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. Her first book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available for pre-order from Bloomsbury. Follow her tweets on color at twitter.com/joodstew.

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Color Fan Invades TypeCon 2012

Color fans, I write having returned from TypeCon 2012 in Milwaukee, presented by the Society of Typographic Aficionados; the five-day conference wrapped up last Sunday. Welcome to the arcane land of typographers: a mental topos animated by kerning, sustained by …

The Curious Charm of Highlighter Yellow

This is exactly how many pairs of highlighter-yellow shoes I own: Well, these plus the mustard-yellow flats that are too scruffy to photograph, and the short blond cowgirl boots that aren’t, strictly speaking, technicolor-yellow enough. Because “strictly speaking” really describes …

Flying Colors: The Best and Worst of Flag Design

Bonne Bastille! I am a laggard this year on celebrating July 14, but  a no less ardent one. I’ve always been a particular fan of this dashing-to-smashing holiday—dashing until the smashing came along, that is. It puts me in mind …

What’s Black-and-White and Red All Over?

Newsprint, pop graphics, and zigzagging pixilation are making waves in graphic design lately—all in stark black-and-white, with only occasional flashes of color (usually cherry red). Here’s some of the hottest stuff we’ve seen. As a onetime and future Berliner, I …

Wunderkammer of Color: May 2012 Edition

Spring suffuses the natural world with color—but those with a keen eye know that color infiltrates city and town too, not to mention plenty of other nooks and crannies. Here are the hot color finds of the moment. All images: …

Pantone + AAU Color Lab: Color Meets Cause

How to make color speak forcefully and persuasively for social action? This spring, Pantone teamed up with Academy of Art University in San Francisco to tackle this question in an unusually applied course called Color in Action. Under the guidance …

Sprouting Pattern & Color: Q&A with Kapitza

I’m a long-time fan of Kapitza, the sister-duo Petra and Nicole Kapitza, who design clever patterns using font software. Their fonts not only help designers make smashingly inventive patterns, but they’re also useful as an alternative to stock illustrations. Kapitza …