formula that could predict the appreciation of a color-combination. In other words: Müller was able to predict which combination of colors most people would probably like.
 

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Müller's formula predicts that these color combinations will be considered as ugly by most people.

 
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While these will be liked. How is this possible?

 
 

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First we need to consider the 'natural' brightness of the colors of the color circle, as discussed in this post about Brightness vs. Whiteness. You will notice that yellow, for instance, is a lot brighter than blue.

 
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On a scale from 1 to 100, bright yellow has a brightness value of 90, while bright blue has a value as low as 35. Likewise, every hue in the color circle has its own 'natural' brightness.

 

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COLOURlovers Joins The Deck

COLOURlovers Joins The Deck


We are very excited to announce our new advertising partner, The Deck. We are happy to be joining a network that supports the creative community and will help us as we continue growing and sharing as much color love as we can.

The Deck: The premier advertising network for reaching creative, web and design professionals, The Deck serves up millions of page views each month and is uniquely configured to connect the right marketers to a targeted, influential audience.

These sites are The Deck:
A List ApartDaring Fireball37signalsWaxy.orgYayHooray!The Morning NewsDesign ObserverKottke.orgIconBuffetHelvetica: The FilmComputerloveVitaminFortuitousZeldmanSubtractionswissmissAirbag,  & Coudal.

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Being a part of The Deck means only 1 ad per page and only ads from quality companies with products that have been vouched for. Check out our new partner sites and our new advertising partners at: http://www.coudal.com/deck/

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Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors

Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors


In the corporate world, climbing ladders and shaking hands run simultaneous. Between lunches, dinners, and meetings, something had to surface among the numbing UV lights of the office to keep everything in line. The Post-it Note, a small square with re-adhearable adhesive on the back, was one such answer. The three-inch bright yellow square was employed as a reminder, a note, or for organization... But some don't see it as only a productivity tool... they see it as a medium for colorful art.

Even on 3M's corporate site the Post-it Notes are sold with the slogan "So express yourself in color." Some creative people took that idea to heart and below are several examples of how people have used the sticky notes to create works of art.

colorful post-it art
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"TO DO" is a project by the New York based public art collaborative, Illegal Art. Feel free to write your own "to do" list on a Post-it®. Please do not remove any Post-its®. We will be documenting the project as the week continues and installing new Post-its® as the space fills.

colorful post-it art
img  by Nicolas Rudelle

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Colors of Religion:  Hinduism

Colors of Religion: Hinduism


Hinduism is an extremely diverse religion. Although some tenets of the faith are accepted by most Hindus, scholars have found it difficult to identify any doctrines with universal acceptance among all denominations. Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsāra (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various yogas (paths or practices). It even ranges in the perceived concept of God, from monotheism to polytheism, to even panentheism, pantheism, monism and even atheism. One common theme, however, is colour. Between ceremonies and chakras, the spectrum holds nothing back.

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During a Hindu wedding, there's plenty of red about. Red is seen as a symbol of happiness, and found on the bride's dress, the groom's robe and scarf, and in the sindoor, the holy red powder, that the groom places on the forehead of his bride, welcoming her into his life as his partner. During the ceremony, the groom gives a mangalsutra, a black beaded necklace, to the bride as a symbol of love, integrity and devotion towards her. The bride's hands are decorated with a red-brown henna, which has predated written text in its use, symbolising joy and happiness. Favourite pets and horses, brides, sometimes grooms, and children have all been decorated with henna's decorative art, Mehndi, comes out usually following holidays or special events. In the region where the henna plant grows, it follows that wherever there's joy, there's henna.

Followers of Hinduism often practice yoga. Meditation and tranquility are prevailing themes, and aligning the chakras, of which each is represented by a colour.

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Violet - Crown

purple flowering tree   Related organ: Brain
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally. Personal identification with the infinite, oneness with God, peace, wisdom.
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Forbidden Color Combinations?

Forbidden Color Combinations?


Color theorists and designers in fashion or computer graphics have coined phrases based around what colors shouldn't go together. A recent forum post, Red and Green Should Not Be Seen? discusses two of the sayings ("Red and Green Should Not Be Seen" and "Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between"), and some lovers have even responded in protest, showing how there is no 'wrong' in love. Here are some palettes and applications of the forbidden colors that really work.

Red and Green Seen

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Dipsticks - Colorful Creations by Nick van Woert

Dipsticks - Colorful Creations by Nick van Woert


There was a time when Nick aka thesupermarket once ruled the spot of #1 COLOURlover. He has since moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design and has continued his creative genius in the physical world. His latest creations are awkwardly wonderful...

Dipsticks

each piece is made of 1 can of paint and a plastic figurine like a super-hero only none of them are super-heros. the sculptures are made by putting the two parts together. i dip the figurine into the can of paint until all of the paint has accumulated onto the figure. the empty can then acts as the pedestal for the finished work. the materials and the process are simple and fixed. the result of the process on the materials is unpredictable and out of my control. it's like an icicle forming on an overhang. simple, pointless, fragile beauty.

Nick van Woert

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