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As suggested by ycc2106, Highwireart & elibby, in the comments of our last fine set of new seamless patterns, and liddle_r in the forum post August 2010: Fabulous pattern discoveries, here are (only) some of the great recent patterns coming out of Seamless.
For some more original patterns follow along and post your own in the forum thread Original Pattern Designs! started by ManiacPlz or follow the real-time fun by browsing the most recent patterns to watch for those new designs popping up periodically amongst the always dazzling color variations of the already created patterns.
We recently came across the inspiring work of Megan Geckler, and ycc2106's Seamless interpretation of I can tell you how this ends, 2007, it's fantastic, and what's even more fantastic is the group Interpretation Fun focused on that very exercise of interpreting inspiring photos into new patterns.
Original Pattern By: ycc2106
I know we mentioned Megan's recent installation "Every step you take, every move you make” (on display through October 31, 2010 at PMCA) not too long ago, but I'm pretty taken back by her site inspired flagging tape color freak outs. It may be a condition that could be cured by experiencing first hand one of these, what I presume to be, nearly overwhelming (in the best kind of way) installations, but until that day comes for me I encourage all of you to check her work out. So here's a little dose of color inspiration from her portfolio and some pattern's from the library that can help you cope with any tension developed by not being able to witness the work of Megan Geckler.
Megan Geckler's (@dummytown) site-specific architectural installations are assembled from thousands of strands of flagging tape, a colorful plastic ribbon utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites. This anonymous material is located on the periphery of our everyday life,
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.
We love sharing just about as much as we love color, here at COLOURlovers. While we mostly share things about color, that's certainly not all. Everyday the community goes on about its business with people giving each other tips about which color works best or what their latest inspiration is, but other discussions appear all the time, like the basis of today's post, a discussion on animation (a good way to find out what everyone is up to is to check out the latest topics in the forum). I was thrilled to see this topic, which is really more of an ongoing curation of animation titles and links lead by liddle_r. I encourage everyone to check out the thread to see all the recommendations and on add your own favorites. Here are a few of mine:
Dots by Norman McLaren (1940)
Hand drawn sounds. Process video.
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.
The 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 ask people to name colors long enough, they go totally crazy.
- “Puke” and “vomit” are totally real colors.
- Colorblind people are more likely than non-colorblind people to type “fuck this” (or some variant) and quit in frustration.
- Indigo was totally just added to the rainbow so it would have 7 colors and make that “ROY G. BIV” acronym work, just like you always suspected. It should really be ROY GBP, with maybe a C or T thrown in there between G and B depending on how the spectrum was converted to RGB.
- A couple dozen people embedded SQL ‘drop table’ statements in the color names. Nice try, kids.
- Nobody can spell “fuchsia”.
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.
Eclectic Color Roundup: World Cup iPhone Cases, Palette Bookmarklet, Wallpaper Lovin' Bees & Body Sails
World Cup Collection From Uncommon
The collection has all 32 qualifying team flags and four general soccer designs. Uncommon will be knocking teams out of the collection as they are knocked out of the tournament. So once your team is out, the flag case is gone.
Bookmarklet For Palette/Pattern Browser
ycc2106 made a great bookmarklet for the palette/pattern browser a little while back. If you select a username with your cursor and click the bookmarklet it'll take you to the browser with that user's stuff. If you don't have anything selected it opens a window to enter the username. Super handy.
With permission, cuttlefish is hosting it now. Just drag the links into your bookmarks bar to use it.
Bees Use Flower Petals For Colorful Nest Wallpaper
When we think of bee nests, we often think of a giant hive, buzzing with social activity, worker bees and honey. But scientists recently discovered a rare, solitary type of bee that makes tiny nests by plastering together flower petals. - Continue Reading
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.