Color & Design

Print considers the overt and subtle impact of color in design. Our contributors have covered projects that link color and design with social action, Damien Hirst, and Pinterest, to name just a few. A brand’s color scheme is as much a part of its identity as any logo. With Imprint’s vibrant and thoughtful coverage of color in its multiplicity of hues, we’ve got all the color design ideas to spark rainbows of inspiration.

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How to Make *#$%* Mistakes on Purpose!

Have trouble being creative under the gun? This workshop helps foster inspiration by teaching designers how to make mistakes on purpose. “Here’s what to do when it’s too late to go walking in the woods, get burrs stuck in your pants and invent Velcro all over again.” So explained Laurie Rosenwald last Thursday evening...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Color and Pattern Trends from the Spring 2014 Fashion Shows

The spring ’14 runway shows have come and gone and I am thrilled to bring you a few trend highlights from the four week event. Patterns have taken a back seat for the past several seasons, but Spring ’14 appears to be the season of the print, with many apparel designers using pattern and...

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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...

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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...

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, "Mad Magazine" truly ruled and paved the way for "National Lampoon" and Saturday Night Live.