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4by6 Design Contest :: Winners Announced

4by6 Design Contest :: Winners Announced


I hope you have all enjoyed designing your 4x4 piece during our 4x6.com design contest! We really enjoyed seeing all of the awesome entries that you guys created.

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4by6.com is a printing company that focuses on high-end printing services of all types of collateral including business cards, fliers, square cards, etc. It is definitely worth checking out for all your printing needs.

Winners:

To recap, here is what the winner's will receive!

·         First Place: $250 in 4by6.com print dollars

·         Second Place: $100 in 4by6.com print dollars

·         Third Place: $50 in 4by6.com print dollars

·         4th - 20th Honorable Mentions: 50 Free 4x4" Satin Square Cards (not including S&H)

In First Place with the most loves was happy swing by COLOURlover blimblimb.
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Second Place was Primitive art by COLOURlover Alisa Overland.

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And Third Place went to magnolia morning by COLOURlover twister.

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Below are the 4th-20th place Honorable Mentions:

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50s_wedding

A_new_day

Rolly_Polly_Parade

★Topsy-Turvy

blue_vetch

Harvest_1

summer_salad

were_blue_too

ALL_MY_LOVE...

eraaz7

Pops

Treats

summer_garden

euro_2012

Lonely_Hearts_Club

Koi_Carp

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone for voting!

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An Art Collection by Markus Linnenbrick

An Art Collection by Markus Linnenbrick


Artist Markus Linnenbrick creates some amazing and colorful art pieces. Whether he is creating art installations or sculptures his use of color is so creative and much different than anything you will probably ever see.

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Here are a few of his art installations that he has created in multiple buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These sculptures are so amazing. The process involves glass pieces and a drill! Look how amazing these sculptures look.

 

Here are some great pieces he created on canvas. Wow, I really want one of these pieces in my house right about now.

 

 

 

 

Check out Markus Linnenbrick's art work! Would love to see the palettes and patterns you all could create using this as inspiration. Send those over in the comments!

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Floral Trends in Decor, Design + Fashion

Floral Trends in Decor, Design + Fashion


I'm excited for the return of floral prints. From fashion to design, this print has grown back into our lives and secured a very special place in current trends. These print pieces are so simple and sweet and will definitely add extra sunshine to your home office.

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Today we are going to take a look through all the various uses of such a trend. So get your pinning buttons ready, as you are in for a treat.

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Logo design? Using Florals? You better believe it!

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I love the use of watercolor + free hand floral drawing in this logo. This is one fun logo overall, and just check out how she plays with it in her branding.

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Floral print in fashion is coming back fast! It is important to find those modern floral patterns as opposed to those your grandma used to own. But if you can find something vintage modern, you'll be golden in pulling off this trend.

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I wasn't aware that the floral print trend had hit the seating market so heavily. But I stand corrected by these images that shed a whole new light on floral print seating. Which one is your favorite?

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I loved this floral pattern that one blogger created.

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And it looks like you all are creating your own floral patterns on COLOURlovers as well! There are pages and pages of floral patterns for you all to explore on the site.

Source: hana*, ksantipaSkyblue2u, Skyblue2u 

My challenge of the day is to create some awesome floral patterns on COLOURlovers. Once you have created something you love, comment them all below. Let's help get everyone else inspired with floral patterns too!

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Colorful Modern Art by Andy Gilmore

Colorful Modern Art by Andy Gilmore


I posted one of Andy Gilmore's pieces on the COLOURlovers Facebook page a few weeks back. While digging deeper into the site, I found myself in awe over every single piece. I don't have enough space to feature them all on this blog post, but I would highly recommend checking out his entire collection of work if you are as impressed as I am by this small feature.

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Creating magazine covers is nothing new for Andy. He shows plenty of them in his body of work. I do however remember this Wired issue which I thought was great when I saw this. Opposite of Wired is the cover he created for the New York Times Key Magazine.

Here are a series of excellent pieces using bright colors and some very modern shapes.

