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 twitter.com/joodstew.

Wunderkammer of Color: January 2013 Edition

What’s the very latest in the bright kaleidoscopic world of color? Let’s reach into the grab bag and find out. Many of you know I’m a sucker for oddball coloring books. So I just about leapt out of my skin at this 1971 J.C. Penney advertisement, pushing the color-block look: Another of my (numerous) color...

Black and White and Fascinating All Over: The History of B&W Checkerboard

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Her previous posts have touched on Adolf Loos, pattern consulting, pattern archives, and holiday wrapping paper. Here, she plumbs a simple, ubiquitous pattern—black-and-white checks, or tartan—that carries a dizzying variety of meanings across cultures and contexts. How many ideas can...

Where Do All the Winter Holiday Colors Come From?

Have you thrown in the pre-holiday productivity towel yet? Here’s hoping you’re already lolling over an eggnog, tending to that urgent gift-wrap origami. If not, we humbly offer a tantalizingly holiday-themed distraction for you to read furtively whenever the boss isn’t swanning by your desk. After all, it’s educational and season-appropriate to ask: where...

The Zigzagging World of Homemade Trucker Logos

It’s open season once again for long-haul holiday drives. Trundling between Chicago and Canton, Ohio, this Thanksgiving, my dude and I invented a novel car-trip game: Capture the Homemade Trucker Logo. We weren’t looking for large-scale trucking brands, the UPSes and FedExes of the world whose logos were styled by professional designers. Instead, our...

Gilded-Age Dogs Atop Penny-Farthings: A Tour of Philadelphia University’s Patterns Archive

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 and spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy.”  As part of my new series on pattern, I spoke recently with Sarah Moore, the textile curator of Philadelphia University’s Design Center. Moore...

From the Mundane to the Magnificent: A Q&A with Patternity

Rarely does a design studio’s sensibility assert itself as strongly as that of Patternity, the London-based “pattern consultancy” founded by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham in 2009. With their positively addicting photo Tumblr, Murray (an art director ) and Winteringham (a textile and surface designer) curate a previously unseen world of pattern, roving restlessly...

Merchandize! Marvelize! Monetize! with Color

The Color Revolution, a new book from MIT Press by the design historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk, explores the long and mostly unknown relationship between color and commerce, from the industrial revolution to the standardization of colors across industries. Exposing the central role that color plays in driving consumer desires, Blaszczyk explains how we came to live...

Is Ornament Actually a Crime?

This post marks the first installment of a new Imprint series about the intriguing visual archipelago that is pattern. Why and how do patterns—polka dots, stripes, and all their filigreed and more complex cousins—beguile us? What is the range of conflicting and buried meanings that individual patterns can convey? Pattern cuts across disciplines—art, design, and science, to...

Wunderkammer of Color: September 2012 Edition

Say it with me now: A-U-T-U-M-N! It’s on the way now: crisp evenings, bumpy gourds, apple-picking excursions (complete with hayrides)—and, of course, the stunning array of leaves that make this season so delightful for the color-obsessed. Let’s dive into some of the best color finds of the moment. Fresh from the New York International...

Wunderkammer of Color: August 2012 Edition

Welcome to the dog days of August, my friends. Here are the latest color finds to dazzle away some hours. Blue Moon, via Lifting of the Veil This August features two full moons, one on the first and the other on the thirty-first. This astronomical rarity qualifies the second full moon as a “blue”...