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Historically interesting and well designed letterheads collected on Leterheady make up today's color inspiration. Leterheady was started by Shaun Usher, and is an "online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, at Letterheady they don't care about the letter's content. Just its design."
A young company "driven by their passion for travel and software," Explorra is a travel site that offers a range of travel inspiration tools, social features, a full service API for developers, and a Travel by Color tool.
Pick your favorite color, or take your chances with a random selection, and if you need more color inspiration to narrow down the hue for your next holiday check out 1000 (Colorful) Places to see Before you Die or these travel and location inspired COLOURlovers groups: Location Location Location, Travel & Around the World.
The Color Strata was created by Weather Sealed. Weather Sealed (whose informative work has been mentioned here once before) is Steven Von Worley who "finds inspiration at the fringes of art, science, photography, and life" and turns it into "quality over quantity, original content, and the occasional chuckle." See it all here. The Color Strata is based on data from XKCD color survey.
The self described "incorrigible data hound" Von over at Weather Sealed who like all good hounds for interesting information keeps his nose up for new work by XKCD, another person (Randall Munroe) of the interesting sorts, who has a hilarious archive of "romance, sarcasm, math and language" comics, and a knack for research. Recently XKCD released the findings from his color study.
Here's a snippet from the color study results page:
Thank you so much for all the help on the color survey. Over five million colors were named across 222,500 user sessions. If you never got around to taking it, it’s too late to contribute any data, but if you want you can see how it worked and take it for fun here.
First, a few basic discoveries:
If you're looking for some vintage color inspiration, or a little from the unusual category, check out the progress of Lisa Congdon and her project, A Collection a Day. Today is only day 155 so we still have plenty look forward from the 365 day project.
From her collection page:
This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.
My love for bikes of all kinds has been documented well on my other blog, so of course I was excited when I introduced to Scraper Bikes via this amazing short documentary, Scrapertown:
Coming out of Oakland, CA the Scraper Bike kids trick out their bikes in rainbows of color with cardboard, tinfoil, spray paint, and found objects. Two years ago they became a YouTube phenomenon and since then, they've continued to expand, and are still trying to green up Oakland, keep kids in school, and keep them busy with their bikes so they're staying out of trouble. It's such a great grassroots advocacy for safety on the streets.
You shall never lack for an interesting backdrop on your computer, thanks to Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Noir. I've long been a fan of Bobby's blog and his Desktop Wallpaper Project is no exception. It completely elevates the idea of a computer background into art, and every week features another awesome illustrator or designer. Bobby's been at this awhile so there is a decent archive of work to pick through as well. Seriously, dude brought in some big guns here. Here's a few of my favorites.
It may not be a new idea, among our chromatically-inclined kind, to conjure up a film-inspired color palette or two. But I especially dig the totally awesome pairing of film still photography + their color palettes. It is the peanuts and the M&Ms (sorry chocolate purists).
This totally awesome website, i love hotdogs, is a boon for such stills. And also very handy for updating the netflix queue as well! Mostly cult or independent films from 1940s-1990s, there are lots of images from each of the movies. I picked some neat ones from the various eras and threw in a couple of my own. If you're looking for more inspiration or want to share some of your own fav's check out these movie related groups: Moving Pictures, Movie Themed Group, Movies, Stage and Screen, Cinema! & This is my favorite movie!!
Seeing more and more interesting typography on the web lately is like a huge breath of fresh air, and thankfully it's an area going through rapid evolvement. I'm so used to the same old typefaces everywhere that even a little bit of departure can make such a stand-out difference. There's several ways to make use of dynamic text replacement (read more about the various ways to do it here) and while I haven't attempted it myself yet, I'm definitely curious if anyone has and what their experience has been. In the meantime, check out some of my favorite sites that use font-integration. A lot of these came from The Design Cubicle and siteInspire so head over there for even more web design inspiration.
Isn't it funny to reminisce about the infancy of the internet? Sure you could say we're still in toddler-hood, but way back when in aught-2, Flash dominated the web and your junk mail consisted of AOL coasters startup CDs...Man, those were the days.
2002-2003 was right about the time when I started job hunting which meant clicking through one graphic design firm's website after another, twiddling my thumbs watching delicately crafted pre-loaders process while the bulky Flash site loaded behind them. And finally once "inside" the site, having to process and absorb yet another almost completely obtuse navigation. I even taught myself the program and churned out a couple entirely-Flash sites early in my career which, needless to say, were practically outdated before they launched.
Even as Flash is going the way of the Dodo, there are the occasional websites that demonstrate a modern take on all those bells and whistles that were more prevalent in the heydays of the big F. I like to call them "storybook sites" because there's a certain flow or narrative that takes you through the content without feeling intrusive or letting you get lost.
Here's a handful of examples.
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