 


Source for all images: Andy Gilmore

What do you think of this art? Would you use these patterns on something fun such as your iPhone case or throw pillows? Let us know what you think.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Artist The Skid

COLOURlovers Interview with Artist The Skid


Today we are featuring an awesome artist and giving you all a bit of an insight into the creative process behind his pieces of art. Each piece is bright and vibrant and  each tell a story.

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This talented artist started small and kept, all the while he gained more and more traction in the blogosphere and now you can see his art work featured all over. The artist behind it all is Adam Sidwell, AKA The Skid. Check out his Tumblr for lots more pieces are art that are not featured here, you'll definitely get lost in the great color palettes and pieces he has created.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it.
I was into illustrating as a kid. In 2010 I started doing weekly drawings of pop culture, started taking requests, and would post one online each week. The blog started gaining traction after some time and I started freelancing.

What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now?
Growing up as a kid in the 80's, playing video games and watching movies like rambo and terminator, that had the most influence on me in terms of content.

How do you choose your color palettes?

Generally I kind of stick to 6 colors. I primarily use green, yellow, red, orange, purple, blue. I usually use a lot of complimentary colors in the same series. As long as the colors are bright and vibrant there is really no method to the madness to the way I choose colors.

What colors do you think we will see a lot of in 2012?
I started out using very traditional colors but I like more neon and vibrant colors. I did a series of video game box posters and the way those colors blended together are my favorite colors of any piece.

What is your general design process?
I stick to thumb-nailing and sketching. Then I take it into photoshop and I usually redraw the image because I don't use a wacom board the first time around. I like to get the feel of real pen and paper. I print out the wacom board drawing on water color paper and watercolor it, then rescan it then touch it up. Then the color palette comes to form and I start creating from there.

As an artist, what is the best advice you have ever received?
There is always going to be someone more talented than you but you can always work harder than them. I'm from the midwest, hard work ethic is what I grew up with. I was a part of a blue collar family and it is transformed to the digital sense.


Source: All Photos by Adam Sidwell

When you are feeling stumped, where do you turn for inspiration?
Tumblr, but it is sort of  bad because I get stuck. I don't explore that much outside of that.

What's one thing you tell designers that are just starting out?
I feel like a lot of people take things too personally, whether it comes to critiquing or posting and not getting likes then giving up. I started out and my friends at work and my mom were basically the only one's following me. I kept at it and the blog gained footing and things took off. That never would have happened if I just gave up. It is kind of hard receiving negative criticism. I see artists start up and get discouraged and though they are creating awesome art work they give up. Basically, just keep going and going.

 

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Magazine Cover Design Through The Decades

Magazine Cover Design Through The Decades


Some say print is dying while other's are fighting for its survival. Luckily, the issue we are discussing here today isn't weather or not the world of print is going by the wayside. Today, the discussion is the art of creating a magazine cover complete with images of iconic covers including those from decades past.

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Le Fourire is a 1930's car magazine.


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The House Beautiful cover from 1921 alongside the 1952 Fortune design cover. Both magazines are still going strong today after all these years, but the evolution of the magazine covers have grown drastically through the years.


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Walter Allner founded the International Poster Annual, started his own company and freelanced for Johnson & Johnson, I.B.M. and Life magazine. Allner’s most notable work are the covers he did of Fortune magazine where he was the Art Director from 1962 to 1974.


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Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design founded in 1940. This anniversary edition of the magazine features a polygon filled with color.

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Studio, 1960's design.


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Wired has won a number of awards for their print magazine, and with good reason. Each cover is more striking and thought provoking than the last. Here is one attention-grabbing cover they did last year.


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One of the most influential fashion magazines on the scene, Bazaar focuses on classic and sophisticated features and design. From the clothing choices to the covers of these two magazines, the simplicity shines through.


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What are your thoughts on magazine covers? Do you prefer this style or are you gravitating toward newer magazines covers that you see on stands now?

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CMYK Embroidery by Evelin Kasikov

CMYK Embroidery by Evelin Kasikov


There are so many artists in the world, and the things these people do never cease to amaze me. One day, while pinning, I came across a photo of some of the coolest embroidery ever. Embroidery that would make people who don't like embroidery appreciate embroidery.

