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 …

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 …

Black and White and Fascinating All Over: The History of B&W Checkerboard

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Her previous posts have touched on Adolf Loos, pattern consulting, pattern archives, and holiday wrapping paper. Here, she plumbs a simple, ubiquitous pattern—black-and-white checks, or tartan—that …

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 …

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 …

From the Mundane to the Magnificent: A Q&A with Patternity

Rarely does a design studio’s sensibility assert itself as strongly as that of Patternity, the London-based “pattern consultancy” founded by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham in 2009. With their positively addicting photo Tumblr, Murray (an art director ) and Winteringham …

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 …

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 …