The Internet's Lowest Pantone Library Price Just Got Lower

The Pantone Reference Library is basically the Cadillac of color collections. It contains all 5,000 colors of the Pantone Plus Series—including 336 new solid colors—and it comes in a nifty desktop display case that (unlike a Cadillac) actually has a …

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 …

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 …

R. Crumb's Sketchbooks

Robert “R.” Crumb is one of my favorite artists. Underground cartoonist, designer, illustrator, “drawer”—they all seem like inadequate titles when attached to his body of work. There was a show recently at the Society of Illustrators in New York City …

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 …

Armin Hofmann in Color

Armin Hofmann—Color (Armin Hofmann—Farbe) is an exhibition, or rather “a project,” by Fabienne Ruppen and Christof Nüssli that opens Wednesday, August 29, starting precisely at 6 p.m., and continues from August 30–September 28 at Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zürich. Until now, attention …

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 …