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: ttp://parkstepp.tumblr.com/post/28276328477/ikenbot-once-in-a-blue-moon-funny-youd-say

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” moon. Sadly, don’t count on a blueberry-stained Luna on the final day of August—the saying is apparently strictly metaphorical. (Widespread forest fires or pervasive volcanic ash can temporarily color the moon.)

Something about moongazing always puts me in mind of autumn. Prep yourself early, leaf peepers! Here are five mobile apps for leaf-peeping optimization. I also just learned the Japanese term for vivid red maple-leaf watching: momijigari. It pairs well with aki no mikaku, traditional Japanese foods for fall. It’s a marvelous, redolent list: chestnuts, pine mushroom, pike mackerel, persimmons, Japanese sweet potatoes, and Japanese pears.

Chestnut, via  http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotodawg/266627494/

Chestnut, via FotoDawg

Fall simply wouldn’t, without Pantone’s fall color forecast. Something about the return of cozier weather, replete with sweaters, scarves, woolen socks—it seems fitting to inaugurate the return of crispness with a brand-new color palette. Pantone’s picks this year look especially smart. In particular, I like the pairing of its 2012 color, Tangerine Tango, with a moody purple dubbed Rhapsody.

From Pantone's fall 2012 color report: http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr.aspx?pg=20948&ca=4

From Pantone's fall 2012 color report: http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr.aspx?pg=20948&ca=4

From Pantone’s fall 2012 color report

I thoroughly applaud purple with orange, particularly if you tweak the saturation so that one is more muted or dusty-hued and the other bright and crystalline-sharp.

Serendipity interlude: I just Googled “orange and purple” and found acres and acres of bounteous pics of orange-and-purple-themed weddings. How fantastic!

Via http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/purple-and-orange

Via Weddingbee

Autumn is so firmly associated with school—freshly scrubbed faces, glowingly buffed red apples. It’s so damn wholesome that my thoughts go perversely devilish. To that end, let’s close today with a thoughtful evocation from the Devil. Old Nick keeps one eye peeled for color changes, hints of atmospheric alterations, juicy opportunities for sin. Hope you find a few before school starts, too!

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.” —Death in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Via http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedehetre/4550182450/

Via davedehetre

Pantone sale heads-up: Starting Monday, August 20, all Pantone products will be 10 percent off at MyDesignShop.com.

Color & Design, Imprint: Print Magazine's Design Blog, Jude Stewart

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3 thoughts on “Wunderkammer of Color: August 2012 Edition

  1. Jude Stewart Post author

    Agreed, Kris and Paper Acrobat (nice to see you back, btw!). Color prediction may be mostly art (or, less charitably, hype), but let no-one say there’s no science to it. Pantone’s picks are always well-considered, building on previous year’s palettes and edging our wardrobes and products forward into new color areas.