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Popular Business Books & Their Color Designs

Popular Business Books & Their Color Designs


Books, besides being nice to look at, offer us a way to keep up with the ever changing industries that we are a part of. In the long format of a book authors have time to fully explain and relate their ideas in a way that allows readers to completely understand concepts, unlike the guessing or fill-in-the-blanks game we often have to play in to understand many message from the short format blog post or tweet. Books give the readers time to think about how their own knowledge and ideas fit or collide with that of the authors, and whether or not the information contained in the book is really worth the cover price or if it is merely a pride piece by some ego. This happens often, especially  now with the low cost, no-hassel publishing that we have now-a-days.


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24 Smart Logo Color Designs

24 Smart Logo Color Designs


With little space and few words available,  symbols, and especially color, need to to be smart when it comes to creating logo identities to communicate your brand. Its nice to check in from time to time to see how designers are using color to make a big impression. Here is a selection of recent designs from logospire.

 

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mambo

 

LINDA

 

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Elephant

 

Bacara

 

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where_i_ride

 

dreamland

 

Arte_in_Vetrina

 

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Constantino

 

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Arti_Scuola

 

Infloris

 

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Interior Design Trends: Yellow (Spring)

Interior Design Trends: Yellow (Spring)


Although it is now Spring, it still feels as if Winter is among us. Winter this year has been odd and different than the several winters prior. It seemed as though a snow storm would pop up every Tuesday, right on schedule. But, enough about Winter and on to Spring!

Spring is light, airy and refreshing. It is a time when you feel as though you can start over, a feeling and sense of new beginnings (that's how I always feel around Spring instead of New Year's.)  Relief is near as we enjoy warmer weather and get ready for those outdoor soiree's. There is also that thing we all know as Spring cleaning, I guess it all makes sense now, right?

Everyone views Spring differently,  if you ask one person what they associate Spring with, they may tell you that they think of daffodils, another may tell you barbecue's and if you ask me... I will simply tell you that yellow, tulips and light showers remind me of Spring. This is why I chose the color yellow for this Spring post.

What color do you associate Spring with?

fabric, bowls, flowers, pillow, candle, butterflies, pendant

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Fashion to the Rescue: Japan Relief

Fashion to the Rescue: Japan Relief


I think we can all agree that fashion lives in a pretty little bubble, untouched by the issues that we as its consumers must face on a daily basis.  But where there is art there is heart and the fashion industry is no exception.

Due to the disaster that recently devastated Japan, the country is in desperate need of assistance from the global community, and many designers and online retailers have joined forces with aid organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Proceeds from sales of select items will go to these groups among others!

Threadless.com Rebuild Japan Tee's. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this tee will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

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Threadless + Steven Alan Pattern Design Challenge: Using Seamless

Threadless + Steven Alan Pattern Design Challenge: Using Seamless


Threadless, well known for it's community-designed, community-picked (aka "scored") t-shirt designs, is partnering up with Steven Alan for a fun, Fall Pattern Design Challenge. We LOVE Threadless because they empower artists and create portholes of success, no matter who you are or where you are at in your art career/hobby. In turn, this produces a wide range of awesomely unique clothing for the rest of us to wear.

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Spring 2011 Dresses: 60's Housewife Trend

Spring 2011 Dresses: 60's Housewife Trend


Spring is here and to usher in the warmer weather, feast your eyes on these lovely spring dresses. Some upcoming color trends that you can expect to see are uplifting and energizing colors like coral and magenta. You will also see some soft, pastel hues like lilac and sage and nautical colors like cobalt blue and aqua. The classic muted, subtle tones like black and white are almost always in style and this spring is no exception.

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One of the biggest trends is the 50s and 60s silhouettes coming back. (Think Jackie Onassis Kennedy and full 50s prom skirts.) The 60s housewife look is definitely hitting the runway in sheath hourglass-shape dresses that cinch in the waist and hips. Other current trends to look out for include lace, crochet, macrame, asymmetrical necklines, and tail hems (that's when the back of the dress is longer than the front.)

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Lucky Us! Green Patterns & Palettes

Lucky Us! Green Patterns & Palettes


We love St. Patrick's day...I bet you can guess why. Cause it's a day of celebration for the color Green! among other things. These days it is mostly a celebration of Irish culture. A culture rich with associations to the color Green! So, today we are reminded about how lucky we are to celebrate color with different cultures and all the color lovers across the world.

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Interior Design Trends: Green and Gray

Interior Design Trends: Green and Gray


In honor of Saint Patrick's Day green is the color chosen for today's round up. Though originally the color that was associated with This holiday was blue, which I found to be very fascinating. As time went on the color green just grew and here we are. I don't know about you, but I enjoy decorating for holidays as well as celebrating holidays, which gives me an excuse to have fun and enjoy the company of friends and family. I know that emerald green seems to be the tone that comes to mind to most individuals, but all shades of green could be used if you are not fond of that type of green. I chose several fun green accessories and added a little bit of gray for some contrast. What will you be doing for  Saint Patrick's Day and have you decorated your home with touches of green?

Some Great Finds on Etsy...


header: fine art photography on Etsy.com and palette, Thatchery...
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Covering up with Color: iPad Smart Cover

Covering up with Color: iPad Smart Cover


The way that Apple has built it's product line off extreme minimalism both in color and design has always been intriguing to look back on. It becomes such a huge deal when they decide to add any sort of color to a particular product design. So this morning when I woke up and started slimming down my inbox, I couldn't help but click on the iPad 2 Release simply for the main showcase image...

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Ditherm by Luboš Sekal - Office Interiors

Ditherm by Luboš Sekal - Office Interiors


Corporate Interiors. The name lends itself to a labyrinth of workstations, bland color palettes and an environment that you can’t wait to get out of as soon as the clock strikes that magical hour. You get to breathe fresh air and spend some of that hard earned cash on drinks with colleagues discussing how much you loathe working in that god-for-saken office. But, did you ever consider that it could possibly be the design of the office that you loathe more than your job?!

I myself being from a corporate interior design background am all too familiar with just how miserable some office interiors can be with their muddy color palettes of maroon, beige, “healthcare blue” and hunter green. Luckily for me, my job was to make it better.

That is one reason that I enjoyed corporate interiors- to see how people reacted in a space before renovation/relocation and after. It’s amazing to see how much color, spacial layout, graphics, way-finding and for god’s sake "views to the outdoors" can completely change people’s demeanor, work ethic and even attendance to work.

I recently had the pleasure of walking into the small, but dynamic corporate office of Ditherm- a refractory engineering firm located in Prague, Czech Republic. The space was designed by Czech architect Luboš Sekal (of A.A.L.S ateliér Architektonický) and makes use of color and graphic pattern in a unique and refreshing way. It didn’t blatantly say “corporate office” with the palette of tonal grays and a pop of orange. As opposed to the typical private office set up with a solitary colored accent wall, desk and two guest chairs- Sekal chose to create a painted graphic pattern accent wall and a posh "in office" meeting area equipped with designer furnishings and a unique light fixture. The painted wall graphic is featured on most accent walls throughout the space, but I also really enjoyed how the workstations and storage units became features in the back office area with their intersecting planes of color, and also the sliver of orange glass accent in the bathroom doors with the cute gender graphic.

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