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Advanced Beauty is an ongoing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects to create audio-reactive ‘video sound sculptures’ using the visual programming language Processing, high-end audio analysis and fluid dynamic simulations alongside intuitive responses in traditional cell animation.
The first series of films were inspired by the neurological phenomenon of Sound → color synesthesia, a condition where an individual will perceive colors based on different tonal qualities of music. Each artist was given the same set of parameters to work within. What they come up, you'll need to see for yourself, or imagine yourself the next time your listening to music, and maybe you will see colorful imagery like blobs of blue throbbing with the powerful bass as a golden melody of violins cascades over top and sharp red horn lines interject high punctuating notes.
Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.
The first collection is a series of audio-reactive 'video sound sculptures'. Inspired by Synesthesia, the rare, sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.
Our good friends over at envato are organizing the second annual Blog Action Day. Last year's topic of the environment reached millions of readers through more than 20,000 blogs... We're hoping this year's topic of poverty will reach even more. The idea is simple. Organize as many people on a single day to focus on one topic... be the change we wish to see in the world.
The actual Blog Action Day isn't until October 15th, but we wanted to let you know about it now so you had as much time as possible to support and spread the word.
Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.
From August 15th to October 15th bloggers are asked to register to participate so we can track how many are involved, as well as their approximate audience size.
On October 15th the bloggers post on the issue and/or donate their day’s ad revenue to a charity involved in that area. We ask bloggers to try to keep their posting related to their regular blog topic so that posts are individual, suited to the audience and look at the issue in many different lights.
Learn more and register your blog at www.BlogActionDay.org
"thisissand.com is a website for play. It changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand that can be used as building material for cosmic landscapes, Clemens-style sand paintings, mandalas and so on."
A joint project by the designers Johanna Lundberg and Jenna Sutela with the Flash programmer Timo Koro, who wanted to create a playground of colors and sound for people to play with them in their sandbox.
To find out a little bit more about their site I sat down with Jenna, Johanna and Timo, turned over an hourglass, and had a chat about things:
COLOURlovers: What inspired you to create This Is Sand?
thisissand.com: The project is a result of a lengthy discussion. We started off with making an animation out of visually interesting computer glitches and related sounds. In the process, we were referring to the computer as a sandbox - a place where you play with given matter, using your imagination to mold it in infinite ways. Just like that, we actually started moving towards to what thisissand.com is today.
CL: What do you do when you are not playing with sand?
thisissand.com: Graphic design, Flash programming, writing and concept design.
That's it. One color per day.
COLOURlovers: What is Hexday, and what was the inspiration behind it?
Jon Sykes: Hexday is "a social experiment in color picks" I guess that's what I'd say. It's hard to say really. It's evolving. Originally it was probably more of a test web app. I was just starting to use CakePHP (which is awesome by the way) for my personal project web apps, and I came up with an idea that if you allowed people to pick 1 color and only 1 color every day, what would they pick. So I built a web app around the idea. We had a spurt of traffic when we first launched, then it slowed down (for a few months it was me and 1 or 2 real regulars that were the only posters), it seems to be having a resurgence now which is great and has encouraged me to spend more time in my evenings working on features. I'm constantly struggling with the natural instinct that I need to make the volume higher - sites that do well allow users to keep adding content. Hexday, apart from the sampler, you get to interact with the site once a day. That's it. It's really tough to keep people interested when they might only hit a sites once or twice a day. But deep down, I know I shouldn't change that.
If I allowed people to pick as many colors as they wanted, the whole reason for the site would be gone, it's that forced single choice that hopefully makes people think before they post. If you want to pick endless colors or create palettes there are sites for that, you guys being top of my list, but there are a few others as well. That's not my market. Eventually I want to make it that people can use the color they pick. I have a few users who use the color they pick each day in their own web sites (as a heading color or a background color), I exposed picks as CSS so they could do this. It's small enough that I'm very open to requests at the moment.
CL: Hi, how are you today?
Jon: I'm doing very well indeed David, I hope you're doing well too. It's 5,52pm and I'll be leaving work any second for a long weekend of sitting on the beach.
CL: Other than picking a color everyday, how do you spend your time?
Jon: I'm a husband and father of 1, my business card says I'm a "Senior UI Architect" which means I spend most of my days helping people build the front ends for their web apps, helping to direct, influence and eventually provide the means that users can interact with their online apps. I work at a great company called Media Hive. We're a small agency in vibrant Red Bank, NJ.
Polyvore is a member based web application that allows its users to sort through uploaded images or those grabbed from around the web, to create collages for inspiration and to share with others.
The site's main focus is fashion, but also includes interiors and whatever else people can come up with. Filter through the images by garment or accessory type, brand and color. With the color sorter it would seemingly make it very easy to put together the perfect outfit palette, making it a useful tool for any color lover.
Polyvore was founded by ex-Yahoo executive Pasha Sadri. While branded as fun creative collage site that makes use of the infinite amounts of content available on the web, Polyvore also allows its users to shop the products that they use in their collages. Click on any item, and a product description will appear along with the original link where the item can be found.
The direct engagement of real products and brands with its users is some what of a dream for marketers, as the model is basically user-generated advertising.
