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The Flowers Personified by J.J. Grandville

The Flowers Personified by J.J. Grandville


J.J. Grandville was a French caricaturist known for his satirical illustrations. He often featured parahuman and anthropomorphic characters to emphasize his political commentary and satire.

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Published posthumously in 1847, Les Fleurs Animées (The Flowers Personified) is both a satirical and poetic collection of botanical illustrations. Considered by many to be a masterpiece, the original book featured 54 etched and hand-colored illustrations depicting the enchanting world of floral maidens. While the Victorian societal references may not mean that much to us now, the amazing color and character detail have definitely retained their magic after all these years.

These particular illustrations are from an 1867 edition of the book and are available in the public domain.

 

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The Colorful World of Colorado Beer

The Colorful World of Colorado Beer


It’s easy to become entrapped in images of picturesque, snow-capped mountains; sparkling, blue and white rapids; and gold-dusted plains when you think of Colorful Colorado, but what you don’t think about are the many shades of beer this vibrant state has to offer. With 140+ breweries statewide, Colorado serves up various hues of porters, ales, stouts, sours, and more from the freshest barleys and hops west of the Mississippi.

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Sean Buchan is a Colorado-based photographer specializing in beer photography, or “beertography” as he likes to call it. His photographs expose the myriad of colors found in Colorado beers, as well as give you a glimpse into the vivid backdrop in which Colorado beers are produced.

source: Sean Buchan

Many of Colorado’s best brew flavors start with hops. These hops are from Voss Farms in Arvada, Colorado, where Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, and Chinook hops are grown. The popping greens scream summer and life.

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A Visual History of Colour in Movie Posters

A Visual History of Colour in Movie Posters


Do you love movie posters, data, and visualizations? Well then you're in for a real treat.

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A couple months ago, Vijay Pandurangan posted the Colours in movie posters since 1914 -- an interactive data visualization that shows the way colours have evolved in the fine art of the movie poster throughout the years.

One of first things you'll probably notice is the prevalence of orange and how the increased use of blue has been a steady trend over the last 100 years. Is this due to printing processes evolving? The shift from hand-painting to photography to computers? Shifts in genre popularity? Or perhaps Hollywood has some sort of fine-tuned scientific process they're using (doubt it ;). Unfortunately those are big questions and this was a side project, but regardless, the information Vijay was able to put together is fantastic.

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UPrinting Canvas Wall Art Contest :: Winners Announced

UPrinting Canvas Wall Art Contest :: Winners Announced


Thanks for another great contest, COLOURlovers! We had a blast going through all of the summer inspired designs and it looks like all of you had fun voting as well. Hugs and high-fives to everyone that participated.

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This contest was made possible by UPrinting.com, an eco-friendly online printing company that offers a wide range of print products including business cards, canvas prints, postcards, posters, as well as other custom print materials. They've put some great prizes for our winners, so let's get on with it and show you which designs got the most love from the COLOURlovers community.

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UPrinting Canvas Wall Art Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites

UPrinting Canvas Wall Art Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites


Wow, you guys have really pulled out all the stops with your designs for the UPrinting Cavas Wall Art Contest! Thanks for inspiring us with your creativity once again.

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This contest is being made possible by our friends at UPrinting.com, an online printing company that offers a wide range of print products including business cards, canvas prints, postcards, posters, as well as other custom print materials. They are specifically proud of their eco-friendly printing that uses recycled paper types and vegetable and soy-based inks. UPrinting has also received accolades for its complimentary, easy-to-use print and design resources.

With the entry period for the contest ending later today, now is the time to go vote for your favorite designs! Voting will remain open until 10pm Pacific this Sunday, August 12th, and to vote you simply need to show the love by clicking the "Love" button on your favorite entries.

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Journey Through the Amazing Worlds of thatgamecompany

Journey Through the Amazing Worlds of thatgamecompany


Thatgamecompany, cofounded by USC students Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen in 2006, is a video game developer based in Los Angeles. Their mission is to "create timeless entertainment that makes positive change to the human psyche worldwide," and by prioritizing things like feelings and emotions over traditional game mechanics, they've created a handful of truly unique and magical experiences.

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With no intentions to produce big budget titles, thatgamecompany has instead delivered four visually stunning experiences unlike anything you've ever played.

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UPrinting 'Summer Summary' Design Contest

UPrinting 'Summer Summary' Design Contest


Howdy COLOURlovers! Who's ready for another contest? We know we are and this time we're back with a canvas wall art design contest brought to you by UPrinting.com.

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UPrinting is an online printing company that offers a wide range of print products including business cards, canvas prints, postcards, posters, as well as other custom print materials. They are specifically proud of their eco-friendly printing that uses recycled paper types and vegetable and soy-based inks. UPrinting has also received accolades for its complimentary, easy-to-use print and design resources.

How to Enter

Open to the entire community, the theme for this contest is ‘A Summer Summary’ -- we want to see the color palettes and patterns that best describe your summer experience. COLOURlovers will submit designs you've created for a 4x6 rectangle template on the UPrinting Contest Page, and keep in mind you're limited to 3 contest entries, so choose your submissions wisely.

Enter the UPrinting Design Contest here!

Contest Dates

Entries will be accepted from August 1st - August 9th.
Voting will remain open until 10pm PDT Sunday, August 12th.
Winners will be announced on Monday, August 13th.

