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The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations

The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations


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”.
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Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'

Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'


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.


fly_away plasticities

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Colorful Scraper Bikes

Colorful Scraper Bikes


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:


Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

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.

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Recent Colorful Wallpapers From Kitsune Noir

Recent Colorful Wallpapers From Kitsune Noir


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.

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Movie Still Palette Inspiration

Movie Still Palette Inspiration


It may not be a new idea, among our chromatically-inclined kind, to conjure up a film-inspired color palette or two. But I especially dig the totally awesome pairing of film still photography + their color palettes. It is the peanuts and the M&Ms (sorry chocolate purists).

This totally awesome website, i love hotdogs, is a boon for such stills. And also very handy for updating the netflix queue as well! Mostly cult or independent films from 1940s-1990s, there are lots of images from each of the movies. I picked some neat ones from the various eras and threw in a couple of my own. If you're looking for more inspiration or want to share some of your own fav's check out these movie related groups: Moving Pictures, Movie Themed Group, Movies, Stage and Screen, Cinema!This is my favorite movie!!

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Font-Integration Roundup

Font-Integration Roundup


Seeing more and more interesting typography on the web lately is like a huge breath of fresh air, and thankfully it's an area going through rapid evolvement. I'm so used to the same old typefaces everywhere that even a little bit of departure can make such a stand-out difference. There's several ways to make use of dynamic text replacement (read more about the various ways to do it here) and while I haven't attempted it myself yet, I'm definitely curious if anyone has and what their experience has been. In the meantime, check out some of my favorite sites that use font-integration. A lot of these came from The Design Cubicle and siteInspire so head over there for even more web design inspiration.

Frank Chimero

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Minimal Art Inspires Subdued Hues

Minimal Art Inspires Subdued Hues


I don't know about you, but I find an empty, sparse palette to be hugely inspiring. Imagine my delight when I discovered this sexy new hyper-minimal tumblr, Erasing.


Bonneville I, archival pigment print by Charles A. Hartman


Tokuro Sakamoto

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Surprising Web Design, Sans Flash...Sort of*

Surprising Web Design, Sans Flash...Sort of*


Isn't it funny to reminisce about the infancy of the internet? Sure you could say we're still in toddler-hood, but way back when in aught-2, Flash dominated the web and your junk mail consisted of AOL coasters startup CDs...Man, those were the days.

2002-2003 was right about the time when I started job hunting which meant clicking through one graphic design firm's website after another, twiddling my thumbs watching delicately crafted pre-loaders process while the bulky Flash site loaded behind them. And finally once "inside" the site, having to process and absorb yet another almost completely obtuse navigation. I even taught myself the program and churned out a couple entirely-Flash sites early in my career which, needless to say, were practically outdated before they launched.

Even as Flash is going the way of the Dodo, there are the occasional websites that demonstrate a modern take on all those bells and whistles that were more prevalent in the heydays of the big F. I like to call them "storybook sites" because there's a certain flow or narrative that takes you through the content without feeling intrusive or letting you get lost. And even more impressively, these storybook sites use no Flash whatsoever but instead rely on a Javascript genius who has the ability to write that functionality from scratch. * Which is pretty bad*ss if you ask me.

Here's a handful of examples.

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Jessi's Rainbow Birthday: A Celebration of Color

Jessi's Rainbow Birthday: A Celebration of Color


To celebrate Jessi's Birthday it was suggested that everyone should dress in their favorite color from head-to-toe. Not being able to decide what her favorite color was–something many of us here at COLOURlovers can easily relate to–Jessi decided to change outfits every hour covering the entire spectrum with a monochromatic outfit for each hue. As a present, and to commemorate this colorful occasion, Josh Stewart created the website Jessi's Rainbow Birthday.

"I’m Jessi, and I LOVE color. This website represents April 16, 2010, my 31st birthday. When the lovely Jessica Hische brilliantly suggested the theme of everyone dressing head-to-toe in a single color a mere day before my birthday, I was surprised to find that I already had the complete makings for several different colors in my closet. (Most of my friends and family will tell you they are not at all surprised.) I couldn’t decide which color was my favorite, so I decided to opt for 11 outfit changes. I’m so grateful to my friend and colleague Josh Stewart for turning the day into a website. It’s SO me."

PMS 215 or Shopgirl’s Raspberry Beret

"I started my birthday with a bang of color! On our walk to work, Creighton and I noted how our regular clothes, which normally wouldn’t get a second look, were all of the sudden arresting viewers simply because of the unconventional combination. (Creighton was wearing all red.) Want to stop traffic? Dress head-to-toe one color. This feather hat and vintage Neiman-Marcus silk shirt came from the Brooklyn Flea. The scarf is from a New Year’s trip to New Orleans with the Amy, Scott and Lucy. The purchase of an accessory is a spectacular way to remember a journey. The magenta cords are from Brooklyn Industries, and if you ever find magenta Ropers (boots) in your size while thrift shopping, BUY THEM."

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The Daily Dish: 365 Petri Dish Paintings by Klari Reis

The Daily Dish: 365 Petri Dish Paintings by Klari Reis


"The Daily Dish by Klari Reis is a series of hand painted plexiglass petri dishes. She uses epoxy polymer to depict microscopic images. The effect is hopeful, almost playful, belying the serious nature of the subject matter... Working with biotech companies in San Francisco, Klari uses organic cellular imagery and natural reactions to explore our complex relationship with today's biotechnological industry."


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