We Are Flowers installation


We are flowersSOFTlab has transformed a New York shoe gallery with a colourful ceiling installation.

The designers took inspiration from Galeria Melissa’s ‘We Are Flowers’ shoe collection by creating a three-dimensional lattice suspended from the ceiling.

This was covered by over 20,000 translucent ‘flowers’ of different colours, and funnelled towards the ground at selected points in the gallery.

Take a closer look at the striking installation here or watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.

The ‘biggest design poster ever made’


Malmo Festival posterAn enormous poster which took 900 hours to complete is publicising the Malmö Festival in Sweden.

Described as the ‘biggest design poster ever made’, the poster by SNASK is a physical, interactive installation made of massive shapes which visitors can climb.

The colourful project, which is eight metres wide and and thirteen metres long, used 175 litres of paint, 280 plywood boards and 10,000 nails in its construction.

It celebrates the 30th Malmö Festival, which is taking place in August.

Take a closer look at the innovative poster here and tell us what you think.

Pantone posters with character


Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.

Palette


PaletteAn installation at the GREAT Festival of Creativity celebrates Britain and Turkey’s relationship through clever use of colour.

‘Palette’, by Paul Cocksedge, consists of translucent acrylic circles in red, white and blue, representing the colours of the British and Turkish flags.

When the circles overlap, different tones are produced, such as purple or pink, an effect that the artist says ‘celebrates that collaboration’ between the two countries.

The GREAT Festival of Creativity highlights the best in British and Turkish design and took place in Istanbul in May.

Find out more about ‘Palette’ here – do you think the installation celebrates Britain and Turkey’s history?

The 10 Commandments of Colour Theory


The 10 Commandments of TypographyDesignMantic’s latest infographic reveals some handy colour theory guidelines, suggesting ways to combine and contrast colours.

The infographic, which is a sequel to DesignMantic’s ‘The 10 Commandments of Typography’, looks at the significance of certain colours, the colour wheel and different colour models, such as Pantone and RGB.

It also explores how to use contrasting and complementary colours, including ‘hues, tints, shades and tones’.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you think of the rules.

Monochrome photos given a new life in colour


Colourised photosIt’s easy to view history in shades of grey when so many historic photographs and films are in monochrome or sepia, but the trend for digitally colourising old pictures is catching on.

Professional and amateur artists painstakingly research the context of black and white photos to ensure that the colours and textures they restore are as historically accurate as possible. If they can’t know for sure, the colouriser uses their judgement and sense of colour to fill in the gaps.

Famous photographs that have been colourised include ones of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and a newspaper boy selling news of the Titanic.

Take a look at twenty colourised photos here and tell us what you think of them.

A ‘Pantone’ book – from 1692


Pantone bookThe Pantone Colour Guide revolutionised the design industry in the 1960s, but a historian has recently discovered its antique equivalent, predating the Guide by 271 years.

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau’, found by Erik Kwakkel, consists of almost eight hundred pages detailing how to mix watercolours.

Painstakingly completed by hand by an artist known only as A. Boogert, the book bears an incredible resemblance to the layout of Pantone colours, with carefully painted squares of colour demonstrating the mix of water and paint.

Take a look at the whole book here and let us know what you think of the extraordinary discovery.

The 10 Commandments of Typography


One of the most important elements of any design is the use of typography and an infographic by DesignMantic suggests ’10 Commandments’ when experimenting with it.

The guide, which uses visual examples, recommends contrasting and complementing fonts, sticking to the same font ‘mood’ and also suggests that keeping it simple is key.

As DesignMantic says, ‘even though typography is an art and art is supposed to be subjective with minimal parameters, these rules can still be applied in order to save time and too much experimentation’.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us if these typographic suggestions are helpful.

Charming snail scenes


A Ukrainian photographer has been creating charming photographs of snails, revealing their inquisitive nature in beautiful surroundings.

Vyacheslav Mishchenko produces macro photographs of the molluscs and other minibeasts in their natural habitats; these take on a unique beauty at such a magnified level.

Mishchenko said: “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures. As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.”

Take a look at some of Mishchenko’s pictures here and tell us what you think of the beautiful scenes.

Layers Cloud Chair


Designer Richard Hutten has debuted his brand new chair at the Milan Furniture Fair.

‘Layers Cloud Chair’ uses 545 layers of coloured fabric, which were individually drawn, cut and manually assembled.

The chair, inspired by Arizona’s Painted Desert, has a round and soft profile with a mesmerising circular pattern.

