Kristina Marie makes the most gorgeous hand-sewn paper garlands using recycled and sustainable materials. The KristinaMarie Etsy store has a wide variety of colours and patterns with Kristina adding custom items to her store in the next little while. Such a modern take on garlands with an intricate handmade soul. The photographs of the unraveled spools are so beautiful, I would love to frame a print of one!
Collecting trash from Australian beaches, artist Liz Jones arranges objects into colourful collections and photographs them for her series titled “Rubbish Rainbows”. It’s amazing how bits of garbage, battered by the ocean waves, can create such intriguing images simply through use of colour. Liz is cleaning up her native beaches, provoking thought about littering and the human obsession with plastic all while creating brilliant photographs. Talk about a fascinating triple-threat project that requires amazing dedication and colour sense!
Artist and designer Matt W. Moore has a portfolio overflowing with amazing projects ranging from fashion to typography to fine art. He is definitely one of my colour heros and I am a long-time fan of his inspired use of vivid colour and soulful geometry. I really could feature hundreds of images in this post! One area of Matt’s work I really love are his murals so I have focused on those above. Created all over the world, Matt’s murals add so much joy and design to whatever street is lucky enough to house them. The top image is of his newest piece in Cincinnati and it is yet another example of his incredible colour sense and creative talent.
The Rubik’s Cube is an iconic 1970′s 3D puzzle with the ultimate goal, via twisting and turning, of organizing the squares into six solid colour sides. But how would you solve that puzzle if you couldn’t see the colours? The Braille Rubik’s Cube designed by Konstantin Datz seeks to answer that question with striking results. The braille word is used for each colour so the hues are felt and the puzzle can be solved. A thoughtful and really beautiful piece of design.
These Porcelain Tea Light Holders by Graham and Green are my new obsession. Modern white outside and bold colourful inside? I’m sold! I can only imagine how amazing these would look at night. I’m thinking there is a heavenly glow that fills the room with colour. Dear Graham and Green, please consider making an exception to your international shipping policy for a colour lover?
My classical music knowledge is probably not as strong as I would like it to be but there are many pieces that I really love. One in particular is Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”. I have loved that magical song for as long as I can remember. Upon visiting Black Eiffel last week, I was reminded of the fantastic Music Animation Machine. The site turns classical works into graphic bars of colour that represent the length, complexity and emotion of each note. It is extraordinary how this allows one to “see” a song via colour and animation. It really sheds light on how these works of art are constructed and created.
I really like this identity for Imagine 8, a video production and sound design company. Designed by Ken Lo, the branding was inspired by television test patterns. Filling two circles with the vibrant colours, an abstract “8″ is formed to reference the company name. I like the bold geometry and use of such a famous pattern and colour scheme. Without any introduction, you instantly know this is a video/television company!
I really love designer Pete Dungey’s “Pothole Gardens”. In an attempt to highlight the many surface imperfections on British roads, he planted potholes with bright flowers. I like to think motorists moved their wheels to avoid squishing the flowers which, come to think of it, prevents the negative consequences of potholes while creating a little burst of joy! This project reminds me of Juliana Santacruz Herrera’s knit potholes that I posted about previously. Anytime an urban eyesore is made beautiful and colourful, it just makes a city a happier place.
When I saw these photographs of So Takahashi’s Origami Chair, I swear I was speechless for a good ten minutes. The folds of powder-coated sheet metal, the pin-thin back legs, the exquisite angles – this piece must rank among the most beautiful chairs ever created.
In honour of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I would feature my favourite Mexican textile – zarapes! Zarapes, pronounced “serapes” in English, are brightly coloured Mexican blankets with fringed ends that are typically worn by Mexican men on one shoulder. Traditional zarapes are made in the North-East Mexican state of Coahuila and often feature a black or dark base with stripes of intense colour. It’s amazing just how many colour combinations and patterns are possible in this inspiring woven art. The brilliant colour of zarapes has always dazzled me and I’m hoping you are surrounded by some for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
Kraft paper, bold typography and colour coding? This wonderful package design for Reishunger, a small rice brand in Germany, has several of my most favourite design elements. I absolutely love the colourful labels at the top of the packages which allow for quick rice variety recognition at the market and feature some whimsical rice grain illustrations. One of the best packaging designs I’ve seen in a while.
There are many reasons I love iconic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass. He was ridiculously talented in so many areas of design and I hope to feature more of his legendary projects in the future. At the moment, I am semi-obsessed with Saul’s 1962 children’s book called “Henri’s Walk to Paris” about a young boy’s adventures in the City of Light. I have attempted to buy this gorgeous book for years but it is a difficult and expensive hunt. A recent bidding frenzy on Ebay ended at almost $500. While remaining hopeful that it is published again one day, I continue to just stare at the images of the book pages. What a showcase of fantastic 1960′s design/illustration, whimsical typography and spectacular use of vivid colour. That simple drawing of hats as the zoo crowd? I love it. Back to Ebay I go…