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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

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What Hue Are You? : A Wedding Flower Guide
All About the Colorful @ (At Symbol)

All About the Colorful @ (At Symbol)

The @ (a.k.a at-sign, at-symbol, commercial at, snail, arrobase, monkey tail, little mouse, asperand, alphastratocusa along with many other names) is very familiar to us in the digital age, but like so many other things that are perfectly adapted and @ home in the digital age its historical uses, and the development of the symbol itself, is often never known, taken for granted, and forgotten.

While There are many different theories of how @ developed, it is fairly obvious its first widely accepted use was for representing commercial pricing rates ("at the rate of" 12 @ $1 = $12). It wasn't until 1971 when Raymond Tomlinson, an American programmer, used it as the natural division within the first e-mail message ever sent, that @ took on its modern meaning, and subsequently, a symbol for "The Internet", computerization, or modernization as a whole.  Now it has gone as far as being admitted into the Museum of Modern Art's Design & Architecture collection.

Scroll down to see what people think the color of @ is.

@ History

"No one knows for sure when it first appeared. One suggestion is that it dates to the sixth or seventh century when it was adopted as an abbreviation of “ad,” the Latin word for “at” or “toward.” (The scribes of the day are said to have saved time by merging two letters and curling the stroke of the “d” around the “a.”) Another theory is that it was introduced in 16th-century Venice as shorthand for the “amphora,” a measuring device used by local tradesmen." - Why @ Is Held in Such High Design Esteem

A hypothetical evolution of the at-sign

Medieval monks abbreviated the Latin word ad (at, toward, by, about) next to a numeral.

It was originally an abbreviation of the Greek preposition ανά (transliterated ana), meaning at the rate of or per.

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Eclectic Color Roundup

Eclectic Color Roundup

Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.


'Clouds' for Kvadrat by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec;

"'Clouds' is a colorful concept that evolves as you add elements to it, producing a three-dimensional effect, coating architecture in a fluid yet chaotic way."

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Color Inspiration From New Wallpaper Designs

Color Inspiration From New Wallpaper Designs

A nice write up about the latest wallpaper trends and tips on how to best incorporate them into your home or office by House to Home.

Archive designs

Wallpapers taken from the archives are historic but far from old-fashioned. Follow our tips to make a traditional archive-print wallpaper work beautifully in your home.

• You don’t have to live in an old house for these wallpapers to work, but, for best effect, choose a design that suits the scale of your home. For example, the small florals typical of the 1930s can look lost in a high-ceilinged room, while heavily patterned Victorian prints can overwhelm a small or low-ceilinged space.

• To make a beautiful wallcovering the focus of the room, pick out key colours from the design and repeat them in plain fabrics and painted woodwork.

• To mix in other prints without outshining the wallpaper, stick to a limited colour palette. Alternatively, choose another print from the same collection – they’re grouped to co-ordinate, so the hard work’s been done for you.

• If you like an eclectic look, you can team an archive wallpaper with modern furniture, but echo the design – for example, a pattern with gentle curves will look better with furniture in curved shapes.

• If you want to find a paint that matches the tones used in an archive wallpaper, look at heritage and period paint collections.


Love geometric wallpaper? Use it to create a fabulous look with these simple rules.

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Launching A Color Revolution With de Blob

Launching A Color Revolution With de Blob

While video games are often a great source for a colorful experience, few celebrate color as specifically as the recent THQ offering de Blob. I first saw this game in 2007 at an event called the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Sandwiched in the back half of an area called the Independent Games Festival, I discovered that the game had been developed by a group of students from the Netherlands and was about repainting a drab city with color. de Blob is the game's mushy little hero, who bravely takes on the task.

The idea is innovative, but the execution was another thing altogether: I played the game using a trackball to roll De Blob around, and it really stuck with me how easy it was to control, but also what a pleasure it was to play. By rolling through paintbuckets, de Blob would gain a new color, which he then spread to the drab buildings around him by rolling past and bouncing all over them. I laughed out loud a few times while playing. Not only was the game fun, but it seemed to truly celebrate color and communicated a unspoken emphasis on its importance in our daily lives.


It's no surprise that this clever little game didn't remain under the radar for long. THQ got wind of the student project and voiced how impressed they were with it. Soon enough, THQ had acquired the rights and got to developing a new version of the title for multiple gaming consoles. A company called Blue Tongue Entertainment took over development of the version for the popular Nintendo Wii, while another called Helixe worked on developing a version for Nintendo's handheld gaming system, the DS.


In the Wii release, you get to learn more about the story surrounding de Blob and why his painting skills are so important: the city of Chroma has been overthrown by the evil I.N.K.T. Corporation, and all the surroundings have lost their color and turned gray. To right the wrongs that I.N.K.T. has wrought, de Blob must find paint and bring life back to the city again. Beautiful, energetic music has been added to all the levels, and beautifully complements your journey as you roll about reviving your surroundings. Players are awarded higher scores based on how many colors they use to paint city blocks and structures, encouraging creativity.

