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Vintage Color & Design: Retrofuture Illustrations

Vintage Color & Design: Retrofuture Illustrations


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.


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The Colors of Studio On Fire

The Colors of Studio On Fire


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.

I was fortunate enough, along with the rest of The Post Family, to tour their workspace and talk to them about their work. You can see some photos of Studio On Fire and read the interview here.

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Vintage Color & Design: Nuevo Mundo

Vintage Color & Design: Nuevo Mundo


*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.

This wonderful collection comes to us from flickr user juanjoseixas. Thanks for sharing.


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Color Inspiration: Paul Thurlby's Alphabet Series

Color Inspiration: Paul Thurlby's Alphabet Series


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.


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Eclectic Color Roundup

Eclectic Color Roundup


Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.

Web

Google Color Image Search

Unofficial Google blog

A helpful little tip from the Unofficial Google blog.

Google Image Search has a new option that lets you restrict the results based on their color. For now, the option is not available in the user interface, but you can tweak the search results URL to try it: http://images.google.com/images?q=bird&imgcolor=red

Textiles

Karim Rashid

Karim RashidC & C milano

Karim rashid has designed the design art collection of fabrics for italian company C & C milano. The company is known for producing innovative textiles and hand made items. - designboom

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The Colors of Film The Blanks

The Colors of Film The Blanks


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."

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Photo Freak: Photos Inspired By Color

Photo Freak: Photos Inspired By Color


"People make palettes, I find photos." That's the simple idea CL member Aaris had that started the wonderful Photo Freak Series. The series is just that, she takes the palettes she likes or that are submitted to her and fits them to photos on flickr. Here are some of the great matchups she's made so far. Make sure to check up on the site to see the frequent updates to the series.

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Vintage Color & Design: Mid-20th c. Euro Poster Art

Vintage Color & Design: Mid-20th c. Euro Poster Art


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

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The Colors Of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

The Colors Of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz


The classic story and illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are a testament to the talent and imagination of both L. Frank Baum and W.W. Denslow. Their use of color helped shape the tale of Dorothy, the Tin Woodmen, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion along with all the other characters in the land of Oz.

The regions have a color schema: blue for Munchkins, yellow for Winkies, red for Quadlings, green for the Emerald city, and (in works after the first) purple for the Gillikins, which region was also not named in the first book.(This contrasts with Kansas; Baum, describing it, used "gray" nine times in four paragraphs.)

Map of OZ

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this is merely the favorite color, used for clothing and other man-made objects, and having some influence on their choice of crops, but the basic colors of the world are natural colors. The effect is less consistent in later works. In The Marvelous Land of Oz, the book states that everything in the land of the Gillikins is purple, including the plants and mud, and a character can see that he is leaving when the grass turns from purple to green, but it also describes pumpkins as orange and corn as green in that land. Baum, indeed, never used the color schema consistently; in many books, he alluded to the colors to orient the characters and readers to their location, and then did not refer to it again. His most common technique was to depict the man-made articles and flowers as the color of the country, leaving leaves, grass, and fruit their natural colors.

Colors of Oz

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Ecclectic Color Roundup

Ecclectic Color Roundup


Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.

Art

'Happy Cloud' by Stuart Semple

Stuart Semple

"‘I (Stuart Semple) just wanted to make a piece of work that would cheer people up a bit.’ he continued saying, ‘I know at times like this it's easy to make creativity a low priority but i want to show that on a very human level an artistic idea might be able to do something important even for a fleeting moment.’ the piece was created using helium, soap and vegetable dye. semple release one pink-tinged cloud every 7 seconds, with each lasting only 30 minutes. 2057 completely biodegradable clouds were released in total." - designboom.

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