Earth Day

Earth Day


Happy Earth Day, everyone.

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If the weather here is any sign of how this day is going to be, 'beautiful' is an inadequate summary. Each year, I commemorate this day by hiking for its entirety, and usually dragging some unwilling-to-go-as-far friend with me. So, before I do that, I just wanted to extend my wishes, and hope that everyone does something today ... and any day possible after.

Do you do anything special for Earth Day? If you can't get outside, what colours do you love that occur naturally? Do you have any memories based around this day?

And don't forget to share!

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Protecting You Mac Mouse with Colorful Baby Socks

Protecting You Mac Mouse with Colorful Baby Socks


I recently bought a wireless Mighty Mouse from apple for my MacBook, but wanted a sleeve for the mouse so when it gets thrown in my bag it doesn't end up getting all scratched up.

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The only option in the Apple store was the sock sleeves for the iPod, but I didn't want to spend $30 on a cover for my mouse. Lucky for me the Baby GAP store was right next door to the Apple store... and I found a colorful little sleeve for my mouse for only $2.

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Tutorial: Color Palette Downloads


You can now download any of the more than 60,000 palettes on COLOURlovers and use them in any of your creative works. There are several formats for downloading palettes.

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Photoshop ACO
Illustrator Ai
ColorSchemer CS
CSS
HTML
ZIP file of all 5 formats.

Below is a video tutorial to using the COLOURlovers Color Palette Downloads Feature. If the video below is too small, click the link below the video for a full size display.

Click Here to view the video in full size.

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Color Blindness: Protanopia

Color Blindness: Protanopia


In the human retina, there exist both rods and three types of cones. The rods are chiefly the receptors that respond to light levels, while the cones send colour to the brain for interpretation.

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An absence or slow development of these colour receptors is what is termed 'colour blindness.' Colour blindness can also be acquired through damage to the retina, optic nerve, or specific areas of the brain, though when acquired, it can actually manifest as a colour blind "spot" on the eye, having complete colour vision outside of that spot.

To say that colour blindness is an absence of colour is not so true for humans. In fact, total colour blindness, seeing life as a black-and-white television show, is extremely rare. Even rarer so is it that colour blindness occurs in females. What it really should be commonly known as is colour deficiency.

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Tutorial: Color Palette Tool


Below is a video tutorial to using the COLOURlovers Color Palette Creation Tool. If the video below is too small, click the link below the video for a full size display.

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Click Here to view the video in full size.

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Sounding Off on Color

Sounding Off on Color


Certain eras or time periods in life, like the Golden Years, have been defined by colour. Anniversaries, holidays, and seasons all have specific associated colours to serve as markers for these specific markers.

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Couldn't the same thing be said about music?

Periods of music have often been tied to colour, like Golden Oldies, Moody Blues or Psychedelic Tracks. In fact, despite 'psychedelic' having the original, actual connotation of being something manifested of the mind, it has come to mean something that is brightly coloured and chaotically patterned, coined by the music of that era.

Taking a look at your own music library, what are the colours you would associate with your collection?

Are those colours different from the ones typically associated with what you listen to?

Have you ever had a need to listen to a 'blue' or 'orange' song?

See if you can make a colour or palette of your favourite songs or albums.

Whatever you do, don't forget to share.

Tag it with 'music' and post it here!

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Color Symbolism: Yellow

Color Symbolism: Yellow


If orange is the colour of optimism, yellow is the colour of pure joy.

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Mellow Yellow
Being on the warm side of the colour spectrum along with red and orange, yellow is a stimulating colour that can entice appetite and lighter moods. Popularised, in fact, by smiley faces everywhere, yellow has become a symbol for the carefree and the mellow.

It has been long desputed what yellow's complimentary colour is, but research seems to mount behind the controversial violet a few posts back.

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The Colors of Where You Live

The Colors of Where You Live


It isn't exactly where I live, but I find myself in Albuquerque, New Mexico tonight and it is hard to ignore the magnificent colors that this part of the US shows at around sunset. For the locals they refer to their town as "enchanted" and the hills are nicknamed the Spanish word for watermelon because of how vibrant of a pink they turn at sunset.

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So what are the colors of where you live? It doesn't have to be as big as your city's colors... it could be the colors of your street with mostly standard colors, but that one house with the red door... or maybe it is the colors of the house you grew up in... maybe it is the colors of the city streets outside...

Share with us the colors of where you live

Make a palette and share your story about where that place is.
(If you can't figure out how we are displaying the palette image, just insert a link to your palette and we'll put the image in for you.)

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Hanami - Flower Viewing

Hanami - Flower Viewing


Flower Viewing (Hanami) occurs every year in correspondence with the blooming of the ornamental Cherry Blossom tree (Sakura), and that means it can happen anywhere between January and May, due to climate differences. The trees themselves blossom a wonderful pink-almost-white flower.

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The Start of It
The festival originates from Japan, from a period when Japan was heavily influenced by China, which designated a time to appreciate the beauty of flowers. The blooming of the sakura means the start of the rice-planting season and is thought to be a sign of how well that year's harvest would fare. Originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, one emperor extended Hanami to the common people by planting sakura in parks, and it was celebrated by having lunches and sake (rice wine) beneath the trees. Cherry blossoms serve as a lasting metaphor for the fickle, short nature of life as the petals usually scatter within a week, and the trees are frequently depicted in art and music. Many Japanese women have the first name 'Sakura.'

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Threadless Loves the Little Guy!

Threadless Loves the Little Guy!


I've always said it, and I'll say it again... COLOURlovers loves threadless.

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Please click here to read the update from the threadless guys.

What those guys have done is huge. HUGE!

Voting is open to the public from April 10th to April 27th at http://peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com

 
Watch the video update: YouTube Video

 

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