As a colour-obsessed person, I am enamoured with all things Pantone. As the world leader in colour, I imagine visiting the Pantone headquarters would be my version of going to Graceland? Pantone added 175 new colours to Fashion + Home system today bringing the total number of available shades for fabric and interior goods to 2,100. It’s also the first time new hues have been added since 2003. On a project not so long ago, I was so eager for more blue Pantone fabric options, I was ready to try mixing dyes myself! Overall, it is a huge boost for anyone trying to translate their vision to product. I love this ‘behind-the-scenes’ video by Pantone that shows the process behind creating this complex system and features colour experts like designer Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd. I love the great quotes shared about colour and its importance in design, products and creating a happy life overall.
This recently completed mural by artist Pastime might top my ‘favourite street art of all time’ list. The San Francisco piece packs a powerful punch of colour and features an almost subliminal artist name among the geometric patchwork of squares. But let’s get back to the colour – how gorgeous is that mix of hues? Guaranteed to brighten up even the greyest of days!
While making my nightly visit to the website of Room 6, one my favourite Vancouver stores, I spotted these gorgeous and colourful handwoven beaded cuffs by designer Julie Rofman. I immediately began to drool. Don’t they look like a chic, high fashion take on friendship bracelets? A mixture of matte, translucent, opaque and shiny glass beads, Julie uses a small bead loom to weave geometric patterns. Each piece is part of a limited edition and is finished with sterling silver clasp beads and ribbon ends. Inspired by global pattern and colour, each bracelet is named after brightly hued places in the world such as “Rio“, “Galapagos” and “Havana“. I don’t know if I can resist buying one of these bright and beautifully crafted designs. The only hard part will be picking which one!
UNA is the official wine of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Combining 20 wines from native grapes, UNA highlights the rich history of Italian wine as well as expressing “the true spirit of Italy, the love for their land, the expertise, art and industriousness of its people”. Italian studio Cibic Workshop designed this packaging that begins with a gorgeous locking box made from ash wood, a popular tree throughout Italy. The bottle shapes are meant to reflect a man and woman with the masculine red merging a classic Italian flask with an iconic Bordeaux bottle and the feminine white showcasing a redesign of classic clear Italian wine bottles. A handsome and luxurious package design that puts a modern spin on Italian history. One of my favourite details? How the key ribbons match the pops of colour on the bottles!
British photographer Louis Lander-Deacon is one of those artists you just know you are still going to be hearing about 30 years from now. His work reveals an immense talent and curiourity that can only result in spectacular photography. I love this series Louis created using coloured powder and a few willing friends. The very subdued and cold hues of the forest are a perfect backdrop to the vividly pigmented clouds of colours. Colour powder and smoke bomb photos seem to be growing in popularity and I personally love the randomness that results. Who knows what photograph you will end up with? The first image shown above has a colour palette that actually took my breath away. Yep, I need to find some willing friends and see what colour I can cover them with… (p.s. these photos also remind me of posts I have done on holi celebrations and silence/shapes by filippo minelli)
Now that plenty of colour is approaching its four month anniversary (yes, I’m going to celebrate each month!), I plan on launching more unique features. I am always going to showcase the many colour-loving designers, projects and items that inspire me but I’m also looking forward to having a couple more custom features to play with. I thought I would give a sneak peak of a new feature I am experimenting with – Assorted Colour. There are many blogs featuring colour palettes extracted from photographs which I love and am definitely inspired by. When I started this blog, I thought about going down a similar road but then I considered how I personally see colour palettes. A yellow car passing a red street pole and blue umbrella, a magenta paper clip next to a piece of turquoise twine and scrap of lavender felt – I realized that my inspiration for colour palettes came more from objects and the 3D world rather than just photographs. So, I decided to turn this realization into a new feature. I am very excited to experiment with objects and themes to create these Assorted Colour palettes from collections of colourful treasures. (p.s. forgive the quick shots but I was eager to play with this idea yesterday!)
Designer Jay Fleck illustrates in a modern way that somehow manages to retain a vintage soul. I love his resulting graphic style and bold use of primary colour. And what a clever typographical take on “plenty of fish in the sea”! To see more of Jay’s brilliant work and where you can buy t-shirts or prints, check out his Flickr page.
This book and video of the Wimbledon Men’s Final (Federer vs. Nadal) by designer Bryan Ku is the perfect merger of three of my very favourite things: books, tennis and cleverness. How brilliant and creative to interpret a sport this way. Love those sport scores in iconic tennis ball yellow-green too. Here’s hoping Bryan ponders doing a whole sport series!
Ligatures make me happy. Originally created when type was set by hand and letters like “f” and “j” could not be placed next to each other without creating a large space or unattractive overlap, ligatures are now an elegant element of typography that merges two letters into one harmonious, visually-appealing character. In a digital focused world, I like how ligatures harken back to a time of handcrafted typography and design. Designer David Schwen has created a set of colourful prints with cheeky ideas of how letters are joined into ligatures. Gum, paper clips, staples… I love how David’s mind works! (you may remember my post about his brilliant ice cream pylons…)
It’s always nice to see a car advertisement that is a bit different from the usual shiny car/people enjoying said car/masculine surroundings combination. Volkswagon seems to be the king of going a unique direction but this Land Rover piece really caught my eye. The ad captures Land Rover’s off roading brand essence by showcasing all of the colours you will see when exploring the world in your new car and where these colours will appear longitude and latitude-wise. I love the global colour names including Mont Blanc Blizzard, Mauna Loa Lava and La Palma Banana. Anyone fancy going on a global colour scavenger hunt?
I imagine Emily Poe from Sparrow Nest Script has the most gorgeous grocery and to do lists ever. I have admired Emily’s writing for quite some time as it really makes formal calligraphy into something modern and casual but also elegant and full of personality. Sparrow Nest Script is a showcase of Emily’s beautiful work. How can you not lust after these cheeky notecards with beautiful india ink hand-calligraphy and vibrantly coloured paper? Email is fabulous but there is nothing like getting a real card in the mail. Especially if it says “Howdy” at the top!
Created by designer Derek Chan, Front Page Fingerprint is a visualization of the formal elements of the New York Times front page such as white space, headline size/length, body copy, imagery and overall colour palette. Each column is one day of February 2011 newspapers. A fascinating study of colour and design elements. I really want to view the colour palette element close up to see what trends emerge! From these images, you can see the more colourful papers are definitely weekend editions. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see this idea applied to a years worth of papers or even notable periods of history?