We've been wanting to work with MOO.com for a long time and we're now fully plugged into their new product platform. MOO makes wonderful personal calling cards, notecards and even stickers that are high quality and dead sexy... and now you can get your MOO cards with COLOURlovers palettes on them.
We chose the top 10 palettes from the last year to provide to Moo for their new ReadyMade store. We hope to continue to add more options to MOO and hopefully someday even make every palette on the COLOURlovers available.
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Choose the MOO product you like, before you personalize it! The images below show some of the designs available in each pack. There are 16 different designs in each NoteCard pack, and up to 50 different designs per 100 pack of MiniCards.
Glass-blowing is an art form that I would consider to be the most complex in the sculpting world. Between the need for extreme temperatures and careful technique, it seems beyond me how such wonderful things can be created by glass-working artists, especially because it almost entirely has to be done while the glass is molten hot.
But what can come out of that heat is incredibly beautiful. From paperweights to landscape art, glass is a world of all shapes -- and colours. Considered the greatest living master of glass-working, Dale Chihuly's glass creations show us just that. From warm yellow and bold reds to oceanic teals and deep sky blues, the spectrum of his work is boundless. Looking at Chihuly's collection of Basket creations and Seaforms is enough to show us his extensive colour palette, while his work plays at the pre-conceived notions we have of what glass is.
The Big Island, also known as the Island of Hawaii is an amazingly beautiful place and I was lucky enough to call it home for the first 17 years of my life. The Big Island is made up of just about every different type of landscape you can imagine... Volcanoes and Deserts... Rainforests and Grasslands... Beaches and Valleys... even Mountains and Snow...
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The Big Island was home to King Kamehameha the Great, who by the early 1800s had united most of the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. He named his Kingdom Hawaii after his native island... leading to the confusion we have today with the Island of Hawaii in the state of Hawaii. It wasn't until 1959 that Hawaii became the 50th State of the U.S.
Color Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island has surf breaks on just about every side of the Island. The warm tropical waters and hot afternoon sun make any day surfing a great day surfing.
A crew of eight crosses the line between Hello Kitty's cuteness and the sojourns of Star Trek. Together, they travel the ocean searching for fun and adventure. These talented eight -- including a valiant polar bear, daredevil kitten, and big-hearted penguin -- eagerly meeting the excitement they find outside of their undersea base, the Octopod.
They are the Octonauts, and they live in a vibrantly coloured and illustrated world created by the illustration and design team MEOMI, bringing vivid colours to imaginative stories.
MEOMI is ...
... Vicki Wong (Vancouver) and Michael Murphy (LA). They have been featured illustration and design books, while their characters have found homes all over the world on clothing, merchandise, toys, and magazines. Meomi has been a creative force for Fisher-Price/Mattel, Electronic Arts, Google, Time Out Magazine, Bang-on Clothing, and CBC4Kids.
August is a late summer month, generally characterized by the lowering of July's heat and the welcoming of the encroaching autumn that September will bring. There are a few stones recognized as August's birthstone, but the most widely accpeted stone captures the gradual retreat of the yellow summer sun and the last month of green leaves.
The modernly accepted birthstone for August is Peridot, a yellow to yellow-green stone. Pronounced as "pair-uh-dot" or "pair-uh-doe," the name of the gemstone is thought to have come from either the Arabic word faridat (gem) or the French word peritot (unclear). While peridot is considered a common stone, by no means should it be suggested that it is not worthy of appreciation. Peridot is often born in lavas, or in the 'mantle' that lava carries at its surface.
We've all had them before ... The Flu, The Common Cold, a Stomach Ache, Sore Throat, Ear Ache ... but Mange? Salmonella? Who wants that? I do. In fact, I've had the Common Cold for three years. Thanks to GIANTmicrobes, you can catch these little buggers and be glad of it, too.
Even If You Don't Have Insurance ...
GIANTmicrobes is a company that has created a number of stuffed representations of actual microbes at a million times their actual size. The stuffed microbes range in colour (anywhere that's soft on the spectrum) and appearance, from simple balls to oblong and fringe-covered, but they all have that puppy-dog-eyed charm. They make for a fun gift to anyone with a sense of humor and can even be used as tools for parents or educators. Imagine -- little Timmy comes home from school, "What did you do at school today?" "We played 'Catch the Common Cold!'"
"IdeaFixa is an international digital magazine for photography, design, illustration and visual arts. Its objective is inspiration, vision and promotion of the participant artists. It is released bimonthly and every edition has a designated subject."
…Lucky for us, Issue 7 is dedicated to color and artists who have fully embraced the love of color in their work. We chose just a few from the issue to showcase here. You'll have to read the issue to see the rest.
After posting Painting with Light, I had the pleasure of speaking with the LICHTFAKTOR crew, the artists responsible for the photos posted. The 3-man creative force behind LICHTFAKTOR is VJ sehvermoegen, graffiti artist jiar, and VJ 10X.
Read all the way down to see their new video work.
COLOURlovers: What drew you to become light graffiti artists?
LICHTFAKTOR: As VJs, we were used to film and because we are all into graffiti it was only a small step. This is the reason why our light-paintings are always moving.
Wine aficionados devote their time to studying the colors, the smells, and the years of wine to distinguish quality from ... not. With all of the books out there, all of the tips from experts, enjoying a glass becomes heinously complicated. Thankfully, color makes it all a little easier to understand.
While judging a wine for taste, 'smelling bouquets' and spitting wine out can seem a little bit backwards (because, after all, isn't wine for drinking?), it's really about appreciating different aromas and tastes without being totally smashed. color can tell us a great deal about a wine before we raise our glasses. Tilt them instead. Pouring a small amount of wine and tilting the glass at (approx.) 45º will spread the wine enough for us to observe a span of its color... and to determine the quality of a wine in the white, blush, or red families... where trees have rings, wines have color.
I saw Gary Vaynerchuk on Late Night with Conan O'Brien last week so I think it is really fun to see him bust up our color guide in his latest episode on Wine Library's "Does The Color of a Wine Have a Huge Impact on Quality or Age?"
In this episode he does a great job of showing some examples of how, while color can be fun to look at and enjoy as part of wine... it is NOT an indicator of quality or age in wine. Thanks for taking the time to explain what we got wrong in our theory and for showing some examples.
The Colors of White Wines
Italian art director Daniele Lago has created some wonderful designs for the current Lago collection. One product I find particularly great is the N.O.W. Customizable Wardrobe, with the ability to create any number of color palette designs... it makes the COLOURlover inside me giddy.
It is characterized by an innovative approach to color and a system that is so flexible and versatile that it matches the exact measurements of any desire. It is not a simple modular system, but a product that achieves a perfect fit between the visualized dream and the realized solution.