Happy Holidays from a Buried Village


My Dear COLOURloving Friends & Family,

I spent Christmas last year with volunteers and survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. We had the 100+ volunteers who were living with us in staple standard tube socks to a wall painted like a fireplace and at 2am I got up… Donned a Santa costume and filled the stockings with knick-knacks and little gifts for the volunteers.

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This year I'm spending it with a village buried by Typhoon Durian in the central Philippines. This is the second year that I'm giving up spending time with my family and the people I love, so I'm asking you to give up a little during the holidays as well:

Please donate to Hands On Disaster Response and support my Non-Profit's efforts to make a difference in communities affected by natural disasters. We are a registered 501c3 Non-Profit and on our website you can view our financial statements. www.HODR.org I'm personally asking my friends and family to donate $100 securely online via: https://secure.ga1.org/05/hodr_darius. If you're having a very tight month then I would ask you to pass this note along and to ask someone else you know to make a donation.

It has become increasingly important in my life to be a global citizen. As a westerner we are born and raised with such a US-Centric view of the world. Even our news pays little attention to what goes on outside our country. Many people probably don't know that a Typhoon (The same thing as a Hurricane) hit the central Philippines destroying over 100,000 homes in early Dec. You may have seen a little news blip if you were really looking, but otherwise it disappeared from the news with little attention. I arrived in Manila yesterday and am now in the Typhoon Durian affected area. If you have any questions about the project here or are interested in volunteering, please shoot me an email.

Thank you for supporting me and my relief work and Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Darius A Monsef IV
Co-Founder & Operations Director
Hands On Disaster Response
www.HODR.org

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RSS, Wallpapers & Stats


We've been adding little features here and there, and I wanted to let anyone know who might have missed them.

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RSS Feeds
The feeds are up and everyone has their own too. Subscribe to the feeds with FeedBurner. Some people have begun to do some interesting things with them as well. One web designers is using the feed of the top colors on CL to dynamically change the colors of his new website design to what the top colors are.

Wallpapers
Look in the Info area for all colors and palettes for links to several wallpaper sizes. Set your desktop wallpaper to one of your favorites on CL and make some COLOURlove even when you aren't online.

COLOURstats
We put the first phase and very simple stats overview up on the homepage. You can see them right under the welcome blurb. Right now we’re just showing how many new colors, palettes and lovers are being added to the site daily.

Soon this stats display will be combined with the trends system to show even more interesting information, like how many negative or positive votes hues like blue got for a certain month... or how well people reacted to palettes with yellow in them in Nov... Etc.

Cheers,
-Darius

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Find a job you COLOURlove!

Find a job you COLOURlove!


Jobs for Designers, Artists, and Developers with instant search tool

At COLOURlovers.com it is all about the love... and you should love your job. Life just isn't any fun if you hate going to work.

In partnership with Krop jobs we're sharing the love of creativity and providing a listing service for the best creative jobs out there. Take a look through and find something that strikes your fancy. New jobs are being added daily, so keep your eyes on www.COLOURlovers.com/jobs. You can easily find the jobs section in the main site menu.

If you are looking to hire, than get your opportunity out there to thousands of people who love colour, design and creativity. Jobs posted to the Krop network are shown on major creative portals like: Newstoday, Lodown Magazine, COLOURlovers, Lounge 72, Heavy Backpack, Fecal Face, iwantmyflashtv, DevLounge, Digitalabstracts, Webtoday design & information awards, yashke, and Hypernarritive.

PS. Posting jobs helps make a little money for COLOURlovers & our Non-Profit Charity Support, so find a talented creative person and share the COLOURlove.

Cheers,
-Darius

Darius A Monsef IV
Creator & Editor

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Coup.0 Launch Party

Coup.0 Launch Party


One week ago tonight we were able to do what I've wanted to do for a long time now… We threw a big party and made a ton of love with color!

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It was a fantastic evening of palette making, colorful conversations and checking out the new website for COLOURlovers.com. With 6 sexy new iMac computers provided by MacForce we were able to have guests browsing the new site and getting some back-seat web surfing help from the people who built it.

We built 5 hanging spaces on one wall of Rake Art Gallery and had our guests making palettes from the 40+ 12" x 48" color canvas strips. Just like on the site, it was fun seeing what other people would come up with. Our good friends over at Clutch Camera were there to capture the palettes and their lovers for us to share.

It was interesting to see how creative people got as the night went on... The tasty beverages from Lange Winery and Widmer Brewing probably helped some shy lovers get up there and create their palettes. I think our party was scheduled from 7-9:30pm but we wrapped up closer to 11:30pm.

We also chose 5 palettes from the site to recreate at 36" x 60" pieces of art. It was inspiring to see the translation of the palette on the site to the physical world. We've now got some good ideas to remodel our bedroom (and a lot of left over paint!)

The large amount of canvas came from Utrecht and Art Media & the paint came from our neighbors at Miller Paint.

I want to thank all the COLOURlovers who showed up and helped make our launch of Coup.0 a huge success, especially those who traveled quite a distance to join us.

Also a big thanks goes out to:
Alexis Jonnson for food & wine pairing, catering.

My family for showing up and sharing in the COLOURlove.

And last, but most importantly... Sara Murphy for painting all the canvasses for the event, supporting me in putting on a very successful launch party and for being a wonderful part of my life.

Darius A Monsef IV
Editor & Creator

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