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Eat by color

30 Mar

From a link sent to me this morning by my dear artist friend Diana Behl: An article in Good magazine about a public art project that uses color to promote the consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables. New York artist Tattfoo Tan created the Nature Matching System by photographing produce purchased at a local farmer’s market, then used the eyedropper tool in Photoshop to specify a bounty of vibrant good-for-you colors. Though I’m certain I see Cheetos orange in there somewhere….

Who doesn’t love a pie chart?

4 Mar

According to the artist/designer, Arthur Buxton, here are “28 van Gogh paintings visualised as pie charts showing the five most common colours in each as a percentage.”

“Live in colors, dream in colors”

27 Feb

This is the tagline of, I kid you not, the Pantone Hotel. I read about it in today’s New York Times. Planning a visit to Brussels? Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure (or for waffles), you can customize your accommodations in the Belgian capital to reflect your current mood. Each of the seven floors has its own color scheme–see swatch chart just below. (Are those on the blue floor expected to feel tranquil and exhilarating at the same time?)

Feeling vibrant and/or intense? Daring and/or fiery? It looks like you can borrow a colorful bike to ride around town. I’d be happy just to lounge around eating chocolate on the cheerful/warm floor.

 

A little holiday color from my sister. And I’m passing it on to you.

15 Dec

Sometimes I secretly dream of opening a decent stationery store in the Fox Cities. We’re seriously deprived. (As You Wish in Fond du Lac is a rare bright spot.)

I received this in the mail yesterday: my sister has great taste in greeting cards. And because she lives in the Twin Cities, she has access to some of the best. The credit for this one goes to Seltzer, a design firm out of Long Island City, New York. Next year, I want to see the colors of Thanksgiving. I’ve always liked how the yams and the rutabaga complement each other, especially when placed next to the cranberries.

OK, back to grading….

 

 

And I’m sick of it already.

9 Dec

Today, Pantone announced its 2011 Color of the Year. Drum roll please…

It’s Honeysuckle! 18-2120. Honeysuckle? Would you even know what color that was if I didn’t post the sample above? I had to look it up.

I will continue to use the 2010’s Color of the Year, 15-5519 (a.k.a. Turquoise, seen just below) faithfully up until the 31st. And probably after that in place of Honeysuckle. Not my cup of tea.

{Note to students: if you like it, use it! I once told a class that I didn’t like purple, and everyone avoided it for months.}

Oh no! There are only 22 days left to use turquoise!

And did you know that you can get a Pantone Visa? I didn’t.

You can use that Pantone Visa to buy this lovely set of Pantone coffee mugs. Okay, I think I’m done now.

Leo Lionni

2 Dec

We’ve been reading the heck out of Little Blue and Little Yellow at our house lately. The illustrations and the story are so simple. My daughter and I can’t get enough of it, which isn’t always the case (at least on my end) regarding bedtime stories.

A few days ago, one of my advanced students gave an especially good biographical presentation on the author and illustrator of Little Blue and Little Yellow: Lio Lionni. I learned that Lionni actually conceived the book in 1959 while riding on a train with his two young grandchildren, who were starting to act up. Recalling the experience, Lionni wrote: ‘I put my briefcase on my knees to make a table and in a deep voice said, ‘This is Little Blue, and this is Little Yellow,’ as I placed the round pieces of colored paper onto the leather stage.” Once home, he organized the shapes into a simple book structure, and showed it to a publisher friend who agreed to print it on the spot. Lionni went on to write and illustrate an additional 40 children’s books in the next 35 years.

Lionni was a fascinating character: he spoke five languages, was fascinated by nature, displaced by war, designed the iconic catalog cover for MOMA’s Family of Man exhibit, and made influential work as Art Director of Fortune Magazine in the 1950s. But, in the end, he just wanted to explore the potential of doing art and graphic design for good. Steven Heller, in an article for AIGA, wrote that “in word and deed, (Lionni) has been an unfaltering rationalist, a devout humanist and a passionate artist.”

Here are a few of my favorite LB & LY spreads. Goodnight.

This last one is my favorite.

I hope he doesn’t make us out of cheese.

27 Oct

I have proven myself to be a complete sucker for any project using states as a theme. One of my favorite albums is titled State Songs. And I’ve been really bummed that musician Sufjan Stevens has apparently dropped his project to devote a complete album to each and every state.

Of course, it is also no secret that I love the use of map imagery in just about anything. And this project, by graphic designer and illustrator Frank Chimero, brings it all together. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop at 17.