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The theory, fact, and fantasy of color

In the introduction to her book The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Sarah Lowengard writes, "Throughout the eighteenth century, people from all social and economic backgrounds thought about color, experimented with color, and offered their own notions of how to explain it, how to use it, and how to improve it. In this book, I will discuss those interests, explorations, expectations, and outcomes."

What I want to point you to is, first, the text of Lowengard's book, and second, a two-part article on the color wheel by Jude Stewart that was inspired by the book.

Here > The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard...

Here > The Wonderful Color Wheel: Part 1...

Here > The Wonderful Color Wheel: Part 2...

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Meet illustrator Margaret Cusack

She creates stitched illustrations (using needle and thread) for commercial clients. Nice.

Here > Example 1 (click images for a closeup)...

Here > Example 2...

Here > Example 3...

Here > The front door to her web site...

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The right brain/left brain designer is rare

I don't know many designers who are really good at both the technical and the creative. Here's a guy (Nicholas Macias) who knows design. And user interface. And typography. And coding. And, perhaps most important, seems to know when to quit designing. His stuff looks simple yet it has lots of little visual and technical hooks that make it unique.

Here > Love the way the images sweep in and out, side to side...

Here > And how he separates the products from the story by changing from light to dark...

Here > Here is (what I assume is) a web prototype from his portfolio--more nice nuance...

Here > The front door of his portfolio...

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Design is the interplay of many disciplines

Cabell Harris is a designer who understands the big picture. By that I mean, he understands the intricacies of making real things happen through design. That requires a keen understanding of many disciplines--marketing, development, branding, copywriting, layout, typography, imagery, production, and publicity--and how they interplay.

Need a model for a rock-solid communications designer? This is how it's done.

Here > Harris' company is Work...

Here > Most of the objects on the page are clickable and lead to interesting tidbits such as this...

Here > Here is the Work Photostream on Flickr...

Here > And their blog...

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Earn a certificate in typeface design

The goal of a new typography curriculum at The Cooper Union is to prepare students to design professional quality digital typefaces and lettering. The course, developed in conjunction with the Type Directors Club, offers a Certificate of Typeface Design. Classes are limited to 18 members and are scheduled on evenings and weekends to accom­modate working professionals.

Looks like an impressive lineup of instructors and guest lectureres.

Here > About the program...

Here > The core instructors are Jesse Ragan, the designer of Gotham and Archer (for Hoefler & Frere-Jones)...

Here > and Alexander Tochilovsky--a self-professed type-nerd...

Here > Faculty and lectureres...

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Designer: Which wristwatch design do you prefer? (Please read the text before you choose)

Do me a favor, come over to my Facebook page and help me with a little experiment. I'm curious as to which of these wristwatch designs you like best.

No, I'm not selling watches. I pose the question specifically to "designers only" because I'd like to see which design a designer selects when they are asked to choose something they did not design themselves. I'm using watches because (to me) they so clearly represent distinct design styles. Why explore? I'm guessing, if we get a decent sample, we will learn something significant.

To vote, choose "Comment" and give us the number of your choice and if you'd like, include a link to one of your designs so we can better understand your perspective. Have additional comments? We'd like to hear those too. One proviso--You don't need to love the design you choose. Just pick the one that most closely represents your aesthetic.

Here > Which watch?...

Here > Thanks to Watchismo.com for the use of the images--I have no affiliation with them but the site has a wonderful collection worth seeing....

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About the briefing

I try to remain as objective as possible about the information I share here. Unless otherwise stated, I receive no compensation from the organizations and people mentioned except for occasional product samples. Comments? Suggestions? Write me at [email protected]

Chuck Green