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Color theorists and designers in fashion or computer graphics have coined phrases based around what colors shouldn't go together. A recent forum post, Red and Green Should Not Be Seen? discusses two of the sayings ("Red and Green Should Not Be Seen" and "Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between"), and some lovers have even responded in protest, showing how there is no 'wrong' in love. Here are some palettes and applications of the forbidden colors that really work.
Chuck Anderson is a very talented artist who creates colorful peices of art for some major clients and brands. He is one of the designers helping big company brands to embrace colorful designs. I've been watching Chuck for a while now and recently Smashing Magazine a great online design resource featured his work in Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration.
Just by looking at part of Chuck's impressive client list, we can see how big business is embracing big color... (Absolut, Adidas, Atlantic Records, Bacardi, Burton, Computer Arts, Dolce & Gabbana, ESPN Magazine, Fall Out Boy, Helio, Inc. Magazine, Microsoft, Nike, Nokia, NYLON Magazine, Pepsi, Reebok, Rolling Stone, Sony, Vans, Virgin Records, Warner Brothers Records, Wired Magazine)
Chocolate is a favourite treat for so many. It’s been called incredibly addicting and better than sex. Coming in the form of bars, truffles, and even drinks, chocolate has become the keystone in a sweettooth’s diet. Chocolate itself, milk or dark, has a wonderful range of rich browns. Sure, chocolate has vanilla in it, but what on earth is white chocolate?
Have you ever flown first class? Have you ever really wished you could? Well, the top ten from Forbes' World's Best First Class article seems to shoot down every actually-comfortable, well-padded seat I've walked past. From bed-chairs to private nooks, Heaven seems to recline at 40,000ft.
Taking a look at Forbes' Top Ten was almost like a journey itself, but not through airspace -- through color. The planes I've been on were all typically calming, hospital colors, but the concept photos from these airlines -- ranked tenth to first -- make me consider spending a little more money next time I fly, and a little more time shopping around, because all of the best colors are all around the world.
Flying first-class here means access to a separate terminal in Doha that mimics a five-star hotel with several fine-dining restaurants, a medical center, and a spa with sauna and Jacuzzi. On board passengers get caviar service, full-size pillows, white linen mattresses, Australian wool blankets and Bulgari toiletry kits. The seats are 79 inches long, have 15-inch LCD screens and come with a 23-inch meal table that allows dining for two, just as in a restaurant.
Italian art director Daniele Lago has created some wonderful designs for the current Lago collection. One product I find particularly great is the N.O.W. Customizable Wardrobe, with the ability to create any number of color palette designs... it makes the COLOURlover inside me giddy.
It is characterized by an innovative approach to color and a system that is so flexible and versatile that it matches the exact measurements of any desire. It is not a simple modular system, but a product that achieves a perfect fit between the visualized dream and the realized solution.
Domino Magazine's latest issue, Best of Decorating 2007 has an interesting section on Paint Colors & Color Trends.
Paint Color Combos - Four utterly of-the-moment pairings (and one rockin' threesome) destined to become palette classics.
Eggplant walls: trimmed with luscious off-white.
Pointing #2003 by Farrow & Ball
Eggplant #1379 by Benjamin Moore
Armin Vit at Speak Up took an amazing look at the 25 movie posters of the top grossing movies of all time.
Not only did he organize the top 25 posters and break them down to simple palettes... He even created a larger image that showed the percentage of color usage for each film rating. Mr. Vit might just be our new best COLOURfriend.
Armin: "I looked for the final theatrical posters - as opposed to teaser or character-specific posters — which most fully represented what people saw on the streets or in movie theaters. Once lined up, I went over them one by one selecting a) the overall or background color, b) one or two of the most visible colors, and c) one or two accent colors. Ignoring any minimum-impact colors along the way. After picking out the colors, I arranged them, via gradients, on a horizontal bar, using the background color as the base and then eyeballing the "amount" of the rest of the colors to create an approximation of the colors you would see if you squinted at the poster or if you had really blurry vision."
Shopping is all about choice, and finding exactly what you want feels great, but with retail stores trying to cater to too many needs or wants, things can become a bit generic -- or worse -- too specific. Ask any shoe enthusiast in your social circle, and they'll say footwear is the worst, and seems like shoe companies asked their friends, too, as now a few of those companies are seeking to bridge the gap between their products and their customers through customisation.
Usually for just a bit more than the typical cost of a pair, companies Nike, Vans, and Converse have stepped up with a customisation system on their respective websites. After selecting a desired style and your shoe size, a selection of colours is made available to put almost anywhere on the shoe.
Playing with Converse's custom tool was the most fun for me, as there were so many options to choose from in both colour and section of the shoe. Having a two-tone shoe never seemed like a better idea.
Whatever your style -- casual or athletic -- you certainly have your choices laid out for you, and it just makes matching so much smoother.
Hair colouring is a style choice as old as four-thousand years ago, as Assyrian herbals have been found dating back to 2177 BC. Seemingly because women feared going grey before 'their time,' hair colouring has carried itself into our time for a number of reasons.
A method to remove the yellowness of grey hair popularised in the 1950s was such that applying too much would turn the hair blue, giving way to the trend of 'blue haired old ladies,' or 'blue hairs.' Blue hair is one of the few colours that don't occur naturally among humans and other mammals, yet it surfaced so often because of an eagerness to look younger and the debacle of grey-removing blue rinse.
Knitters truly are color lovers. These aren't your average socks... these wonderfully colorful knit socks show a wide variety of the endless possibilities for crafty knitters.
Title photo by paperfacets
by tua bella
Started 2/10/07, completed 3/6/07, but I wasn't working very much on them. The first sock went fast. I dawdled on the second.
The yarn is from KnitPicks, and was dyed specially for me by my awesome Secret Pal, Rachel. The stripes turned out perfectly!