Tag Archives: color

Colorful Links

At this time of week I’m usually searching for a new topic for this blog. Sometimes ideas appear magically, other times it’s a lot more work. This week an idea was dropped into my lap. In my mailbox I found … Continue reading

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Pigments and Dyes: Where Do Colors Come From?

Our contemporary world is dominated by digital images on movie screens, computer monitors, smart phones and tablets. The millions of colors we see there are nearly all the result of electronic magic. Surrounded by all these new ephemeral images it … Continue reading

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Pantone: Working with color

Pantone is a company synonymous with color management in the commercial world – particularly print media. It was started in the early 1960s by Lawrence Herbert who recognized the need for colors to be standardized when design projects moved from … Continue reading

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Who Owns A Color: Part 2

In part one of this blog post I noted that in the business world companies sometimes have a legitimate claim of exclusive use, or “ownership,” of a specific color. I also noted that sometimes an artist becomes strongly identified with … Continue reading

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Who Owns A Color: Part 1

Because color is everywhere and so important in all our lives it seems that it automatically belongs to everyone, without restriction. We assume that – like the air we breath – color is just part of the public domain. Can … Continue reading

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A Story of Discovery: The Art of Judy Pfaff

I’ve spent the last few weeks going through piles of old art magazines. I’ve saved them for years. They’ve moved across country with me, been boxed and carted from house to house but rarely reread. I’m in a stage of … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Is That White?

Barton Lidice Benes, “Letter From Aunt Evelyn” This assignment will help you understand color and value relativity, while developing your visual acuity. Before starting I suggest you review Chapters 6 (Value), 7 (Color), and 10 (Grid) in our book Design: … Continue reading

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Design Advice: DO Sweat the Small Stuff

Several posts ago I wrote about small, humble things that have been the subject matter of significant art. Today I want to extend that conversation and talk about things that are even smaller…namely details – the little decisions and little … Continue reading

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Color As Signature

Nearly every artist uses color in their work but for some artists color has special significance. Here are two artists whose use of this design element is so important that it is almost impossible to discuss their work without mentioning … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: All Things Red

Who hasn’t created a collection of favorite things? For this exercise I ask that you make a collection of objects and images that are variations of red. Make sure to include fully saturated reds and ones that are desaturated. Include … Continue reading

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