Voting Process

To vote, COLOURlovers simply need to click the "love" button on the designs you like the most. At the end of the voting period, the top five (5) designs with the most Love will be chosen as winners.

Prizes

What do they win? Each of the 5 winners will get a 24” x 36” rolled canvas print, courtesy of UPrinting.com! Winners can choose to go with a 2 inch border or no border and they can print a design of their choosing on the canvas. There's a turnaround time of one business day to get the canvas printed.

But Wait, There's More

The folks at UPrinting have been kind enough to provide an exclusive 10% discount for COLOURlovers members, and it can be used for any order made on their site. Just enter the code COLOUR10 when you check out to take advantage of this special offer. Terms of this discount include:

-The 10% discount is good for any product and can be only be used once (capped $100).
-Valid until October 31, 2012 only.
-Discount valid for printing cost only (does not include shipping, design service, and other non-printing costs)
-Offer not valid on previous purchases or in combination with any other discount or promotion. The higher discount will apply.

You guys are always so creative and we're excited to see what come up with for this contest! Cheers and happy designing.

View all the entries here: UPrinting 'Summer Summary' Entries

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MOO MiniCard Design Contest :: Winners Announced

MOO MiniCard Design Contest :: Winners Announced


We hope you all had a great and colorful weekend! Huge thanks to everyone that submitted palettes and voted in our MOO MiniCard Design Contest. You guys never fail to surprise us with your creativity.

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Also a big thanks to our friends at MOO.com, the sponsors behind this awesome contest. As an online print company that creates a variety of materials including business cards, postcards, and MiniCards, they make it easy for you to share information about yourselves or your business in the real world. Just check out some of the inspiring designs their customers have come up with so far.

Before we dig in to the MiniCard contest winners, let's announce the winner of our MOO Scavenger Hunt! Last week we asked you to pick something you liked from the MOO.com website and create a color palette based on that. We got a lot of great palettes in the comments, but in the end there can be only one winner -- we went with life is a dance! by amyanneerickson based on the Nut and Bee designs. Congrats to Amy, who gets a $25 voucher to MOO.com.

life_is_a_dance!

Grand Prizes:

The top 5 most loved entries will be included in the next COLOURlovers MiniCard pack by MOO and the creators of the winning palettes each get a $100 voucher to use at MOO.com.

Now on to the winners of our MOO MiniCard Design Contest! The entries you guys loved the most were:

 

 

 

 

 

Great job COLOURlovers! Thanks again to everyone that participated and a big congratulations to the winners. Until next time. :)

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MOO MiniCard Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites + Scavenger Hunt!

MOO MiniCard Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites + Scavenger Hunt!


Since we launched our MOO MiniCard Design Contest last week, we've seen nothing but creativity coming in every day. The assignment was to submit your best color palettes using the MiniCard template and the 5 most loved palettes will be bundled together in the new MOO + COLOURlovers MiniCard pack. The winners also each get a $100 from our friends at MOO.com.

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At MOO their motto is "We love to print" and boy do they. Offering a variety of materials from business cards to postcards to stickers, they allow you to use your own design creations or they also offer awesome Ready Made Designs. Below are just a couple of the awesome products you can order from MOO today.

Entries for the contest are closing later today, but you can still vote for your favorite palettes between now and end of day on Sunday, July 29th. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 30th.

Remember, it's the top 5 palettes that win -- if you have entries in the running, now would be the time to share those and try to gather votes, and if you didn't enter, help show love and support to your fellow COLOURlovers by hitting that "Love" button.

Check out all of the entries on our MOO Contest Page. Cheers and happy voting!

Scavenger Hunt Challenge:

You didn't think we were done, did you? :)

The MOO Scavenger Hunt is pretty simple:

- Search MOO.com for your favorite items.
- Create a color palette based on these items.
- Post it as a comment.

That's it! We will select a winner from the comments to receive a $25 gift card to MOO.com.

As an example, I put a palette together based on MOO's awesome postcards:

MOO_Postcards

Have fun!

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MOO MiniCard Design Contest

MOO MiniCard Design Contest


Guess what time it is? Time for yet another moo.com contest! We had such a blast with the first one (not to mention several thousand entries) that we just had to do it again.

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MOO is an online print company that creates a variety of materials including business cards, postcards, and MiniCards. Today we are focusing on their MiniCards. Half the size of a standard business card, MiniCards are great for showing off your portfolio, your products or your business. With the option of a different image on every card, upload your own artwork or choose from thousands of designs.

Ok, let's get down to the details now! I know you are all dying to enter our MiniCard contest.

How to Enter:

Head on over to our contest page and submit your best color palettes for a MOO MiniCard pack. Once you have created something you are proud of, show it off! The palette will be in the gallery to gain "love" from the community.

As a tip, you can adjust the width of each color using the red bar right above the palette color.

Submissions close at the end of the day on Wednesday July 25, 2012. You will have the chance to gain love votes until July 29, 2012. We will announce the winner on Monday, July 30. The top five most ‘loved’ designs will be announced as the winners and these five designs will be bundled as a new COLOURlovers pack and will be available for sale on moo.com.

Once you create your awesome palettes, check out the other entries and vote for your favorites.

The 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.

Not only will you receive a voucher, but the 5 most loved palettes will be included in the next set of COLOURlovers mini cards by MOO.

 

 

Good luck and get designing!

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