Hutten used Kvadrat‘s Divina fabric for the chair; Kvadrat displayed the finished product in their exhibition at the fair.

Find out more about the chair here and tell us what you think of it.

Magnified butterfly wings


The dazzling colours and scales of butterflies and moths have been captured by a biochemist, who magnifies and photographs their wings.

Linden Gledhill uses automated macro focusing technology to zoom in on the Lepidoptera, creating pictures that are around seven to ten times larger than life.

The photographs show an incredible variety of textures and patterns between the different species of butterfly and moth; there are at least 150,000 species in the world.

Take a look at Gledhill’s pictures here and tell us what you think of the project.

A splash of colour on the Alps


An artist has transformed a Swiss mountainside into a bright, multi-coloured canvas as part of an outdoor exhibition series.

Olaf Breuning uses plastic sleds to pour food colouring onto the fresh tracks left by skiers, which creates vibrant streaks of colour as it slides down the snow.

The art evolves with the landscape as the snow shifts and the weather changes – what could be a flash of red or green one day could be a splodge of footprints the next.

The exhibition is part of ‘ELEVATION 1049’, which involves twenty five artists and their site-specific exhibitions set throughout Gstaad, one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps. ‘ELEVATION 1049’ continues until March 8th.

Take a closer look at Breuning’s work here and tell us what you think of the alpine art.

Celebrate ‘the beauty of nature through colour’ in this stunning series of photographs


A Tumblr blog has attracted thousands of visitors since launching in September, thanks to its quirky take on gorgeous natural vistas.

‘Natural Palettes’ uses images from nature, such as mountain scenes, animals or striking sunsets, and matches them to the Pantone spectrum of colours.

The blog welcomes submissions, which include photographs and gifs ensuring a wide variety of different images are used.

Take a look at ‘Natural Palettes’ here and tell us if it inspires you to take your own beautiful photographs.

Beautifully illuminated tunnel art


Dutch artist Geert Mul has transformed this tunnel in the Netherlands into a permanent art installation by using colourful paintings illuminated by LED lights.

The tunnel is situated at the old house of a famous Dutch 17th century scientist and astronomer Christiaan Huygens.

Fittingly the artwork is a tribute to the scientist’s most important breakthroughs, which include the development of the telescope and the microscope. 

Watch the video below to see more of this tunnel and tell us if it compels you to visit it.

Crayola colours brought to life


We all know the fun and catchy names that crayola gives its colours from when we were school-children. Now these colours have been visually brought to life in a photography series entitled “Crayola Theory.

Photographer Daniel Seung Lee and art director Dawn Kim are the duo responsible for this project, bringing to life familiar colours such as “Flamingo Pink” and “Banana Mania.”

Find more about the campaign and see the full range of images here.

Pantone song titles


pantonrollpantonrollpantonrollPantone is a brand that many will recognise and the folks at Chic & Artistic have created this innovative and clever idea of matching the colour chips to songs.

The series, called “panto’n’roll”, replaces the name of a colour in a song title with one of the famous Pantone cards, for example ‘blue suede shoes’ or ‘yellow submarine’.

Very simple yet wonderfully creative, we love it, and they mention on their website that they will producing some posters of these too, just email them at pantonroll@chic-artistic.com with the one(s) you like. 

You can see all of the series here.

Can you think of any songs they may have missed?

A difficult colour choice


fifty Shades of GreyMybuilder.com has created their very own interpretation of the 2011 erotic book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘.

In their version Mr Grey is seen making a very very hot and steamy job of choosing which grey to decorate a room with. Sizzling.

Enjoy!

The Queen’s colour swatch


Queen's Pantone SwatchQueen's Pantone SwatchQueen's Pantone SwatchLast week we looked at some of the best or worst products available for the Queen’s Jubilee.

We’ve just come across this one and thought it was worth a mention.

In a collaboration between Pantone and agency Leo Burnett, a limited edition Pantone swatch has been produced to commemorate the Jubilee in the shape of the Queen in various coloured outfits.

Find out more of Yatzer.

What colour is fashion across Europe?


Pimkie Colour Forecast
Pimkie Colour ForecastThis project by Pimkie called Color Forecast has been developed by Pedro Cruz and runs feeds from high definition cameras in Milan, Paris and Antwerp to track the colour of fashions worn across the cities.

The software analyzes the passing colors and shows in real time which colors are worn most often, then the colors are compiled into an infographic to see how trends evolve..

Can this forecast the trends and how our colour tastes change over the seasons? An interesting project.

See the website here and see how it works below.

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