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The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies

The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies


Ah the holidays. A time for friends, family, and traditions. In my family, we watch westerns on Christmas. Don't ask me why. I know friends that look forward to their annual A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. And then there are others that prefer to have John McClane over for a little mayhem around the holidays.

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Whatever your preference, it's that wonderful time of year when you get to revisit your favorite movies with the people that you love. Join us as we take a look at some of the popular holiday films and their colors.

Elf (2003)

A delightful little film, Elf hearkens back to the old Christmas special claymations in just about every way, right down to the retro color scheme.

Elf

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Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket

Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket


We sure do love it when people do cool things using the COLOURlovers API. The latest awesome creation to hit your iDevice is an app called Seamless.

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This delightful new app uses the Creative Commons wallpapers from the COLOURlovers community, giving you access to over 3 million wallpapers, right in your pocket. They've been adapted specifically for your device and presented beautifully within a delicate and detailed design. Just take a look at the lovely UI:

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Creative, Colourful Landing Pages

Creative, Colourful Landing Pages


This guest post is written by Alex Black. Alex writes for printing company Print Express. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic and web design and works on his Photoshop skills. You can follow him on Twitter at @iamalexblack.

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As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. When you’re marketing a product or service, if your landing page doesn’t make a great first impression then it’s unlikely that visitors will return, much less use your product. Good landing pages show off the product, sell it’s benefits and do a good job of leaving the visitor with the impression that it’s well designed. Great landing pages, on the other hand, do all this and also stick in your memory – they stand out and are remarkable.

Of course, this is much easier said than done – how do you create a landing page that’s remarkable, and memorable while still being beautifully designed instead of garish? One of the ways in which you can do this is to focus on creating a tastefully bright, vibrant and colourful design. Use a bold, daring colour palette – or use subtle, muted colours but with bright, impossible-to-miss contrasts on the buttons you want users to click (like the “sign up” or “try the demo” buttons).

The use of colour in landing pages is an art form in itself, and we’ve brought this collection of designs together to help give you some inspiration for your next landing page project. We hope you find the collection useful and entertaining.

Viximo

Viximo is a company that works with developers to get their games published online. The landing page stands out instantly by using big, bold illustration and the muted colour palette grabs attention without being too garish.

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A Tasty Goodnight: After Dinner Sips & Sweets

A Tasty Goodnight: After Dinner Sips & Sweets


The grand finale of our virtual dinner party is here! True hospitality rarely ceases at dessert; it extends into small sips and bites that leave guests feeling calm, content, and pleasantly plump. The colorful juxtaposition of a warm, glowing digestif and the light palate cleansers of pastelled sorbets has the potential to create an incredible canvas of color.

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Seasonal fruits, like juicy orange mangos, ruby red raspberries, and deep yellow pineapples, can add a flavorful collage for the cherry on top of your meal (literally). And finally, a soothing peppermint tea or bittersweet milky cappuccino keep the cheerful dinner table conversation going.

Let the après-dinner conclude your evening as a soft, sweet goodnight, but not a goodbye--the beauty of feasts is that we can delight in them time after time.

Thanks for taking the time to indulge with us. Until we meet again, à bientôt!

Cheese Plate

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Mapping the Colour Narratives of Movies

Mapping the Colour Narratives of Movies


Previously on this blog we've seen a pretty cool visualization of the history of colour in movie posters. Today we bring you another awesome visualization, but this time from a different angle.

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Spotmaps is an on-going project to map the colour narratives of various films. Based on Brendan Dawes' Cinema Redux, each frame's colour is sampled and a spot of average colour is produced from the combination of one second's frames. The visualizations span from films dating back to 1923 through present day and they already have quite the collection to explore.

Here were some of our colourful favorites from the database.

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Decadent Desserts: Sweet Treats from Around the World

Decadent Desserts: Sweet Treats from Around the World


A bright bowl of fresh-picked summer berries. The rich, dark stream of molten chocolate from a lava cake. The delicate colors from the creamy base to the caramelized top of a Crème brûlée. Desserts around the world never cease to amaze us here at Forkly--the detail, the depth in colors, the genius and creativity that come to life. When dessert arrives, the table falls silent, guests gasp at the beauty in unison, and with mouths watering, they prepare for that first bite of sweetness to balance out the savory feast before it.

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Enjoy the third course of our virtual dinner party (check out Exquisite Entrees and Colorful First Courses if you missed them) and enjoy every moment of the next decadent dessert you taste!

Chocolate Bomb

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Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham

Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham


Howdy COLOURlovers! Do you remember that GelaSkins Design Contest we had back in December? Well we've got some exciting news. The winner of that contest, Adriana Markham (you know her as dazzlement), has officially been added as the newest GelaSkins artist and we'd like you to join us in wishing her a big congratulations!

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Adriana joined COLOURlovers back in 2011 and fell in love with making pattern templates. You really get a sense of her skill and her passion in her winning entry from contest, Colour Love. We really love it when talented community members get recognition for their work and what's even cooler is you can now buy Adriana's great patterns and sport them on your very own iPhone, Kindle, iPad, or whatever your device of choice may be.

In addition to the contest winner, you can also choose from two of her other designs. Just check out the kaleidoscopic goodness from her GelaSkins portfolio.

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Design Blogs to Follow in 2013 [Infographic]

Design Blogs to Follow in 2013 [Infographic]


With the vast number of design blogs out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to follow. You may think you can subscribe to them all, but soon you'll crumble under the pressure of that 1000+ staring you in the face.

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Well the folks at Coupon Audit have made things a little easier by putting together a handy infographic listing the top 100 design blogs to follow in 2013. It's pretty awesome to see COLOURlovers on the list with so many other fantastic blogs. Check out the graphic and hopefully you'll discover some great new design resources.

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Exquisite Entrees: Colors from the Earth to the Sea

Exquisite Entrees: Colors from the Earth to the Sea


Incredible how creatures of the sea can camouflage themselves in the depths but captivate us with their vibrant colors when paired with earthy vegetables, legumes, and grains. For your second course (here's the first, if you missed it!), we've decided to highlight this lovely balance of earth and sea.

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We’ve included two dishes from avid Forkly-ers, Chef Rodrigo De La Calle of Aranjuez, Spain and Chef Alessandro Ricciardi of Florence, Italy. Chef De La Calle’s creations focus on “Gastrobotánica,” a new wave of cooking that emphasizes the use of uncommon plant species for delicate, artistic dishes. Chef Ricciardi works with flour and natural yeast concentrating on impastazione, or, “making the dough” into beautifully textured dishes with contrasting reds, purples, greens, and such, depending on the ingredients of the season.

As is our reaction to many of the chefs and food enthusiasts on Forkly, we wish we could hop on a plane just to try a bite!

Pulpo Y Lentejas

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Amazing Fractal Patterns Found in Nature

Amazing Fractal Patterns Found in Nature


Put simply, a fractal is a never-ending pattern. Put not-so-simply, a fractal pattern is a "geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry." From rivers to trees to mountains, nature is full of fractals, making these amazing patterns both complex and familiar at the same time.

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With tools like Google Earth at our fingertips, people like Paul Bourke, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, have put cool websites together like this one, featuring some of the most stunning aerial shots of Earth's landscapes that you'll find on the internet. With the help of other geographical enthusiasts, Bourke has a pretty extensive collection of fractals from all over the world. We selected some of our colorful favorites to share with you guys.

Algeria

Algeria

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