Coup.0 Launch Party

Coup.0 Launch Party


One week ago tonight we were able to do what I've wanted to do for a long time now… We threw a big party and made a ton of love with color!

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It was a fantastic evening of palette making, colorful conversations and checking out the new website for COLOURlovers.com. With 6 sexy new iMac computers provided by MacForce we were able to have guests browsing the new site and getting some back-seat web surfing help from the people who built it.

We built 5 hanging spaces on one wall of Rake Art Gallery and had our guests making palettes from the 40+ 12" x 48" color canvas strips. Just like on the site, it was fun seeing what other people would come up with. Our good friends over at Clutch Camera were there to capture the palettes and their lovers for us to share.

It was interesting to see how creative people got as the night went on... The tasty beverages from Lange Winery and Widmer Brewing probably helped some shy lovers get up there and create their palettes. I think our party was scheduled from 7-9:30pm but we wrapped up closer to 11:30pm.

We also chose 5 palettes from the site to recreate at 36" x 60" pieces of art. It was inspiring to see the translation of the palette on the site to the physical world. We've now got some good ideas to remodel our bedroom (and a lot of left over paint!)

The large amount of canvas came from Utrecht and Art Media & the paint came from our neighbors at Miller Paint.

I want to thank all the COLOURlovers who showed up and helped make our launch of Coup.0 a huge success, especially those who traveled quite a distance to join us.

Also a big thanks goes out to:
Alexis Jonnson for food & wine pairing, catering.

My family for showing up and sharing in the COLOURlove.

And last, but most importantly... Sara Murphy for painting all the canvasses for the event, supporting me in putting on a very successful launch party and for being a wonderful part of my life.

Darius A Monsef IV
Editor & Creator

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COLOURlovers Coup.0


What's new?

I'm only half joking by using the Beta Logo Maker, because while the site is launching... there will continue to be new improvements, updates and features added regularly. So in order to prevent any discouraged people from thinking this is it and all our time and energy has been exhausted... COLOURlovers Coup.0 is in "beta."

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Most people will also notice a lot of "Web 2.0" like features on the site. With the new version of the site we're trying to make the CL site not just more fun to use, but also more informative, useful and inspiring.

It is quite a big change from the previous version so I created a little tour to help any returning lovers get acclimated, or a if you're new to loving colors with us... take the tour and get it on!

A little lift here... A little tuck there...

We gave the site a whole new design that opened up the content area allowing us a little more room to show the color love. When I first designed CL 2 years ago... I really had no idea it would grow to what it has become. For posterity's sake here is a screenshot of the actual first version of the COLOURlovers.com layout. (Also note the file is saved on my computer as Untitled1.psd.)

With a wider layout we have more room to move things around in an attempt to make the site more user friendly, and we have more room to add new sections and features.

Web 2.0h No!

CL only scored a 3.5 out of 6 on the Web 2.0 Cliches list by Stuart Brown, so you could say we didn't get to trend obsessed. What we tried to do was take some of the good from the "2.0 Trend" and blend it with what COLOURlovers has always been about... Making Love with Colour.

Lover Profiles

More personal... if you want.

Blogs. LiveJournal, WordPress, TextPad... If you write it someplace else, you can show it here on CL. Add your blog feeds to your profiles and share your thoughts.

Pics. Flickr and More of it & Bigger. Now you have a profile page dedicated to your Flickr pics.

Replaced with About Non-Profit...

The Technology Behind the New Site

COLOURlovers is running custom PHP applications with a mySQL back-end. The new site is W3C CSS Validated, using Ajax & JS modules to make finding, loving and sharing easier. The site is running on a (dv) Dedicated Virtual Server from MediaTemple. The forum is powered by vBulletin and stats are being tracked with Mint.

Several very talented people were a part of taking my vision for CL Coup.0 and making it happen. A large thank you is deserved by all the people who have been loving colors for the last two years and who have taken the time to provide feedback on the site. A big love goes out to:
Jay McLellan - User Interface Design
Chris Williams - Programming.

Information LOVERLOAD

New Interviews & Articles
There are two new articles from very talented individuals up on the site and we're planning on adding new ones regularly.

Trends
We're just getting started! Right now you can et a taste of the many great color trending tools to come, but visiting the Color Cover Models section to see what magazines are using what colors on their covers.

Cover Models
The Color Cover Models is the first of many great color trending tools to come in the near future. It isn't an exact science, but it is meant to give you an idea of color usage in the real world.

With the Good... Comes the Bugs...