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Color & Design In Sports: The NFL

Color & Design In Sports: The NFL

Here are the current color, logo and uniform designs of all 32 National Football League Teams. Many of the same team colors are used throughout this classic American sports league...

NFL Color Count:

White: 27 teams
Blue: 15 teams
Black: 11 teams
Red: 9 teams
Silver: 7 teams
Green: 4 teams
Gold: 4 teams
Orange: 4 teams
Purple: 2 teams
Brown: 1 team
Burgundy: 1 team
Teal: 1 team
Pewter: 1 team
Aqua: 1 team
Coral: 1 team




Buffalo Bills


Team Colors: Dark Navy, Scarlet Red, Royal Blue, White, Nickel
Mascot: Billy Buffalo
Owner: Ralph Wilson
Head Coach Dick Jauron
Conference Championships: (4) 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
League Chanmpionships: (2) 1964, 1965

Miami Dolphins

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Team Colors: Aqua, Coral, Navy Blue, White
Mascot: T. D.
Owner: H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%)
Head Coach: Tony Sparano
Conference Championships: (5) 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984
League Championships: (2) 1972 (VII), 1973 (VIII)

New England Patriots

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Team Colors: Nautical Blue, Red, New Century
Mascot: Pat Patriot
Owner: Robert Kraft
Head Coach: Bill Belichick
Conference Championships: (6) 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
League Championships: (3) 2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX)

New York Jets

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Team Colors: Hunter Green, White
Mascot: named after their relocation close to LaGuardia Airport where you could hear jets roaring overhead.
Owner: Woody Johnson
Head Coach: Eric Mangini
Conference Championships: (0)
League Championships: (1) 1968 (III)

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Color Inspiration: 108 Aqua Patterns, Palettes & Colors

Color Inspiration: 108 Aqua Patterns, Palettes & Colors

Aqua, cyan, aquamarine, blue-green, cyan blue, baby blue, teal, turquoise, and so on and so forth.

Some interesting facts about Aqua (Cyan):

Cyan colored tiles are often used to pave swimming pools to make the water within them seem more inviting to swim in, by making the cyan color of their water seem more intensely colored. Water in swimming pool is colored a bright tint of cyan anyway because chlorine bleach, which is cyan, is added to water in swimming pools for disinfection.

The planet Uranus is cyan because of the abundance of methane in its atmosphere.

Cyanosis is an abnormal blueness of the skin, usually a sign of poor oxygen intake. IE- the patient is "cyanotic"


Sea Gem Art Glass Downhome Bluegrass

Clouds Impressions wave wheels

aqua mosaic The Howler

exotic places Memory

Stirring icy & snow

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20 Stunningly Colorful Commercial Designers

20 Stunningly Colorful Commercial Designers

Often when we think of commercial design work, we imagine 3 color logos and simple illustrations... but not all commercial work is so plain. Here are 20 commercial designers who create stunningly colorful work.

Matthew Curry | Imagefed



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Design and Branding Trends: Olympic Games

Design and Branding Trends: Olympic Games

Over the years of the modern Olympic era we have witnessed design take a forefront in the planning and execution of the event. It has seemingly gone from a casual, low key sporting event, with each venue taking their turn hosting, into a full scale media orgy of Superbowl proportions.

Cities have good reason to want to hold one of the the world's greatest sporting events, with the potential economy boost, infrastructure developments and revitalized international attention, but for many cities hosting the Olympic games has been not always been a great success -- in 1984 Los Angeles was the only city to make a bid for the games due to the massive cost overruns during the Montreal Games.

With the enormous costs that cities face to hold the games, more energy, and money, is being focused on branding in hopes at creating a memorable and rewarding event. Host countries now reach out to the best designers, architects, and artist, to create a spectacle the world will never forget, and the one symbol that will be plastered on the streets, merchandise, and computer and television screens across the globe: the logo. And while most designs have stuck close to the blue, yellow, black, green and red of the Olympic colors, we have begun to see new colors emerge from the more recent games, including the first logo to come in multiple colors, which will be seen in 2012.

Today were taking look at the Summer Olympic logos from 1896 to 2012 London along with some noteworthy facts from each games and palette inspiration from some of the more colorful posters and logos. For more info about each year of the Olympics, click on the corresponding image.

Olympic Design

athens_1896_report_cover.jpg    1896 Athens, Greece
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in Athens, Greece, from April 6 to April 15, 1896. It was the first Olympic Games held in the Modern era. Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, consequently Athens was perceived to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. It was unanimously chosen as the host city during a congress organized by Pierre de Coubertin, a French pedagogue and historian, in Paris, on June 23, 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also established during this congress.



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