Wunderkammer of Color: March 2013 Edition

Hidey-ho, color fans. Time to crack open the Wunderkammer and explore the latest and most brilliant finds, like these dazzling CMYK-style earrings by Daisuke Motogi for Japanese design retailer massitem.com. (Hat tip to Design Boom and Proto-JP Tumblr for unearthing …

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 …

Wunderkammer of Color: May 2012 Edition

Spring suffuses the natural world with color—but those with a keen eye know that color infiltrates city and town too, not to mention plenty of other nooks and crannies. Here are the hot color finds of the moment. All images: …

Sprouting Pattern & Color: Q&A with Kapitza

I’m a long-time fan of Kapitza, the sister-duo Petra and Nicole Kapitza, who design clever patterns using font software. Their fonts not only help designers make smashingly inventive patterns, but they’re also useful as an alternative to stock illustrations. Kapitza …

More Color Smarts, by Parsons' Color Theory Team

Welcome back to an ongoing, freewheeling conversation on color with Thomas Bosket and Langdon Graves, who both teach color theory at Parsons The New School for Design. (Read part 1 to catch up.) Do you have any knockout students in …