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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 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 Life in Glass: Blaschka Scientific Models

In several recent posts I’ve talked about creativity and the wide range of things that might inspire it. I included links to written and visual resources that I had collected for future use. Today I want to look in more … Continue reading

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Kristiina Lahde and the Elements and Principles of Design

In today’s post I want to return to our blog’s roots – talking about design elements and principles as they appear in visual art. To do that let’s look at two pieces by Canadian artist Kristiina Lahde. Lahde is a … Continue reading

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Serious and Curious Information

Every so often we need to step back and check out what is swirling around us. I’m talking about the serious and curious information we find on the internet. The stuff that encourages us to be serious and curious in … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Altered Chairs

I recently came across this calligraphic letter “T” by Marc Andre Robinson. Rather than apply pen to paper Robinson has deconstructed a large assortment of chairs, using their inherent linear elements as the strokes that form the letter. What a … Continue reading

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Motel Rooms and Parking Lots – Exhibiting Outside the White Box

This last weekend in San Francisco was absolutely beautiful – warm and sunny, the perfect day for a walk by the bay. It was also a perfect day to get out and see some art that wasn’t being shown in … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Studio

One of the biggest transitions for young artists happens when they leave school. All of a sudden they are on their own, no longer surrounded by kindred spirits and with no studio in which to work. The question becomes how … Continue reading

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Art Cars

In recent posts we have featured modified trucks and buses from three different countries. These vehicles are obsessively decorated and customized with shapes, colors, textures, patterns and images. In their new condition they are impressive mobile works of art that … Continue reading

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Matatu: The Decorated Minibuses of Kenya

In two previous posts we discussed decorated and modified vehicles in different cultures. These are trucks, buses, taxis and rickshaws that have been transformed to make cultural and artistic statements. In the earlier posts we focused on the obsessively decorated … Continue reading

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