In the U.S. 7% of the male population – or about 10.5 million men – and 0.4% of the female population either cannot distinguish red from green, or see red and green differently. Color blindness affects a significant amount of the population, and it is even more prevalent in more isolated populations with a smaller gene pools. It is mostly a genetic condition, though it can be caused by eye, nerve, or brain damage, or due to exposure to certain chemicals.
For those of us who see colors just fine, it is hard to imagine what those with color blindness are seeing. Luckily humans are smart and have created technology like the Color Blind Web Page Filter.
The Color Blind Web Page Filter, which was used in this post to demonstrate the different types of colorblindness, allows you to view what a site looks like to people with each type of color blindness. Here are a few examples from some popular websites.
Some would say we all see art in our own unique way... that would be especially true for the color blind. Here are a couple examples of some of the most iconic paintings as seen by the color blind.
Using the filter we'll take a look at the current most popular palette, July, and how it is seen by those with different types of color blindness.
The normal human retina contains two kinds of light cells: the rod cells (active in low light) and the cone cells (active in normal daylight). Normally, there are three kinds of cones, each containing a different pigment. The cones are activated when the pigments absorb light. The absorption spectra of the cones differ; one is maximally sensitive to short wavelengths, one to medium wavelengths, and the third to long wavelengths (their peak sensitivities are in the blue, yellowish-green, and yellow regions of the spectrum, respectively). The absorption spectra of all three systems cover much of the visible spectrum, so it is not entirely accurate to refer to them as "blue", "green" and "red" receptors, especially because the "red" receptor actually has its peak sensitivity in the yellow. The sensitivity of normal color vision actually depends on the overlap between the absorption spectra of the three systems: different colors are recognized when the different types of cone are stimulated to different extents. Red light, for example, stimulates the long wavelength cones much more than either of the others, and reducing wavelength causes the other two cone systems to be increasingly stimulated, causing a gradual change in hue. Many of the genes involved in color vision are on the X chromosome, making color blindness more common in males than in females.
Idée Labs has created a useful set of online image search tools, including a multicolor search that allows you to filter images using a palette of up to ten colors. Using a spectrum color selector, you can pick the colors you are looking for and it will return only photos that contain those colors.
With the Multicolr Search Lab you are able to search up to ten different colors from a palette of 120 different shades. The search will filter through three million 'interesting' flickr photos or three million Alamy stock photos.
Many of you here in the community are quite familiar with the color tools available on COLOURlovers (if you're new to the site a good place to start is the FAQ), but what about other helpful color tools that might exist somewhere on the internet. Well, here are two such tools: 'Name That Color' and 'Color Name & Hue', that I came across recently; one for color vocabulary and identification, the other, a helpful tool for those who are colorblind.
'Name That Color' is a helpful little site created by a dude with other dudes in mind, but it most certainly will also help those of the female variety.
For those of us who can't exactly remember, or who never knew, what color Danube is, and others who just want to expand their color vocabulary, so instead of red you can use Monza, even though it is totally just Red, might want to check it out.
Simply create a color manually or enter the Hex code to reveal what you mistakenly took for Mojo, when it was, in fact, Mule Fawn.
The database was created from names found on Wikipedia, Crayola, and the Resene Color-Name Dictionary. It's probably good that he didn't try to use the COLOURlovers library of color names. Besides what an interminable task it would be, he would probably have more than a few colors with the same name, but that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, or, all the colors would be named 'love.' And while I personally prefer to make up color names on-the-fly, like the Suddlepup shirt I'm currently wearing, it might be nice to be able to narrow it down to around Burnt Sienna if, god forbid, you had to discus color with your designer or decorator over the phone.
Etsy is a crafter's dream -- basically a storefront for anyone who creates handmade items. You can find everything from great jewelry to one of a kind gifts. Navigating a site like Etsy doesn't work quite the same way as an auction site like Ebay does. It tends to be the type of site that one enjoys browsing to see all the varied creations people have brought to life, yet you still need some sort of efficiency behind the scenes in order to keep it from becoming tedious. Thanks to Etsy's color sorting search feature, visitors have a unique and aesthetically pleasing way to browse their site.
Fleur De Lis soap, sold by Lissakp
While traditional site searching methods are available, you can tell Etsy has a thing for color the moment you see the homepage of their site. The "hand-picked" items feature has often caught my eye with a vivid color story, and I find myself clicking beautiful baubles and creatively made toys I certainly don't need (but thanks to the way they are presented, I sure do want to buy).
Green Strawberry OogaBooga plush toy, sold by MyLittleOogaBooga
Searching by color is simple and well-presented on Etsy. You simply click "Colors" under 'Ways to Shop" on the front page, and you are presented with a color bar that you can click anywhere. Once you do, the site will produce thumbnails of ten items in the color that you chose. If you want to see more, you simply click a button and more appear. If you want to see a different color (or a slight variation of the color you chose), all it requires is another click on the color bar and a host of new items appear. It's easy as can be to waste a ton of time browsing the site in this way, not to mention you can find countless treasures.
We thought we would take a look at some of the best designed color compositions from across the web. Organized by base color, we searched through the CSS galleries over at Design Meltdown and CSS drive to find some websites whose color palettes we think are great.