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The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations

The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations


The Color Strata was created by Weather Sealed. Weather Sealed (whose informative work has been mentioned here once before) is Steven Von Worley who "finds inspiration at the fringes of art, science, photography, and life" and turns it into "quality over quantity, original content, and the occasional chuckle." See it all here. The Color Strata is based on data from XKCD color survey.

The self described "incorrigible data hound" Von over at Weather Sealed who like all good hounds for interesting information keeps his nose up for new work by  XKCD, another person (Randall Munroe) of the interesting sorts, who has a hilarious archive of "romance, sarcasm, math and language" comics, and a knack for research. Recently XKCD released the findings from his color study.

The Color Study

Here's a snippet from the color study results page:

Thank you so much for all the help on the color survey.  Over five million colors were named across 222,500 user sessions.  If you never got around to taking it, it’s too late to contribute any data, but if you want you can see how it worked and take it for fun here.

First, a few basic discoveries:

  • If you ask people to name colors long enough, they go totally crazy.
  • “Puke” and “vomit” are totally real colors.
  • Colorblind people are more likely than non-colorblind people to type “fuck this” (or some variant) and quit in frustration.
  • Indigo was totally just added to the rainbow so it would have 7 colors and make that “ROY G. BIV” acronym work, just like you always suspected. It should really be ROY GBP, with maybe a C or T thrown in there between G and B depending on how the spectrum was converted to RGB.
  • A couple dozen people embedded SQL ‘drop table’ statements in the color names. Nice try, kids.
  • Nobody can spell “fuchsia”.
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Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'

Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'


If you're looking for some vintage color inspiration, or a little from the unusual category, check out the progress of Lisa Congdon and her project, A Collection a Day. Today is only day 155 so we still have plenty look forward from the 365 day project.

From her collection page:

This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.


fly_away plasticities

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Eclectic Color Roundup: World Cup iPhone Cases, Palette Bookmarklet, Wallpaper Lovin' Bees & Body Sails

Eclectic Color Roundup: World Cup iPhone Cases, Palette Bookmarklet, Wallpaper Lovin' Bees & Body Sails


iPhone

World Cup Collection From Uncommon

Uncommon Collections

The collection has all 32 qualifying team flags and four general soccer designs. Uncommon will be knocking teams out of the collection as they are knocked out of the tournament. So once your team is out, the flag case is gone.

API Love

Bookmarklet For Palette/Pattern Browser

Bookmarklet | Browser |  CL Forum

ycc2106 made a great bookmarklet for the palette/pattern browser a little while back. If you select a username with your cursor and click the bookmarklet it'll take you to the browser with that user's stuff. If you don't have anything selected it opens a window to enter the username. Super handy.

With permission, cuttlefish is hosting it now. Just drag the links into your bookmarks bar to use it.

Thanks ycc2106!

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Nature

Bees Use Flower Petals For Colorful Nest Wallpaper

Story @ NPR

When we think of bee nests, we often think of a giant hive, buzzing with social activity, worker bees and honey. But scientists recently discovered a rare, solitary type of bee that makes tiny nests by plastering together flower petals. - Continue Reading

Sport

Body Sails

Sporting Sails

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Color Lovin' Your Garage Door

Color Lovin' Your Garage Door


Some may think the garage is merely a place to hide the fact that you drive an SUV keep your vehicle & all the stuff you'll probably never use again safe from the elements. But remember all those other great things that have come out of garages? : bands, inventions, companies, etc. The garage is really a conveniently located creative space to explore your latest idea, so it's nice to see that some people are reflecting the creativity going on behind the door outwardly by giving their doors some color lovin'.


Thomas Hawk


turkus

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The World's Most Colorful Currencies, Part 2

The World's Most Colorful Currencies, Part 2


In a blog post long, long ago we scoured through what was then the 119 circulating currencies of the 192 UN member states to find some of the world's most colorful currencies. And we found a few, but the comment section was filled with bank notes that were not taken note of. So, with the suggestions of our members and a bit more scouring here are some more colorful bank notes in part two of The Color of Money From Around the World or The World's Most Colorful Currencies. And don't forget to check out part one, The Color of Money from Around the World, and the site Ron Wise's Banknoteworld who seems to have a complete collection of world currencies scans.

