Colorful Fun for Kids… and You.

Colorful Fun for Kids… and You.


It is my nephew's 2nd birthday tomorrow so we went out shopping for a present for him. He is as boyish as you can get (loves desruction, noise, cars, truck...etc.) so we wanted to find him something fun to play with so he can give his poor big sister a break from "mini-captain bananas." What we found was that kids have such cool stuff now days! Bright fun colorful toys.

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We have this great store here in Portland called Hello Portland, and it is a bright colorful store filled with things for kids... even big kids. I'm sure, or at least I hope there are more kids stores out there in other cities, but just in case you can't find one locally... I wanted to share a couple of my favorite colorful things:

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The Perfect Time of Day

The Perfect Time of Day


Everything live on Earth turns toward the sun. Old forests can be seen competing for light. Grasses turn with the arc of the the day's light. House plants turn their leaves longingly for the outside.

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Even human beings long for the warmth and glow of it. To be without it for too long incites dark moods and an insufficient willingness to carry on.

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Color Palettes From Top 5 Websites

Color Palettes From Top 5 Websites


According to Alexa.com and their Traffic Rankings. These are the Top 5 Sites of the Day broken down to the main colors they use in their logos and site content.

1. Yahoo!

Logo Colors:
Yahoo Logo Color
#FF0033
Yahoo Logo Color
#080008
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Color Symbolism:  Red

Color Symbolism: Red


When describing colour symbolism, it's easy to try to label or over-generalise. For example, some schools teach a very basic understand of representative colours in the Western and Eastern halves of the world, much like when discussing philosophies, and suddenly someone says, "That's such an Eastern Philosophy."

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It may seem hasty just the same to say that there are many differences, but the subtleties of cultures are what make them so great and unique.

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Color Theory: Explained

Color Theory: Explained


In 2001, a remarkable resource was posted on Poynter.org in the form of a brilliant Flash tour based around colour theory.

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The project serves as an interactive tour of pleasures for the eye and mind alike as each click results in running the spectrum and understanding. Stimuli abound, the project mostly plays at contrasts and compliments, and even showing how grey has the unique role of becoming its pair's complement. Later in the tour, the viewer is supplied with a more hands-on approach in an assortment of exemplary articles.

Rather than continue on about it, see for yourself:

Colour, Contrast & Dimension in News Media

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Grapes, Purple, and Violet, and the Subtle Differences Between

Grapes, Purple, and Violet, and the Subtle Differences Between


Good morning, Lovers. Let's talk about grapes.

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Ghost of an Image


Wikipedia says that an afterimage is an optical illusion that occurs after looking away from a direct gaze at an image, and is closely related to the persistence of vision, which is the retention of an image in the retina. One of the most common afterimages is the bright glow that seems to float before one's eyes after staring at a light bulb or a headlight for a few seconds.

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If staring long enough at a primary colour, one will find these ghost images remain as the corresponding secondary colours in the eyes if then looking to a white, blank surface.

For example, if staring at the following, inverted image of the American Flag for thirty seconds, and then at a blank white sheet of paper ... well, see for yourself.

Inverted US Flag

See if you can find other examples of commonly used afterimages, or if you can find the corresponding primary or secondary of your favourite colour. You might want to also make an opposite of the dominant colours in your favourite space.

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Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence

Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence


The deep sea is neither conventionally beautiful nor conventionally exciting. The creatures that do live there are scarce and scattered. According to Oceanlink, almost all of these creatures are scavengers and rely on what floats down from the heights of the layers above. They exist under great pressure, or near the amazingly high temperatures (up to 350 degrees celsius) of hydrothermal vents, which exude bubbling water from the very molten centre of the Earth.

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Strange as it might seem, the colours involved with these creatures are something to behold.
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Liberty Enlightening the World


Good morning, Colourlovers.

Let's play a little That Makes Me Think Of.

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When I woke up this morning, not only did I, as I suppose too many people do, try to suggest it was too early to wake, but I found the spot where my shoulder and my head could fall again, and I blinked while staring at the clock. It was then an hour later. I stumbled out of my room to the kitchen, not really walking on the floor, but the walkway of routine, of memory. With no regard to real distance, I just remembered it was sixteen choppy steps on my toes to the cabinet, five more to the shelf with a bowl for cereal, and a half twist for the fridge. I was no longer paying attention to the spaces or objects around me because I had something particular in mind.

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Welcome to the New Blog & Updates


Hello lovers,

We decided to give the information side of COLOURlovers a huge update. We've moved all the trends, articles, interviews, etc. into one great new blog platform. This will make it easier for us to update the site with regular interesting content and easier for you to find and share it... and our very own ruecian will be writing for the blog.

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We've also added some new features to the site along with a much beefier new server from RackSpace to handle all the traffic.

Palette Photo Inspiration: http://www.colourlovers.com/palettes/add

Subscriptions: Go to your profile and click the Edit this page button. Then you will see a My Subscriptions Tab... Now you can know when comments are posted on your palettes & colors.

Downloadable Palettes: http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/38569/YoungGoGetter

Thanks for sticking out one day of no COLOURloving.

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