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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Synaesthesia: See What You Hear, Hear What You See


Often is it that faulty or crossed electrical wiring has been used in sitcoms or commercials to get a laugh or a rise. The throw of a switch intended for a harmless bedroom light opens and closes the neighbour's garage repeatedly, or each channel change on the television means pushes grandma's across the lawn. These Deus ex Machina images play on our preconceived notions of control and logic. Applying this same idea to the human mind, while it can be potentially funny, has a similar effect.

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Great White

Great White


Retailers urge us all to put our pastels away, and to push in a fresh, clean spring. That means keeping it light, and it seems like almost every retailer is picking up the whispers of high fashion.

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From Diesel to Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs to The Gap, the white and neutral schemes of winter get their sleeves and pant legs tailored for sunny days of spring break, or at least the memories of having that time. Pushing their line of khakis especially, The Gap steps forward with their Boyfriend Trouser, a loose and relaxed cut pair for ladies. Playing dress-up with Ralph Lauren shows us that white blazers and slacks aren't just for mid-1900s mobsters anymore, while supplying a generous collection of thin pinstripes, playing the favoured field of dominant white.

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Perceiving, Experiencing, and Celebrating Color (Since 1969)

Perceiving, Experiencing, and Celebrating Color (Since 1969)


In thumbing through some old magazines, Cartoon Brew Blogger Amid Amidi found an article in a 1969 issue of Lithographers written by coupled animators Eugene Fleury and Bernyce Polifka.

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With their acclaim seated in Disney and Warner Bros, their co-authoured article explains that many animators or artists have, and probably still, often ignored the expressive process in using colour, having been sated with compliance to colour theory and aesthetics. The article, kindly photographed and uploaded by Amidi, not only explains how and why the complete usage of colour is so important, but shows you simultaneously.

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The Color Green and Saint Patrick’s Day

The Color Green and Saint Patrick’s Day


Question: What is the connection between the color green and St. Patrick's Day?

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  • Actually there's no connection between green and St. Patrick. It's just that Irish connecting green color to fairies, angels, and saints, and any other Holy things.
  • Ireland is known as "The Emerald Isle," and emerald = green, so green is the color of Ireland and thus of St. Patrick's Day.

Continue Reading at Answers.com

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Eye Color Explained

Eye Color Explained


Everything you know is wrong.

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What most people know about the inheritance of eye color is that brown comes from a dominant gene (needing one copy only) and blue from a recessive gene (needing two copies). University of Queensland geneticist Rick Sturm suggests that the genetics are not so clear. "There is no single gene for eye color," he says, "but the biggest effect is the OCA2 gene." This gene, which controls the amount of melanin pigment produced, accounts for about 74 percent of the total variation in people's eye color.

Continue Reading at DISCOVER Magazine

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Heat sensitive, color changing glass building materials

Heat sensitive, color changing glass building materials


The inspiration behind our concept is similar to the beauty of nature; we believe that our personal environments should be ever changing. Moving Color™ is a form of living art; therefore, the potential of our products are only limited by the imagination of the designer implementing them.

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We have been involved in this industry for more than twenty years. Our knowledge of the properties of natural stone, glass, ceramics, and installation is quite extensive. Moving Color™ wants you the customer to feel confident in not only the product you are purchasing, but also in our company. We are constantly researching and developing new ideas to further expand our innovative product lines.

Continue Reading at Moving Color

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How Do We See Red? Count the Ways


Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, that sweet Hallmark holiday when you can have anything your heart desires, so long as it's red. Red roses, red nighties, red shoes and red socks. Red Oreo filling, red bagels, red lox.

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As it happens, red is an exquisite ambassador for love, and in more ways than people may realize. Not only is red the color of the blood that flushes the face and swells the pelvis and that one swears one would spill to save the beloveds' prized hide...

Continue Reading at NYTimes.com

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Pantone Unveils Top 10 Colors for Fall 2007

Pantone Unveils Top 10 Colors for Fall 2007


Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today unveils the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2007, available free-of-charge from the Pantone Web site at http://www.pantone.com/fall2007. The report features the top 10 colors for women's fashion for fall '07 along with designer sketches, quotes and head shots. The availability of the report coincides with the beginning of New York Fashion Week.

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According to the report, complex and exotic describe the intriguingly unusual and inviting color palette for women's fashion for fall '07. The traditional neutral shades expected for autumn have been replaced this season with rich, nuanced hues, offering more opportunity for creativity with interesting and unexpected color combinations.

Continue Reading at DEXIGNER

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Colour. Run. Tunes. Contest!


Contest Description:

COLOURlovers is sharing the love with Nike and Apple for the Colour. Run. Tunes. contest.
What do those words all have in common? U! This contest is very easy to join in on and is
open to all COLOURlovers. All you need to do is go to the NIKEiD. site and design a pair of Nike Air Zoom Moire + iD shoes. Once you've perfected your creation all you have to do is hit the EMAIL button at the bottom and send your design to contests@colourlovers.com.

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Prizes:


1st Place: Their Nike+ shoe design, a (red) iPod Nano + sports kit and a $25 iTunes Gift card.
2nd Place: Their winning Nike+ shoe design along with a $25 iTunes Gift card.
3rd Place: $25 iTunes Gift Card.

Contest will be open Feb 1 - February 14th 11:59PM PST.
Only 2 design submissions per person.
You must be a registered member on COLOURlovers.com to enter.
(It is free and only takes a minute. If you win you'll be contacted through your CL account information, so it needs to be current.)

How To Enter:

Go to http://nikeid.nike.com and choose Nike+ from the FOOTWEAR drop down.

Select the Air Zoom Moire + iD Shoe to customize. (Don't worry if you win and want the Women's version you can choose it.)

Start with a blank canvas or a pre-base colored shoe.

Customizing Your Shoe:
1.) Choose Size 10 for both feet and then click the DESIGN bar below.

2.) Choose Buffed or Synthetic and then choose all the colors for your design. Once you've chosen all your colors, click the PERSONALIZE bar below.

3.) Click Symbol and then the REVIEW bar below. (All the winning shoes will come with COLOUR on the right shoe and lover on the left, so no need to personalize them.)

4.) Click the EMAIL button at the bottom left and send your design to contests@colourlovers.com. (Make sure to include the name of your shoe.)

You're all done and entered into the Colour. Run. Tunes. Contest. Good Luck and happy COLOURloving!

Tips: (Not the kind you leave in jars)

-Remember to be creative in making and naming your shoe... just as you are with making palettes on COLOURlovers. The judges are looking for a pair of shoes that present an overall presentation of character. The name of your palette will have an influence on how your shoe is perceived.

-Be sure to use at least 4 different colors in your design.

-Entries will be added to the Flickr Photo Set so you can see what your competition is raising the bar up to.

-If two exact entries are submitted, preference will be given to the one submitted first.

-Have fun. Be creative.

Discussion about the contest can be found here: www.COLOURlovers.com/discuss/discussion/24/colour-run-tunes-contest/

Judging

A panel of 10 professional designers, color experts and fashionistas will decide on the winners. The shoes will be judged on how well they convey their theme and present their character.

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