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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.


Source: Header Image, Craft, Le Fourire

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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Post-It Note Art + Photography

Post-It Note Art + Photography


There is so much you can do with post-it notes. Aside from being the perfect size to write small notes on, they are also a key player in some less than traditional art pieces. The hot pink wall accents lend a colorful touch to an already pink art piece.

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I love  seeing what comes out of great minds with a stack of post-it notes. Photography by Florian Hildebrandt


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MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt

MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt


Last week we launched our MOO design contest. The task: create a color palette and get the most love on it. The Prize: the top 5 most-loved palettes will be printed on the brand new MOO + COLOURlovers business card pack, and the creators of those palettes each win $100 to spend on MOO goodies.

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Check out some of these great MOO designs that can be found and purchased right from the moo.com website! Pretty awesome huh?

Entries for this contest are now closed, but don't worry, you can still do plenty of voting! If you didn't get the chance to enter go ahead and vote (hit the "love button") for your favorite entires and help someone win this $100 prize.

If you did create an entry, now is the time to share, share, share! Let your friends know to vote on your entry and help you win! The winner will be announced this Friday so make sure you spend this week wisely.

Head over to the MOO contest page to vote for your favorite entries.

Happy voting!

The Scavenger Hunt Challenge:

  • Search moo.com for your favorite items.
  • Create A Color Palette out of your favorites
  • Post it as a comment!
We will choose one winner who will receive a $25 gift card to moo.com
Here is an example to get you started:

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Happy Scavenger Hunting!

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Stitched Paper Trends

Stitched Paper Trends


The number of things you can do with paper never ceases to amaze me. Stitching stationary is a new favorite that people have begun to get awfully creative with.

Today's article is presented by the printing services company, Next Day Flyers.

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Stitching stationary is one thing, but stitching ruffles, garlands and fabric is a whole other. These sweet cards definitely take more time, but I think it definitely makes the cards look so much better.


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Stitched holes like the "hello" card are so fun.


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Weddings are another time I see a lot of stitched paper. From favors to invitations there are tons of different things you can do with thread and paper.


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Of course stitching is a fabulous way to get festive for a birthday or holiday. Stitched wrapping paper looks amazing. The balloon garden is a great way to make a party more festive (you can use any shapes and have stitched garlands for any occasion.)


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Here is a tutorial on how to stitch on paper and make it look like the photo below.


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If you are familiar with sewing, you might get the hang of stitching on paper faster, but it definitely isn't as easy as it looks. Since the paper is stiff, it doesn't give like fabric gives. With anything, the more you do it the better you will be at it.

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