COLOR INSPIRATION

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Who woulda thought beer came in so many colors of yellow and brown? It took two beer-loving creatives from a Swiss ad agency to catalog the subtle shades of 202 of their local brews into the Beertone Guide, a color guide for beer lovers.

Alexander Michelbach & Daniel Eugster analyzed each beer to determine the exact color value with a spectro-photometer. The result is a fan book (similar to a Pantone guide) ordered by the different beer colors, from lightest to darkest, complete with RGB, CMYK, and HTML color codes for each beer. Brilliant!

The Beertone guide also gives a brief profile of each beer listing the beer style, alcohol volume, beer label, food pairing and more.

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Among the many alluring sights along the High Line, the celebrated park elevated above the streets of New York City’s west side, the zing of a citron chair surrounded by a congregation of grey ones captured my eye.

If you’re planning a trip to New York make time to get above the craziness and noise of the city and meander along the lushly landscaped restored freight rail line. You’ll find plenty of visual inspiration there!

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Black symbolizes rebellion, magic, mourning and evil, while purity, kindness and neutrality are evoked by the color white.

The marriage of black and white is a powerful combination perhaps because the two are so starkly opposite. Many photographers, artists and designers are drawn to the yin and yang of black with white, myself included.

A few of my currently favorite images combining black and white…

Carmen Kass by Sølve Sundsbø

© stormyafternoon

via Madame Barry

via Alex Mody Photography

via Flickr

Art Forms in Nature | Ernst Haekel

via theSteward

vintage Ponds ad

© Anton Jankovoy

Föremål

© Lynn Dennison 

© helt enkelt

via Imprint 

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Pantone®, “the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries”, has announced that their color number 17-5641 Emerald has been chosen as the 2013 Color of the Year.

Taking a leap straight across the color wheel from 2012’s Tangerine Tango, Pantone explains the selection for this year, “Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.”

In my opinion, Pantone’s revelation of the Color of the Year selection is a bit of looking in the rear view mirror rather than into a crystal ball. Fashion designers start their color intelligence often more than a year in advance of when the final product appears in stores and are often influenced by what they see at the runway shows. They then translate their impressions of these colors and designs into fashion for the masses. Store buyers see these trends up to six months prior to the merchandise appearing on their doorsteps. Consumers are the last to see it.

Pantone® is able to examine data from their customer’s orders for which colors ranges are being adopted as well as combing the globe for color trends. Pantone’s Color of the Year selection is spot on, but is not much use to designers as by now we’re on to choosing colors for 2014.

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Last week I posed a question on my facebook page, “If you had to describe December in terms of COLOR, what colors would you choose?”

I would have answered the question by thinking about the colors I see in the outdoor world and responded the way many people did with “deep blue”, “slate grey” and “white”.  Others answered “silver”, “taupe and white”, “ivory” and “green”, influenced perhaps by colors prevalent in holiday fashions this season.

Using the comments I received, I rummaged around in my iPhoto collection and put together two distinctly different color palettes to represent December. For those who missed the facebook question, I’d be interested in hearing what colors you associate with December. Thanks everyone for playing!

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I’m holding on to last last shafts of autumn color before my world becomes a cool palette of blues, white and greys. I love the unexpected pops of purples in these sunflower photos taken by my friend Lynn Jeffery who also took the lovely pictures of peonies that I used for color inspiration here.

There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Last evening, at dusk when the light is ethereal, my neighbor stopped by for a stroll through my garden to smell the honeysuckle, roses and peonies. She’s a lot like me in that we both carry our cameras wherever we go. She is an artist and has a wonderful eye and sense of color.

These are her lovely photos of dusky, blousy and magical peony blooms.  She loves capturing nature in low light while my natural inclination is to snap away when the light is brighter, the colors more vibrant and shadows more pronounced. Somehow she even made the ants and mud splattered petals looks romantic.

People often ask me if I’m afraid that others will copy my ideas if they see a mood or trend board that I’ve created. My feeling is that every artist and designer comes from a different place and brings their own perceptions and aesthetics to the task at hand. If an artist or designer goes within themselves to create, rather than copying verbatim, then their work will be uniquely their own. Her photos sparked these reflections.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic if you have a minute.

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Over the years I’ve planted fifty daffodil bulbs each fall in the field around my house and then waited for winter’s snows to melt to enjoy their early eruption of color. I always buy bags of assorted mixes because I like the variety of shapes and hues. This spring they’ve been snowed on repeatedly but their hardy blooms are still hanging on. Today’s color palettes are in honor of the daffodil’s tenacity and beauty.

 

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Attention color lovers and runners – this sounds like fun! A 5K “run” celebrating color, called The Color Run,  is being held in cities all across the country this summer.

This is how it works. Participants show up wearing mandatory white tee shirts. At each kilometer there is a designated color station. When runners pass the spot, spectators and sponsors with handfuls of 100% non-toxic colored powder, merrily accost them; yellow for the first kilometer, green for the second and so on until the final color explosion at the finish line.

The point of the whole event is to make a big colorful mess! This sounds a like a whole lot more fun to me than paintball!

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Green was an easy choice to make for “Color of the Week . I’ve compiled a bunch of lush green-themed photos that I like from the web. I’ve found that it is sometimes really difficult to credit the original photographer when a picture has been re-blogged a number of times. In a lot of instances the credit eventually just gets lost! I don’t know how to get around the problem, and it is a shame because it would be nice to give credit where credit is due. If you click on the collage you’ll be able to see the sources and track the images as far back as possible.

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It must be March; I’m craving a bit of color after living in a winter white landscape for the last few months. Today’s color palettes are inspired by pictures I took when I was in Iceland last spring.

Colorful houses with pretty window trim and crisp lacey curtains captivated me. Frequently cheerful vases of flowers were perched on windowsills. The houses in every town and village pop with color and help fend off the winter blues.

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Q: What do these microscopic scales on a butterfly wing, a vintage designer gown and a shingled house all have in common? A: Graceful overlapping “petals”  in the most beautiful shades of blues and greens.

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Luminous fish and fowl inspired this color palette of pink and yellow.

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St. Valentine’s Day, and this photo of red doors I took in Iceland, inspired today’s color palette.

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I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest ever since a fellow designer turned me onto it last month. It’s “virtual pinboard” where you can categorize and store images that you want to save from the web. You choose themes for your “boards” and “pin” pictures that you like onto them. You can also upload your own. When you click on your boards the images are all laid out on your screen – similar to how you view slides on a lightbox.

It’s a really great tool for me because I’m always cruising around the web looking for ideas and trends as part of my work, and Pinterest helps me keep my inspirations organized. And it’s really easy! Another cool things about it is that you can check out boards created by other people which opens whole other realms of inspirational possibilities. “It’s like falling down the rabbit hole!” says the friend who turned me onto it.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that some of my board themes include Knit & Purl, Prints and Patterns, Textures and Textiles, Vintage Skiing, Folkart, Snow and Ice and color categorized by hue. I built the color story here using images I’d “pinned” onto my “Orange” pinboard.

If you have a minute check out my boards to get an idea of how much fun I’m having with this new social media. Better yet – start building your own.

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