Faeroese króna


Palettes by isotope.151

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Eclectic Color Roundup: Color in Films, Colors in Cultures, The Power of Orange & a Contest

Eclectic Color Roundup: Color in Films, Colors in Cultures, The Power of Orange & a Contest


Blogs

A Month of Color in Films @ Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt

Check out COLOURlovers member symbot's month of posts dedicated to use of color in films over at his blog Benefit of the Doubt. And see his inspired palettes below.

Lurid Overcast
Ebullient:_Umbrellas Acrid_Alice
Delerious_(Suspiria) Provincial_Tati

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Banana Colors & The Int'l Banana Club's Lost Appeal

Banana Colors & The Int'l Banana Club's Lost Appeal


The International Banana Club has been a fixture of California for 38 years, where it holds the largest collection dedicated to a single fruit, or in our case, a single color: banana yellow. And in honor of the closure-turned-relocation of  this goofy icon we're spreading a little banana color love.

Banana Color Love


Banana banana

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Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'

Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'


Have you ever starred longingly at your (insert favorite snack food) and thought to yourself "man, I wish this was like 5 million times bigger." Yeah, I know you have. Well, lucky for us there's a place where all those giant snack dreams can be realized, and they even give you the recipe to do it. Pimp That Snack is a site where users post their attempts to create classic snack foods of hilarious proportions.

If your still hungry for some inspiration check out these confectionary inspired groups:  foodiefiles, Yummy Colours, Colour My Food, Confectioners Paradise, Candy ShopCANDY MACHINE, Candylovers. And these other colorful food posts: How to Make a Rainbow Cake & Confectionery Colors Creating Art With Food

Giant Gummie Bears

While browsing Craftzine's blog I came across this colorful snack project where honey bears are used as molds to create enormous gummi bears. Here's an excerpt from the entertaining recipe:

Soon enough (about 10 minutes on low) the gummis were all melted, and the magma turned clear. It's all shiny and uniform in color, but still vaguely menacing, and I was expecting it to leap out of the pan and attach itself to my face. My spatula was well and truly stuck to the stovetop at this time, thanks to the crazy-glue consistency of the magma. A word of warning: as anyone who's worked with molten sugar knows, getting this stuff on bare skin is horrifically uncomfortable to say the least. It's really, really hot, and it clings to your skin, so tread carefully when pouring.

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31 Ways of Looking at a White T-shirt

31 Ways of Looking at a White T-shirt


In fashion, there are certain staples that never go out of style--a pair of straight-leg jeans, a navy blazer, black heels, a little black dress.

And, of course, there's the plain white T-shirt.

It's clean and classic and something a lot of us live in, whether we wear it alone or as a layer or on a Saturday or to sleep in. In everyday style, it's a blank canvas on which we can base an ensemble. Chances are, you've transformed one to fit your personal style.

The artists behind the Project White T-shirt have transformed 31 white T-shirts into pieces of art, together making a statement about how we can both be individuals and a connected society with the clothing we wear.

Curated by Triple-Major, Project White T-shirt is a traveling art exhibition featuring deconstructed, repurposed and reimagined white T-shirts from 31 international designers. Each of the pieces in the show are being auctioned at the project's Web site; all of the auction proceeds will go to Designers Against AIDS, a nonprofit group dedicated to raising AIDS awareness in international media and toward the general public via elements from pop culture.

It's also, according to project coordinators, "an evolution": "For decades, a T-shirt has been a functional article that covers the torso. But how will it evolve? What will the process of evolution create? Project White T-Shirt challenges dominant notions of fashion and draws the connection between different forms of art. Its goal is to expand possibilities and creativity through the most basic article of clothing: the white T-shirt."

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Inspiration Source: Product Packaging

Inspiration Source: Product Packaging


Like any kind of art, interior design can draw inspiration from anything and everything–fashion, film, music, your environment, even...a can of beans? Yep, you can absolutely design an entire room based on a can of beans.

Millions of dollars and hours are spent on packaging design and with good reason! I'm quite sure I'm not alone when I admit that I often buy products at the market simply because I want to look at them each time I open my cupboard. The Heinz can is a perfect example...I love the bold teal background, simple black and white logo, and gold detail. To me, that description sounds like the perfect recipe for a chic kitchen! So just for fun, let's pair it with the iconic orange of Hermes and see what happens, shall we?


(Heinz, Hermes, Elle Decor)

retsofbeans_n_boxes

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