Author Archives: Jude Stewart

About Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart is a PRINT contributing editor. She has written on design and culture for Slate, Fast Company, The Believer, I.D., Metropolis, and Design Observer, among many others. She has authored two books, both published by Bloomsbury: ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color (2013) and Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage and Other Graphic Patterns. Follow her tweets on color at


The Infinitely Deep Colors of Winter

In winter, you can contemplate infinite variations of a single hue: All the shades inherent in white, gray, blue, how each edges into the next. The light enters the sky at a wholly different angle, producing unusual shadows, always racing towards dusk. I swear winter changes the timbre of sounds: on a frigid cold...


10 Fantastical Holiday Gift Ideas for Color Fans

Sharpen your pencils and fire up your browsers, color-mavens. The holidays are officially on, and it’s high time to go shopping. Here are the top 10 color-themed gifts this holiday season: First, the splurges. I fell instantly in love with these color-wheel rugs by French designer Constance Guisset for Italian rugmaker Nodus. Thanks, Fast...


An Offbeat History of Wrapping Paper

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Previously, she asked whether ornament is really a crime, spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy,” and toured Philadelphia University’s patterns archive. Here’s a holiday statistic that’ll blow your hair back: The Guardian reports that we collectively use...

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7 Smashing Holiday Gifts for Pattern Design Fans

Crazed for patterns? Short on holiday-shopping ideas? We got you covered! Below we’ve gathered fantastic gift ideas for anyone whose eyes sparkle at the notion of a kicky pattern design. Start with Fido. A sharp dog counts as a clever fashion accessory (even as his value well transcends that role). Why not outfit your...

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Wunderkammer of Color: November 2013 Edition

Greetings, color fans! Here are my latest, juiciest chromatic finds: Are they wasabi- or pea-green? Nuclear Granny Smith or—my controversially favorite color—highlighter yellow? Whatever hue you assign to them, New York City’s hybrid fleet of “Boro taxis” hit the city’s streets last August and, more recently, The New York Times. Licensed to cruise only...


An Unofficial Visual History of Camouflage

It’s uncanny, the similarities between birthing babies and books. No sooner do you pop out the first one, folks start eagerly chatting you up about #2. While the jury remains out on sibling-making for our son, I’m at least equipped with an answer for what I’ll tackle for book #2: a popular history of...


ROY G. BIV: Outtakes from a Color Maven Tour

Color mavens, the universe just keeps on giving. One month into the release of my new book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, I’ve amassed a wealth of intriguing new facts, lore and stories. Here are a few of my best finds. Exactly how many shades of gray are there? Steve...