Get lost in color

Posted in Design

Pantone Color Chart

Part of the Pantone group of website, Colorstrology has a nice flash introduction to subtle and personal interpretation of color.

For the seriously color conscious splash into Pantone’s myColor myIdea. Note the lack of navigation. To see the content, just click on the high profile colors/designers at the top and the middle of the page or scroll down to the small color boxes at the bottom of the page to read the color profiles by less well know designers – like maybe you?

Inspirational online venue

Posted in Inspiration

Road trip photo essay from the

There’s no better source for inspiration than a nice long road trip. I took a cross country road trip in early 2010 with my eldest son. We did it in six days, not the three weeks David Eustace and his daughter did. We both took over a hundred pictures each day but the pace while not hurried was brisk. We should have taken three weeks – maybe two. Now I’m inspired to take a slower pace and better document my next trek. This is something I will do.

A beautiful online venue devoted to inspiration and creativity. The Anthropologist offers creative storytelling in varying formats. Underwritten by the retailer Anthropologie many of the projects are sponsored.

Some of the user interfaces are not as intuitive as they could be. If in doubt look for the pointing finger and click. It’s worth the exploration. The archives don’t seem to list all the projects. A search for the Anthropologist website will show a number of earlier projects that don’t seem to display in the site’s archive page. I can’t tell how often new artists are profiled so I’ve signed up for updates.

A little December story

Posted in Story

A little December story in one and a half minute by 328 Stories.

Make your mark

Posted in Design

New Sharpie colors

Threadless and Sharpie partner up with a design competition. The challenge is to “create a rad design based on 80’s Glam and utilizing Sharpie’s 80’s Glam colors!” Nice collection of prizes – $2000 in cash and about a $1000 in Threadless and Sharpie products – oh, and a standup arcade game.

One minute story

Posted in Story

Produced by the New York Times Magazine and directed by Solve Sundsbo, Fourteen Actors Acting answers the question ‘What kind of story can be told in just one minute?’

The brief black and white clips accompany the black-and-white portraits Sundsbo shot for “The Scene Makers: Actors Who Defined Cinema in 2010,” in the Hollywood Issue of The New York Times Magazine.

In their respective shorts, Matt Damon goes on a rant; Javier Bardem smashes things up; Michael Douglas reflects; Miss Portman undresses; Vincent Cassel dances and James Franco seduces himself.

Very short stories

Posted in Story

Illustration by Arthur Suydam of the moment he began to draw

Arthur Suydam, an iconic comic and sci-fi artist, illustrates and writes about the moment he began to draw.

What can be said in six words or less? Quite a lot. A limitless source for brainstorming showcases tiny stories with big hearts. Browse through the site and you’ll notice not all projects are limited to six words. A current project gathering material for an upcoming book  “The Moment,”  will be a compilation of stories of how a single moment changed ones life in a profound way. Not limited to six words the stories can be a few words or as long as 750 words. They can also be told told via a single or short series of images.

Pocket-sized and poignant, a published collection of the best Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure tells a lot about love and heartbreak in six words and the first printed compilation It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure are both examples of Smith Magazines earlier compilations and a great example of bottom up publishing.

Both the site and the books are best read in short bursts or bring with you to fire up some conversations.

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