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Interior Design Trends: Brown, Beige & Salmon

Interior Design Trends: Brown, Beige & Salmon


Salmon is a great and fun color which is rarely used and seen. It is a nice change and a great way liven things up a bit, while also softening a look as well. Do you like the color salmon and are you currently using it in your home?


[image above: wallpaper, pendant, diamond bedding, patchwork bedding, tray, pillow, knob]

Brown and beige are rather serene and natural colors. Brown is dark and heavy and beige is light and creamy. Yes, the two can also be viewed as bland and boring, but like the many different colors that exist it can be beautiful and even chic when done the right way.

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The Colors Of Super Nature Design

The Colors Of Super Nature Design


Creating interaction through the experimentation of new media and physical computing, the Shanghai Based 'multi-discipline design company,' Super Nature makes things that make me wish I could experience them first hand. And though I suspect the images do them no justice, the videos provided on their site for each of their projects can at least give us a secondhand look at the imaginative color interaction of their installations.

Co-articulation Color Construction

C.C.C. is a synthesis structure of color terminology and new vision of geometrical forms that could be perceived as a visual metaphor through time, space and the sense of movement. It uses water as a medium for visual display as water is a common chemical substance that is essential for the survival of all known forms of life. A simple visual form could be articulated by extending the “color wave” and forms a three dimensional form within a liquid space. Through user interaction, color, sound and form transformation are synchronized with the kinematic movements that controlled by the user’s hand movement. For more information: C.C.C. (Co-articulation Color Construction)

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The Color Of Soap Bubbles

The Color Of Soap Bubbles


Gorgeous and intriguing; macro shots of soap bubbles perfectly captured by artist Bogdan Chesaru. And I can't help but agree that the name of his website is also a good description of his work: a kind of magic.

Artist Statement

“A Kind of Magic” gallery depicts the natural iridescent colors you see when light catches a clear soap bubble.

Simply put, I photograph light interference on soap film - a physical phenomenon that surrounds our everyday lives and yet it goes largely unnoticed.

As seen through the camera lens, a vibrant scenery of shapes and patterns, swirling and dancing on the edge of time, arouse both the eye and mind with a sensation of spatial elasticity. Driven by a strong minimalist impulse, my work is a venture into this playground of the most faint air currents, molecular forces and gravity’s relentless pull.


Chesaru:_electric_II

Viewers are invited to freely construct their own visual narrative as they catch a glimse into the ephemeral universe of the soap bubble.

Breathe… click… exhale… The eternal torn from the momentary. A Kind of Magic.

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Color Inspiration from AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers

Color Inspiration from AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers


"After careful and considered review of more than 900 entries, the 2008 jury of the “AIGA 50 books/50 Covers” competition selected a group of 91 examples of outstanding book and book cover design produced in 2008."

"The jury’s selections will be mounted as a public exhibition during the “Make/Think: AIGA Design Conference” in October 2009 and at the AIGA National Design Center in New York in December 2009, and will travel across the country to AIGA chapters and student groups during 2010. In addition, selections become part of the AIGA Design Archives, are documented in 365: AIGA Year In Design, and the physical artifacts join the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University."

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Vintage Color & Design: 50's & 60's Graphics

Vintage Color & Design: 50's & 60's Graphics


Here is a nice collection of "vintage graphics, illustrations and ephemera, mainly from the fifties and sixties," from flickr user allerleirau. Found via @grainedit.


tour_eiffel

krefeld
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More Color From Outer Space

More Color From Outer Space


Reminded by the colorful post over at Wired, here are some more inspiring images from NASA and the Hubble Telescope. Previous posts on out of this world color: here, here & here.


white_dwarf_furtureSupersonic_Exhaust


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RYZ Shoe Design Contest: For The Love Of Patterns

RYZ Shoe Design Contest: For The Love Of Patterns


RYZ is a very cool design community from our local hood of Portland OR, and we're excited to be doing a joint contest with them around the patterns on our site.  It's easy.  All you have to do is color one of our pattern templates so that it makes an awesome shoe design and you could win $1,000.

For the Love of Patterns, RYZ & COLOURlovers invite you to design the FIRST PATTERN ONLY SHOE to be included in the RYZ Collection.

How To Enter

1. Use the COLOURlovers' Pattern Tool to create the best pattern on the block. (We put all the patterns we can use for this contest in one category in our pattern tool.)


2. Once you have your colors just right, publish the pattern to save it.

3. On the viewing page for your pattern cick the Download the RYZ Show Template button.

4. Save the template to your computer and then upload it on the RYZ site.

You can upload as many patterns as you want, so clear your calendar for the next week until June 30th when submissions end.

Voting begins July 1st and will end July 14th. The winner will be announced July 20th. Check here for more details.

Only 3 designs max. per participant can make it into the final round - the voting cycle. 18 designs will make it into the voting round and only 1 will take home the grand prize - $750 cash and $250 store credit to the RYZ shop - plus free sponsored memberships at COLOURlovers.

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124 Earthy Palettes

124 Earthy Palettes


"Browns are cool here, reds, yellows, green, khaki. Pink. Purple. Blue. White. Teal. Seriously, all colors belong in this group."

Palettes from the COLOURlovers' group Earthy Luvers.

sand_and_sky f-l-o-w-e-r-s

Bull_in_a_china_shop kids_imagined_land

sand__driftwood the_love_of_nutmeg

camo_splotz Indonesian_Weaver

24_wildgrass_seeds shades_of_citrine

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Color From Awkward Family Photos

Color From Awkward Family Photos


With Awkward Family Photos being covered by the likes of Time, Esquire, O Magazine's twitter, Time Out and The Telegraph, it's safe to say that this hilarious blog which allows you to browse and submit photos of your more awkward family moments, is indeed reaching their goal of "spreading the awkwardness."

I find the photos with coordinated outfits to be especially hilarious and uncomfortable, and they make for some awkward color palettes as well.

a_family_of_starsshave_ice_family

double_the_awkwardfamily_tree

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Color Inspiration: Aloha Shirts

Color Inspiration: Aloha Shirts


The Aloha shirt is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. It is currently the premier textile export of the Hawaii manufacturing industry. The shirts are printed, mostly short-sleeved, and collared. They usually have buttons, sometimes as a complete button-down shirt, and sometimes just down to the chest (pullover). Aloha shirts usually have a left chest pocket sewn in to make the printed pattern continuous. Aloha shirts may be worn by men or women; women's aloha shirts usually have a lower-cut, v-neck style. The lower hem is straight, as the shirts are not meant to be tucked in.

Aloha shirts exported to the mainland United States and elsewhere are called Hawaiian shirts and often brilliantly colored with floral patterns or generic Polynesian motifs and are worn as casual, informal wear.

By contrast, men's aloha shirts manufactured for local Hawaiian residents are usually adorned with traditional Hawaiian quilt designs, tapa designs, or simple floral patterns in more muted colors. Aloha shirts manufactured for local consumption are considered formal wear in business and government, and thus are regarded as equivalent to a shirt, coat, and tie (generally impractical in the warmer climate of Hawaii) in all but the most formal of settings. These shirts often are printed on the interior, resulting in the muted color on the exterior, and are called "reverse print"; this is often mistaken for the shirt being worn inside-out.

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