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.

Q & A with Color Maven Jessi Arrington

Perched near the tippy-top of the pantheon of all-time color fans you’ll find Jessi Arrington, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based design studio WORKSHOP. Jessi debuted in The New York Times in May 2011 as a member of Studiomates, a co-working collective gathering some of design’s most up-and-coming types, including Swissmiss founder Tina Roth Eisenberg, typographer...

Pantone Celebrates 50 Years of Color

Pantone is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the release of a special, limited-edition Pantone Plus Series. The new kit includes 560 new colors for a total of 1,677.

Weekend Heller – February 15, 2013

Typographic Roamin’ in Rome This Summer Now in its fifth season, The SVA Masters Workshop in Rome, is a unique way to learn about type and typography, book and lettering design, as well as architecture, art, archeology, epigraphy, and even Italian cuisine. Study with the best typographers and designers in Italy. Visit the Trajan Column...

Color And Pattern Punch from New York Fashion Week 2013

I’m a sucker for fashion-watching, not least because this strays well outside my usual professional bailiwick. At the same time, and feel free to borrow my elaborate reasoning to excuse your own extracurricular horseplay, parsing the trends in color and pattern in fashion can be a useful lens on other areas of design. After...

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor Don Anderson, author of “The Art Of Written Forms”) that I ran across them...

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...

Tanaka-san, Color Man

Lucas López from Buenos Aires has just published a little jewel called Ikko Tanaka: Colour and Silence, marking the ten year anniversary of Tanaka’s death (1930–2002). The self-generated book is the first one in Spanish and can be found here.

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...

Graphically Seasoned Greetings!

Last year at this time, I did a post on past holiday cards that J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. has sent out over the years. This year I’m presenting some of the greetings the studio has RECEIVED throughout the years! They all speak for themselves . . . and my apologies to Steven Heller and...

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 pretty small footprint. If you work for an agency, an in-house marketing department, a...