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Whet Your Appetite: Colorful First Courses

Whet Your Appetite: Colorful First Courses


On Forkly, stunning food images from food and drink lovers around the globe are an everyday treat. The luscious red of a perfectly plump summer tomato; the deep, velvety green of fresh-picked mint; the marbled yellow of golden beets...the list goes on. We've repeatedly found that the brightest, most colorful dishes and drinks are the ones that spark the most enthusiastic responses both at the dinner table and in the online world of food photography.

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So for the next few weeks, we’ll be serving you a course a week at our virtual Forkly dinner table. This week, we wanted to whet your appetite with a beautiful range of first course dishes from users across the US and Europe. Play around with the images and you’ll see more information about the restaurant and other dishes tried there...or simply take in their beauty--savor that first bite.

Bon Appetit!


1) Gran Fra i Fjor & Sjøkreps (Last Year's Spruce & Langoustine)

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Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns

Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns


As we ease into the holiday weekend, it's starting to feel more festive than ever. Around this time, some people like to drive around and look at Christmas decorations. Internet nerds like myself like to browse around and see what awesome things people are creating online.

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When it comes to holiday patterns, there's lots of goodies to be found. Patterns are especially fun because you can use them as wallpapers or backgrounds or, heck, even as your own gift wrap. Some of these are just great inspiration, others are great foundations for your own designs, and all are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Agente Xmas Pattern by Vladimir Gorz & Xmas Pattern by Greg Christman

 

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12 Cute & Colorful Design Creations

12 Cute & Colorful Design Creations


It's only been a couple weeks since we opened the doors at Creative Market and we couldn't be more excited at the amount of amazing design content coming in from our sellers every day. We're so proud of the hard work people have been putting in to their shops and the sheer variety of goods they're producing.

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Given our affinity for all things color, it's no surprise that quite a few colorful creations have caught our eye. From vectors to branding kits to patterns and more, here's just a small selection of the colorful design goods to be found in the marketplace.

Milkman Family by Haäfe & Haph

Milkman

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The Effect of Color | PBS Off Book

The Effect of Color | PBS Off Book


Off Book is a bi-weekly web series from PBS that explores cutting edge art, the artists that make it, and the people that share it online. Episodes have ranged from web design to viral video to steampunk culture, and their latest entry into the series is all about color.

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In The Effect of Color, we hear from a handful of color experts about the powerful impact that color has in our everyday lives.

 

Color is one of the fundamental elements of our existence, and defines our world in such deep ways that its effects are nearly imperceptible. It intersects the worlds of art, psychology, culture, and more, creating meaning and influencing behavior every step of the way. Most fascinating are the choices we make, both subconsciously and consciously, to use color to impact each other and reflect our internal states. Whether in the micro-sense with the choice of an article of clothing, or the macro-sense where cultures on the whole embrace color trends at the scale of decades, color is a signifier of our motives and deepest feelings.

 

You can find more fascinating Off Book episodes on their YouTube channel.

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Labor of Love - Creative Market Now Open!

Labor of Love - Creative Market Now Open!


It's been a long time coming, and after many months of hard work we're super excited and proud to announce that Creative Market has opened its doors!

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In a heartfelt welcome message, our fearless leader Bubs explains some of the thought behind Creative Market:

Your local farmer's market is more than a transactional experience, it's an opportunity to meet the producers and learn the story behind their goods, and to interact with a community of like-minded people who all appreciate artisan creators. Creative Market is built with a similar ethos to make beautiful design simple and accessible to everybody, by building a platform that lets designers around the world connect with consumers of design assets like fonts, templates, illustrations, and more. And to facilitate those connections in a marketplace that celebrates, supports and pushes the design world forward.

You can read more about our goals and our future in the full blog post.

Without further adieu, we present to you Creative Market! Feel free to poke around, click all the things, and if you have any feedback for us, boy would we love to hear from you. :)

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Warm & Familiar: The Shades of Autumn

Warm & Familiar: The Shades of Autumn


The fall season is second to none. There's something about the crisp breezes brushing against my cheeks and the leaves crunching underneath my feet that are familiar. A reminder of how refreshing and beautiful this variegated transition from the dog days of summer into the tranquility of winter can be.

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With so many memories--new and old--conjured in the presence of autumn, I find myself flooded by their warmth and comfort, as well as their adventure and intrigue.

Waking up in the mornings to family time in the backyard. What I then considered chores were actually chances for my family and I to bask in the company of love and fun. Raking leaves was more than work; it was us versus them in strategic, yet friendly Backyardigan turf wars.

Source: fall..it is. by Lisa Morrow

BackyardFallHaven

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Squarespace Website Design Contest Winners

Squarespace Website Design Contest Winners


Howdy COLOURlovers! You guys have done it again -- great job with your colorful entries in our Website Design Contest, which was brought to you by our friends at Squarespace.

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Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

Just a quick recap of what the 5 talented winners of this contest will receive:

First Place (chosen by Squarespace) gets a copy of the awesome Pantone Essentials book, a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

Second - Fourth Place (chosen by community votes) get a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

Fifth Place (chosen at random by the COLOURlovers team) gets a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

And with that out of the way, let's see who are winners are!

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The Colorful & Otherworldly Landscapes of Utah

The Colorful & Otherworldly Landscapes of Utah


I have to say, when I've thought of Utah in the past, color was not a word that I would have associated with the hot, arid, and rocky terrain pictured in my mind's eye. That is until my introduction to the landscape photography of Jeremy Davies. Jeremy is one of the many fantastic photographers that work with us here at myPhotopipe, and his work brings depth and visual artistry to a landscape just as vibrant as his approach and technique. Jeremy has a way of interpreting what he sees and feels in the world around him into a tangible manifestation the rest of us can admire from  a distance that's oftentimes otherworldly, yet connect with personally.

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Introducing you to the array of chroma Utah's eclectic landscapes has to offer seems like a natural progression in this budding love affair of colorful photography we're sharing. Allowing yourself to get lost in the escapism Jeremy's sensible, yet discerning eye offers will open you up to a plethora of possible color combinations when examining the color palettes of his photography.

Source: Jeremy Davies

SaltySorbetSunset

A sunset photo of the Great Salt Lake. The posts pictured were once used as support for Saltar Resort, back in the late 1800's.

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Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites

Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites


Howdy COLOURlovers! We've had a great time browsing through all of your colorful website design entries for the past week. It's like you guys know a thing or two about color. ;)

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This contest was brought to you by our friends at Squarespace. Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

This is a friendly reminder that the entry period for this contest ends TODAY at 6pm Pacific. Which means now is the time to go vote for your favorite designs! Voting will remain open until this Sunday, September 23rd, at 10pm Pacific, and we'll be announcing the winners here on the blog on Monday, September 24th.

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Squarespace Website Design Contest

Squarespace Website Design Contest


Who's ready for another design contest? Well we've got something special up our sleeve and this time the great people at Squarespace are joining in the fun.

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Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

For this contest, Squarespace wants to see your best color palettes used in a web template that they've provided. They've also put together a few awesome prizes for the winners. Take a look below on how you can participate.

How to Enter

COLOURlovers members will create a custom color palette and use it to color in a web template. Each color will be associated with a certain part of the web layout. Members are limited to just 3 contest entries, so choose your palettes wisely.

Sound like fun? To get started, just head on over to our Contest Page where you can create your color palette and submit your entry.

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