Color Inspiration:  New Seven Wonders of the World

Color Inspiration: New Seven Wonders of the World


Out with the old and in with the new... After one-hundred-million votes from two-hundred countries, we have a new list of the world's Seven Wonders. All of the new wonders share a common old world feel with from very warm-colored stones with which they were constructed. These inspirational colors stand out against the sky and earth that surround them.

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The Great Wall of China 

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China was built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. It linked existing fortifications into a united defense system to better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal construction.

Great Wall of China

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Some Summer Color Lovin’ Inspiration

Some Summer Color Lovin’ Inspiration


In looking for great summer colors, I scoured the internet for inspiration. I mostly found summer fashions and make up, but when I finally stopped looking... I found my colours and it turns out that I didn't have to go anywhere else.

Started by Harbinger, the Time for Some Summer Lovin' post has brought out some of the best parts of summer colour love, and we took it another step further...

40+ Summer Inspired Color Palettes

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One Night of Fire:  All Dressed in White

One Night of Fire: All Dressed in White


So, here's why Saturday didn't have a post. Sorry about that. Coordinated by TheDanger, I attended ...

"The Return of the Renegade Parade : Saturday July 14th : Sunset. We begin at 7:57 sharp! In the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. Dress is white. You are the Angels that keep this city alive and untamed. The more costumed the better. Bring: Drums, parasols, refreshments (discreetly), Music, Gifts to share, Friends, Lovers, and your Metrocard."

I'll admit, it was my first time.

Getting to New York City is easy for me, it just takes longer than I'd like. The moment I was off the train, I was unconciously watching everyone wearing white. "Maybe they're going." I was expecting to speak in code with men in white suits to be directed to undisclosed locations. As the sun began to set, standing on the Brooklyn Bridge brought more excitement as people appeared from nowhere from the event. Moving to the middle, I watched the crowd grow, and it was only a matter of time before the flow of bicyclists wading through the crowd was cut off. An estimated crowd over three-thousand, we passively laid siege on the landmark bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge Crowd

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Custom Shoe Colors: Nike, Vans & Converse

Custom Shoe Colors: Nike, Vans & Converse


Shopping is all about choice, and finding exactly what you want feels great, but with retail stores trying to cater to too many needs or wants, things can become a bit generic -- or worse -- too specific. Ask any shoe enthusiast in your social circle, and they'll say footwear is the worst, and seems like shoe companies asked their friends, too, as now a few of those companies are seeking to bridge the gap between their products and their customers through customisation.

Usually for just a bit more than the typical cost of a pair, companies Nike, Vans, and Converse have stepped up with a customisation system on their respective websites. After selecting a desired style and your shoe size, a selection of colours is made available to put almost anywhere on the shoe.

Matchmaker

Playing with Converse's custom tool was the most fun for me, as there were so many options to choose from in both colour and section of the shoe. Having a two-tone shoe never seemed like a better idea.

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Vans supply a custom skate shoe and their popular slip-on shoe while Nike supplies their iD running shoe.

Nike/Vans

Whatever your style -- casual or athletic -- you certainly have your choices laid out for you, and it just makes matching so much smoother.

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The Seven Chakra Colors

The Seven Chakra Colors


The word 'charka' is derived from 'cakram,' which is Sanskrit for 'wheel' or 'circle.' Tonnes of literature can be found covering what they stand for, what they do to influence our existence, and how to channel them. Being as they're based in color, it was a great place to look for color inspiration. Oddly enough, or perhaps obviously, the colors that represent each chakra coincide with common color symbolism.

Aligning Chakras with Color

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Violet - Crown

Crown Chakra
Related organ: Brain
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally. Personal identification with the infinite, oneness with God, peace, wisdom.
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Sidewalking Chalking the Town in Color

Sidewalking Chalking the Town in Color


When wandering through New York City, seemingly innumerable things of wander can be seen. Seen as a centre for all things cultural, fashionable (and sometimes anti-fashionable), and artistic, it should serve as no surprise to see artists setting up on corners, singing or painting, dancing or speaking prose. It seems like everyone is creating something.

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I remember hearing last year sometime about a man who was creating sidewalk chalk art. What was more interesting was hearing that there was an incredible feeling of depth is his work, so much that if he chalked a hole in the sidewalk, people unconsciously stepped around it.

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Painting with Light

Painting with Light


**Update: Check out the LICHFAKTOR interview we did for more photos and a new video.

A number of graffiti artists have been tagging everything thought to be impossible without being caught. Well -- it's actually not illegal for them. They're not using paint. As it turns out, time-lapse photography isn't just for blooming flowers, skyscapes, or brake lights anymore. Termed Light Graffiti, tag artists are taking their colour to an all new level.

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Let There Be Light

Using an exposure of about ten-to-thirty seconds and a tripod for best results, Light Graffiti artists start at the first click. Glowsticks, flashlights, reflectors, and even torches have been used as mediums to create all sorts of designs and tags, as the artist becomes a ghost of a blur, if visible at all.

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Radiating Ultraviolet Colors

Radiating Ultraviolet Colors


Black lights bring out the strangest colours. Projecting very little visible light, crossing into the softer side of the ultraviolet spectrum, the electromagnetic radiating bulbs are commonly referred to as Ultraviolet Lights. The principle behind the lights are almost the same as regular, visible light bulbs, save for the one component that makes them appear blue -- nickel-oxide-doped glass.

artwork by Kurt Drake

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Lucky Numbers, Objects, and Colors

Lucky Numbers, Objects, and Colors


"Luck is probability taken personally," say most mathematicians, scientists and skeptics, but to some, luck is what gets them by and can be brought on by anything. If asked what their favourite or lucky number is, most people will choose between three, seven, and thirteen, and this is of interest because all of those are prime numbers, and anyone can tell you that prime numbers have one undeniable quality in common. They don't let anyone come between them and their man, number one.

All jokes aside, whole cultures have embraced luck, and sources of luck, in many different forms. The number three shows up in good things all over the place, from the Trinity to Pagan rituals and prayers. Seven has even surfaced commonly in lottery games, and a few of my friends think today will be lucky since it's the seventh day of the seventh month of the year two-thousand-seven. Thirteen is perceived as unlucky by the masses, but embraced by the outcasts as their saving grace. Generally characterised by better-than-good fortune, luck can seemingly be brought on by prayer, voodoo, hoodoo, sacrifices, or spells. Wishing someone luck before an event has become more of a motion than a statement, coming as a reaction, like 'thank you' or 'I'm sorry.' It can also be carried in objects.

But aren't there lucky colours?

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Magnets Change Liquid’s Color

Magnets Change Liquid’s Color


The world is full of wonder. Jellyfish and other sea creatures can change colour at will or in reaction to stimuli. Chameleons blend into surroundings. Moths in Liverpool have evolved to disguise themselves to a spattering of pollutants on the sides of white buildings.

Magnets can change the colour of a liquid. At least that's what scientists have lately discovered with nanotechnology.

It's a Small World, After All

'Nanotechnology is full of surprises and new applications are discovered every day. One of the most unusual is the recent experiment of a team of scientists who were able to make a magnet change the color of a liquid, turning it from coffee-brown to orange, then green and finally dark blue. ... The liquid is actually a solution of iron oxide in water and this is the first time anyone has proven such a strange effect of magnetism.'

The iron-oxide solution could be employed in new displays, improving quality and colour range, and in rewritable electronic paper, which is already available.

To learn more, read the article at Softpedia.

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