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Evelin Kasikov is a graphic and print designer who uses typography, grid systems and design techniques to challenge the preconceptions of embroidery. She has created a variety of designs including a typography series, and a book series. I found her CMYK series incredibly fun, colorful and totally awesome in terms of design. Here are just a few pieces.

Do check out her other work, it is just as awesome as what you can see here.

 

So what do you guys think? Would you buy one of these pieces to hang on your wall as art?

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Colorful Wedding Invitations Trends

Colorful Wedding Invitations Trends


Wedding invitations are slated to go out 6 weeks before the big day. While it may seem like something you can put off for a while, the process of designing, printing and labeling invitations can be quite the process. That said, invites are something you should be thinking about 6 months before the actual date.

Presented by Next Day Flyers a leading provider of folded cards, wedding invitations and more.

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Here are some colorful invitations that will set the mood for your wedding day. If you are planning to have some bold details and fun elements, colorful invitations to match are a great way to get guests in the mood and excited about the wedding.

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I love the idea of a record invitation, but those are quite expensive to produce and ship. If you love the idea but don't have the funds, consider doing a favor similar to this that you can hand out at the event.


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Paint, stamps and calligraphy are all unique ways to write on your invites. There are plenty of DIY tutorials out there that help you learn how to get crafty with your invites.

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These color blocking invites are just awesome. Maintaining this theme through all the paper products are your wedding is really easy with this printable design.


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Here are a few different ways to add a little color into your invites in a variety of different ways.


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Watercolor is another way that invitations can get some more fabulous color. Take a simple white and black letterpress design, add watercolor designs, and you have yourself a whole new feel on your invite. If you can't do the watercolor elements yourself The Aerialist Press has some awesome watercolor options.


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Who is planning a wedding right now? What color palette are you choosing and how are you incorporating that into your invitations?

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MOO Design Contest Winner Announced

MOO Design Contest Winner Announced


MOO is about giving people the tools they need to create the best first impression. From postcards to business cards, there are a wide variety of options that one could choose from to best represent himself or his business. Make sure you check out moo.com to see how they can help with your printing needs.

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Thanks so much to MOO for this awesome design contest. I hope you all enjoyed creating and voting for your favorite palettes. Hopefully you had the chance to sift through some of the inspiring color palettes that other COLOURlovers created.

First up, let's announce the winner of our Scavenger Hunt contest! COLOURlovers were given the mission to find someone awesome on the moo.com website and create their very own color palette from it. There were so many great submissions, but since we have to choose a winner, we chose Scan For More by Lacier. Congrats! She will win a $25 MOO voucher.

Grand Prizes:

The people who created 5 most loved color palettes will each receive a $100 MOO voucher to be used at moo.com for any of their available products.

The 5 most loved palettes will be included in the next set of COLOURlovers business cards by MOO.

Without further ado, here are the 5 most loved palettes and the brand new palettes that will be part of the business card pack.

Congrats to all the winners! And thanks to everyone for voting.

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Amp Up Your Brand With Color

Amp Up Your Brand With Color


Want your brand to be fun, recognizable and creative? Designing a suite of colorfully creative branding allows you get playful and fun with your consumers and give them something different.

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You don't see a prism of colors adorning branding items of most products and websites. The normal approach is to stick to a 3-5 color palette which with to design everything from. These examples go outside the box a bit and use the entire rainbow in their designs.


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This is the current branding of Cheer. I have to say I am really enjoying it. Between the color blocking and the geometric designs, they are really hitting current trends right on the nail with this one.


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This polaroid branding from 1960. I love the retro look of this piece and the colors they chose to represent their brand.


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These examples of colorful branding are fun ways to make your brand a little more playful than it might be right now. Adding some color can be a daunting task (afterall there are SO many choices) but once you find the perfect combo that communicates your brand, it'll do wonders for you.

If you enjoyed these designs for branding, check out ones you can use right away on Creative Market.

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