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Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience

Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience


Philips Ambilight Series of TVs extend the colors of video outside of the screen to create an ambiance that heightens the viewing experience... and they are now releasing their latest creation, Aurea. The new 42" Aurea doesn't just extended the colors onto the wall behind the TV anymore, it extends the color out of the back, front and sides.

Four trillion colours processing
Vibrant and natural images from most advanced colour processing. The three colour channels (RGB) are optimised using 14 bit resolution, a total processing power of four trillion colours. It produces vibrant colours while retaining excellent sharpness. The advanced algorithms detect subtle colour shades and skin tones, and processes these to give most natural colours.


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MOO: Stickers and Cards for COLOURlovers

MOO: Stickers and Cards for COLOURlovers


We've been wanting to work with MOO.com for a long time and we're now fully plugged into their new product platform. MOO makes wonderful personal calling cards, notecards and even stickers that are high quality and dead sexy... and now you can get your MOO cards with COLOURlovers palettes on them.

We chose the top 10 palettes from the last year to provide to Moo for their new ReadyMade store. We hope to continue to add more options to MOO and hopefully someday even make every palette on the COLOURlovers available.

 

ReadyMade Designer packs

Choose the MOO product you like, before you personalize it! The images below show some of the designs available in each pack. There are 16 different designs in each NoteCard pack, and up to 50 different designs per 100 pack of MiniCards.

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Colorful Glass Art by Dale Chihuly

Colorful Glass Art by Dale Chihuly


Glass-blowing is an art form that I would consider to be the most complex in the sculpting world. Between the need for extreme temperatures and careful technique, it seems beyond me how such wonderful things can be created by glass-working artists, especially because it almost entirely has to be done while the glass is molten hot.

But what can come out of that heat is incredibly beautiful. From paperweights to landscape art, glass is a world of all shapes -- and colours. Considered the greatest living master of glass-working, Dale Chihuly's glass creations show us just that. From warm yellow and bold reds to oceanic teals and deep sky blues, the spectrum of his work is boundless. Looking at Chihuly's collection of Basket creations and Seaforms is enough to show us his extensive colour palette, while his work plays at the pre-conceived notions we have of what glass is.

seafoam-coloured chihuly glass basket

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Vibrant Colors and Adventure with the Octonauts

Vibrant Colors and Adventure with the Octonauts


A crew of eight crosses the line between Hello Kitty's cuteness and the sojourns of Star Trek. Together, they travel the ocean searching for fun and adventure. These talented eight -- including a valiant polar bear, daredevil kitten, and big-hearted penguin -- eagerly meeting the excitement they find outside of their undersea base, the Octopod.

octonauts preview - octonauts & the only lonely sea monster

They are the Octonauts, and they live in a vibrantly coloured and illustrated world created by the illustration and design team MEOMI, bringing vivid colours to imaginative stories.

MEOMI is ...

... Vicki Wong (Vancouver) and Michael Murphy (LA). They have been featured illustration and design books, while their characters have found homes all over the world on clothing, merchandise, toys, and magazines. Meomi has been a creative force for Fisher-Price/Mattel, Electronic Arts, Google, Time Out Magazine, Bang-on Clothing, and CBC4Kids.

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Contagious Color Love: Stuffed GIANTmicrobes

Contagious Color Love: Stuffed GIANTmicrobes


We've all had them before ... The Flu, The Common Cold, a Stomach Ache, Sore Throat, Ear Ache ... but Mange? Salmonella? Who wants that? I do. In fact, I've had the Common Cold for three years. Thanks to GIANTmicrobes, you can catch these little buggers and be glad of it, too.

Even If You Don't Have Insurance ...

GIANTmicrobes is a company that has created a number of stuffed representations of actual microbes at a million times their actual size. The stuffed microbes range in colour (anywhere that's soft on the spectrum) and appearance, from simple balls to oblong and fringe-covered, but they all have that puppy-dog-eyed charm. They make for a fun gift to anyone with a sense of humor and can even be used as tools for parents or educators. Imagine -- little Timmy comes home from school, "What did you do at school today?" "We played 'Catch the Common Cold!'"

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Not Only White: Customizable Wardrobe by Lago

Not Only White: Customizable Wardrobe by Lago


Italian art director Daniele Lago has created some wonderful designs for the current Lago collection. One product I find particularly great is the N.O.W. Customizable Wardrobe, with the ability to create any number of color palette designs... it makes the COLOURlover inside me giddy.

It is characterized by an innovative approach to color and a system that is so flexible and versatile that it matches the exact measurements of any desire. It is not a simple modular system, but a product that achieves a perfect fit between the visualized dream and the realized solution.

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For the Record: Adobe Kuler vs COLOURlovers

For the Record: Adobe Kuler vs COLOURlovers


I get emails, instant messages and love notes pretty often asking if I've seen Adobe Kuler and if I'm upset about it... So here is my opinion on the matter.

Back in Nov. of last year Adobe Labs launched Kuler: A 5 color palette creation tool, built around rating, tagging, commenting and sharing the palettes. Craftzine gushed, "Not only can you create your own palettes, you can get inspired by the popular color combinations already uploaded by other users. Genius!"

I take the last word in that sentence with pride. The idea is genius... I should know, I created it 2 years earlier when I built COLOURlovers.

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Ultimate HTML Color HEX Code List

Ultimate HTML Color HEX Code List


HTML 3.2 specifications identified sixteen colors that can be used by name to define color in HTML and CSS. But don't worry you can use more than sixteen colors in HTML... you'll just need to know the six character HEX values and we've listed pretty much all of the ones you'll need on one page.

 

Standard 16 Named Color Codes

 Black or 000000 Gray or 808080 Silver or C0C0C0 White or FFFFFF
 Navy or 000080 Blue or 0000FF Teal or 008080 Aqua or 00FFFF
 Purple or 800080 Maroon or 800000 Red or FF0000 Fuschia or FF00FF
 Green or 008000 Lime or 00FF00 Olive or 808000 Yellow or FFFF00
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