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A monochromatic color palette in a large scale piece of art or inside a home can be tricky to pull off without feeling oppressive or too blah. But lately I've been seeing more installations with interesting objects that are of a similar hue and I just cannot get enough of them. I think they work particularly well as a standalone collage or as a display focal point in a room. Here's some of my inspiring finds.
Jude Stewart is author of Colorswatch a twice-monthly blog about color for Print Magazine. She has written on design and culture for Slate, The Believer, I.D., Metropolis, and GOOD, as well as a column on color for STEP Inside Design. Read on at www.judestewart.com or check out her tweets about color at twitter.com/joodstew. Read the original post here.
Every once in a while, an unbelievably specific color gains momentum in current graphic design trends. Even more rarely, that color reveals itself to be incredibly versatile. Case in point: the new hot color, a flaming orange-pink.
Because my husband and I are clearly insane, we painted our dining room walls five different times in different custom-mixed shades in order to get the tricky balance between a saturated orange and bold pink that has been used eloquently by several of Print’s New Visual Artists this year:
A far cry from that snazzy Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper you had as a kid, and definitely not some boring faux-leather ledger, these beautiful sketchbooks, notebooks and office supplies deliver color in a surprising way. Definitely gets me excited to start a new project!
Here's a little color love for Eric Tabuchi's 'Alphabet Truck' a project that gives us a look at the design and typography found on trucks, one of our most widely seen forms of distribution. The photos were taken over a period of four years while traveling several thousands of kilometers.
"The missing link between 'The backs of trucks passed while driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara' by john Baldessari and 'Auchen, the letters of Claude Closky', Eric Tabuchi pushes the burlesque or compulsive logic of his piece in an almost derisory search for what could constitute its Danish and Japanese origins. Through language (Alphabet) and displacement (Trucks), Alphabet Truck therefore questions, beyond its formal aspects and references, the notions of membership, identity and coeducation."
Graphis, The International Journal of Visual Communication, was first published in 1944 by Dr. Walter Amstutz and Walter Herdeg in Zurich, Switzerland. Graphis presented the work of fine artists and illustrators, as well as highlighting the formative years of graphic design as we know it today. Advertising and photography were also featured, and Walter selectively chose what he felt to be the best talent of the time. In 1966, he introduced the Graphis Photo Annual, followed in 1973 by the Graphis Poster Annual. In 2004, the magazine was discontinued after Issue #355 due to a lack of profitability. Graphis is pleased to now announce the development of its new website, complete with Archives of award-winning work from the Annuals, digital versions of the past Magazines, and the introduction of the new Journal.
Reflecting the classical movements of impressionism, abstract expressionism and surrealism these photographers use their eye for texture and color layers to create brush strokes with the lens.
"A shift in traditional photographic approaches, intuitively borrowing a page from the Impressionist masters. Simply put, "I think I'm just a painter trapped in a photographer's body", says Paul of this new work." - Prague Daily Monitor
When using only simple geometric forms subjects are abstracted and artists give special attention to color, as color becomes much of the subject itself.
A current exhibition in Chicago, Let There Be Geo, focuses on visual artists who use geometric form in their work. Here is a look at the work of some of those artists. Plus, some recent patterns from Seamless.
"In its pages, AZURE profiles international designers and architects, reports on major trade fairs in North America and Europe and investigates design issues related to our changing society. Presenting and exploring innovative projects, materials, products and ideas, AZURE is an indispensable resource for architects, designers and the design-savvy public."
Tomer Hanuka, a New York City based illustrator and cartoonist, recently created some attractive looking color compositions for Australian wine maker Wine by Some Young Punks. The labels were just a taste of Tomer's color recipes, as I discovered his entire portfolio was filled with rich, emotionally drawing palettes and strong contrasts.
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