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Moo loves print and we love color... so naturally something great will come from us getting together. That awesomely colorful goodness are the new standard and mini sized card packs they just added to their store: COLOURlovers Ready Made Design Packs featuring some great palettes from our site. If you want to mix and match your own pack you can Make a Custom Pack too.
We looked at the top palettes from the last year as well as through some of our widths groups to get a great assortment of width palettes for the new packs. I'll work on adding a list of all the palettes used in the next few days so you can see all the palettes here.
Along with the palettes they've added a design pack of This Is Not A Rainbow. I made a t-shirt with a couple of these designs last year and it's been fun seeing how people react. If it isn't blue, what is it? I think it's a bit "cloudless sky." These cards are fun for sparking conversation about the thing you love and for reminding people that colors are whatever they want them to be. Yellow? Nah... "Man in a Chicken Suit." Green? Nope... "Your Breath Smells Like Grass."
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The European comic book scene, particularly in France and Belgium, is very different from that of North America. Vintage covers from these popular titles are particularly striking.
Franco-Belgian comics are comics that are created in Belgium and France. These countries have a long tradition in comics and comic books, where they are known as BDs, an abbreviation of bande dessinée (literally drawn strip) in French and stripverhalen (literally strip stories) in Dutch. The Flemish Belgian comic books (originally written in Dutch) are influenced by francophone comics, yet have a distinctly different style. Many other European comics, especially Italian comics, are strongly influenced by Franco-Belgian comics.
40% of Belgium and France share the French language, making them a unique market where national identity is often blurred. Although Switzerland contributes less to the total body of work, it is significant that many scholars point to a Francophone Swiss, Rodolphe Töpffer, as the true father of comics.
Blake and Mortimer (1946 - ) is a Belgian comics series created by the Belgian writer and comics artist Edgar P. Jacobs. It first appeared serialized in the Belgian comics magazine Tintin from 1946, and was subsequently published in book form by Les Editions du Lombard. It was one of the first series to appear in Tintin magazine.
Jacques Auriac was a maestro of advertising posters for major brands representative of post-war industrial expansion. He was first inspired to study design after visiting the "Pavillon de la publicité" at the 1937 worlds fair.
Today's color inspiration comes from distant galaxies and a future filled with space travel and exploration. these classic retrofutre illustrations were created by Steven Thomas, Klaus Bürgle, Kurt Röschl, Eberhard Binder-Staßfurt, H.u.B. von Römer, Günter Radtke, Helmuth Ellgaard and Heinz Hähnel. You can explore more of their work at retro-futurismus.de and stevethomasart.com.
Studio On Fire is a design and letterpress workspace in Minneapolis, Minnesota.To say the least, they certainly have some love for color, and their bold palettes are quite inspiring.
Studio On Fire on the Letterpress
It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? A tactile feel. A visible impression. A chance to remain in a person's hands for consideration. In a world of mass production, creating something that people hold onto is more valuable than ever. Letterpress printing offers that distinctive difference. The impression of artwork sculpts the paper, creating a work of art that engages the user and creates an interaction incomparable to offset printing.
*editor's note 12/7/2011 | The information about the magazine is incorrect. We mistakenly mixed up two magazines by the same name but published many years apart. The covers below are from Mundo Nuevo a monthly magazine Published in Madrid, Spain from the 1900s to early 1930s. Thanks to COLOURlover Capricciosa for setting us straight. The original article can still be found below.
Mundo Nuevo (Spanish for "the New World") was an influential Spanish-language periodical dedicated to new Latin American literature. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, it was founded in 1966 by Emir Rodríguez Monegal in Paris, France, and distributed worldwide. Monegal edited it until 1968 and resigned after a smear campaign related to a CIA scandal. The magazine stopped in 1971 after 58 issues.
The alphabet series from Buckinghamshire based, freelance illustrator Paul Thurlby. Each letter has a nice vintage color palette. And for those who might be interested, Paul mentions on his blog that prints from the series will soon be available for purchase.
What started as a doctor prescribed creative exercise to help John Taylor relax and get back into the swing of things after an extended stressful period of time in his life, Film the Blanks, "an ongoing experiment in deconstructing and abstracting film posters," has gathered much attention. Admittedly, and thankfully, John acknowledged that the outpouring of support - 10,000 visitors in the first month and request to feature his work in magazines and in galleries - as one of the reasons for his recovery; "I've had more fun and motivation and rewarding feedback in the last month working alone in my armchair than I have had in the last ten years designing for other people at a desk."
Worthy enough for his own post (stay tuned), Bob Staake, the renowned American illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and designer, makes a point to showcase the work of those who inspire him. One way he is doing this is by sharing links and images on his site of those illustrators and designers that have shaped his own sense of composition, color and style. It's quite clear from his work that he has great taste, and those who continue to inspire Bob Staake, along with a great number of other contemporary illustrators and designers include: A.M. Cassandre, Alex Steinweiss, J.P. Miller, Paul Rand, Paolo Garretto, Jean Carlu, Donald Brun, Herbert Leupin, Albert Borer, Mary Blair, Aurelius Battaglia, Herve Morvan, & James Flora.
Throughout my life I've been mesmerized by posters -- particularly those created by the Europeans of the mid-20th Century. These bold, graphic and inventive posters continue to captivate contemporary illustrators, and while many of us have liberally taken inspiration from iconic poster graphics, I'd like to think we build on the visual tradition built by the artists (many well-known, many anonymous) who worked from 1930-1960 in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and virtually every country on the European continent. - Bob Staake