The love notes (private messaging system is not running right now. We're going to be replacing the old system and integrating the love notes with the private messaging system in vBulletin. *The forum isn't up yet either.)

If you notice any bugs, or have any comments you'd like to share... Please drop me a note.

Cheers,
-CL

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COLOR THEORY BASICS :: Color Wheel

COLOR THEORY BASICS :: Color Wheel


The colour wheel is a visual representation of colour theory. Colors are arranged according to their chromatic relationship. Primary colors are positioned equidistant from one another and are connected by a bridge using secondary and tertiary colors
primary color wheel
PRIMARY COLORS
Red, yellow and blue :: In traditional color theory, these are the 3 pigment colors that can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues
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Sony BRAVIA - The Advert

Sony BRAVIA - The Advert


When you're introducing the next generation of television, you want to make an impact - but that doesn't mean you have to be predictable. To announce the arrival of the new BRAVIA LCD and SXRD range, we want to get across a simple message - that the colour you'll see on these screens will be 'like no other'.

Our latest TV ad - featuring massive paint explosions - took 10 days and 250 people to film. Huge quantities of paint were needed to accomplish this, which had to be delivered in 1 tonne trucks and mixed on-site by 20 people.

The effect was stunning, but afterwards a major clean-up operation was required to clear away all that paint!

Continue Reading and See the Video at Sony BRAVIA

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Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.


ColorZilla is an extension for Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla Suite.

It assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks - both basic and advanced.

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With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program or site, like COLOURlover.com. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes.

Continue Reading at ColorZilla

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What Color is Your Business?


As a small business owner, you may have a meaningful understanding of the color of money but how about the color of your business? Learn whether the colors of your business put your customers in a buying mood and support a positive image, or create the wrong perception of your company.

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The Science of Colors

It may seem hard to believe that colors can have an impact on our body and mind. However, scientists know colors can influence our body's physiology and mental states. In a study by Wohlfarth & Sam, the color environment of 14 handicapped children was altered resulting in a measurable change in blood pressure and a decrease in aggressive behavior. The science of colors has been used by market researchers to determine how best to apply this knowledge to influence customer's perceptions of businesses.

The power of colors stimulates our nervous system and evokes emotional states. The colors of our environment travels through our eyes to our brain causing various hormonal releases. But forget the science, what does the meaning of colors do for your business?

Continue Reading at About.co - Small Business Information

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The Color of Words


Words for colors are slippery things. This came particularly to mind when I was reading through some fashion pages the other day as part of my eternal search for new vocabulary.

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One piece of clothing, whose colored illustration showed it to be a sort of dull pastel green, was described as being khaki in color. Now I am old enough to remember the color of British army uniforms just after the Second World War. Their uniforms were also said to be khaki (so much so that to be in khaki meant to be in the Army), but they were most certainly also a sandy brown with no hint of green. This fitted the etymology of the word-a legacy of British rule in India-which comes from an Urdu word meaning "dusty" (no connection with the ancient informal English term cacky, though the implied colors are, or were, similar).

If a word so recent and apparently so clearly defined can change meaning, almost without anyone noticing, perhaps it is not so surprising that other color words have done the same through history, even those for the primary colors that you would think too well-grounded in nature to suffer much change.

Continue Reading at World Wide Words

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Jody Turner: Design and Color Trends


In her last article, trend and design consultant Jody Turner categorized global color trends. In this article, she further explores design and color trends and talks with up-and-coming designers about how they use color in their work.

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Culture is moving from homogeneous expressions to an era of overlapping influences, creating a "co-creation culture." As trends move out of focus, consumers are not discarding them as new trends move in. Rather, they are keeping bits, discarding others and redefining them on their own terms. Consumer choices are influencing design and color industries in brand new ways.

Continue Reading at Apple - Pro - Insights and Ideas / Color

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Spring 2007 Fashion Color Report by PANTONE®, Inc.

Spring 2007 Fashion Color Report by PANTONE®, Inc.


For 13 years, Pantone has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week to bring us the season's most important color trends. This sketchbook previews color for spring 2007.

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Continue Reading at Fashion Trendsetter

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The colour of beta


I was wandering through the list at MoMB (The Museum of Modern Betas Most Anticipated) - a sort of highly subjective list gathered from del.icio.us links. I thought I would do a bit of an experiment and see what colors and what tone (dark or light) is the main color of the holding page or site found. The results are rather interesting and ignoring the design of these and just looking at the colors and tone gave me a different look at the sites as a whole.

Continue Reading at Diary of a website

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