Just wanted to say to everyone,
I hope 2008 is an amazing year for all of you...
But there is hope. Cirque du Soleil announced back in November that they will open a major new permanent show in 2010 at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, home of the Academy Awards. So those of you in LA, here's your chance to get in on the action!
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I am a chicken nacho connoisseur, always on the hunt for the perfect recipe.
Every birthday, my husband and I design and create birthday "crowns" for each other. They seem to get more and more elaborate every year. This carousel actually spun around.
So, there you have a few quirky facts about me.
Very happy holidays to everyone- I hope you all are enjoying yourselves. I, personally, am recovering from a prolonged food coma.
Caribou coffee, not Starbucks. The cozy ski lodge concept and aqua blue color scheme are very much in tune with the competition, but doesn't really scream Starbucks. Caribou has the leaping deer/reindeer, and Starbucks has the siren. Caribou has aqua, Starbucks has forest green. In essence, we could easily swap out Starbucks logo for Caribou's in their commercials, and the product would translate perfectly for their competition. So, am I missing something here?
One blog that never lets me down is Design Meltdown, by Patrick McNeil. Essentially a web designer critiquing and categorizing websites. Fascinating stuff.
His article on using pink on websites caught my eye. Here's a snippet from the article:
Some colors appeal to certain demographics; some have universal appeal; some are trendy; others are boring; but pink is the one color that when used well just makes me a jealous designer. Somehow this color can just ooze with style and elevate a site to an aesthetic other wise not possible. I love how this presumably feminine color can cut across the sex barrier and appeal to men and women alike.
One example of such a terrific site is SheUnlimited. This pink and black site is just beautiful. Looking at this site I can't help but wish I had come up with it. It is so refined, elegant, and just plane tasty. One great lesson to learn from this site is how much a wrapper for content can influence your expected response to the content. Without so much as reading a sentence I presume the content to be inelegant and well thought out; I don't expect flippant sloppy articles. The ability to shape expectations is tremendous and can ultimately lend to the success of a site. (source)
There is such a variety of sites to see here, you can really get a feel for the diverse messages the medium can communicate through color on a computer screen. How many of you thought about what the color on your blog or personal website says about you?
Consumers will have the power to select the flavor, color, name, logo, label, and tagline for the next Mountain Dew.This online experience includes a story-based game that features a live-action short film, and an animated story presenting various challenges that will give consumers the tools to develop every aspect of the new drink. The core idea is this: players have to complete the challenges in order to develop the new flavor of Mountain Dew, with the twist being that next year, people will vote on the best ideas, and the winner will actually be produced.
"To the best of our knowledge, a brand has never given consumers this much control," says a company representative. "We felt that the best way to fully engage consumers would be to give them the power to create a new product." (source)
Pepsi will hype the game mostly through online sources--although the company has prepared a 30-second television spot and outdoor executions to promote "DEWmocracy," according to a company representative.
I can understand wanting to involve your brand loyalists to help drum up some excitement about a new product, but to leave a product's complete development in the hands of the general public? What do you guys think of this approach?
Let's talk chain restaurants.
Panera Bread Company's mission is to "bring bakeries back to neighborhoods across America" ala, European neighborhood bakery-style.
Ruby Tuesdays is another chain, set to embrace the idea of a welcoming interior. They recently went through a major overhaul, revamping everything from their logo, to their interiors.
Here's their old look:
And their new one:
Brand New so elloquently put it, "Gone are black- and white- checkered tablecloths and the hodge-podge of sports memorabilia that adorned the walls and were reminiscent of Applebee’s or TGI Friday’s".
I went into a local Thai restaurant some time ago, and could barely stand to wait inside for my take-out order, let alone dine in. The entire place had been painted in a dreary gray blue. And I do mean everything- all the decorations on the walls had been spray-painted to match the walls. I'm not talking a sophisticated light gray, but a medium heavy tone that reminded me of wet clay. I wish I could recall the name of the restaurant, so I could drive out there and snap a picture for you to see. Anyways, it just struck me how important color is to developing the mood, ambiance, and even perception of value, in a restaurant.
myColor myIdea lets people learn about the colors that inspire some of today’s celebrity personalities in the graphics, fashion, beauty, architecture and interior design industries. Not necessarily trends, just personal preferences.
So, I was curious to see whom Pantone had nabbed for color quotes...
Patricia Field caught my eye, as she is the fabulous fashion stylist who did "Sex in the City". Turns out, her favorite color is that teeth-gritting ripe green you see above. And what did she have to say about it?
In this color I feel most balanced. It makes me feel calm. It makes me feel natural. It makes me comfortable. It makes me feel oxygen. It makes me feel life.- Patricia Field
Here's another one:
I love PANTONE 65-1-2 C because it reminds me of a beautiful hydrangea, my son's favorite flower. -Kelly Wearstler, Interior DesignerI'm not exactly sure what we are supposed to be getting out of this...
Tim Gunn, co-host of the reality series "Project Runway", chose beige as his inspirational color for interiors. Beige? He says,
There is a unique quality, resonance, richness and aura to this color that soothes and calms me. It’s restorative...It heals, it repairs, and it’s always part of me.-Tim Gunn
I think Pantone might be stretching things a bit, in their attempt to promote a new system of color specification products for graphic designers. To avoid confusion, the Pantone Goe System is different than the Pantone Matching System. I'd try to clarify how this new system differs, but honesty, I found it rather confusing! Those of you who are designers and own any of Pantone's crazy expensive fan decks are probably groaning right now. "Another fan deck to purchase?!"
What do you all think of this new site?
Without content, there is no form. Without form, there is no content. A work of art is realized when form and content are indistinguishable. -Paul Rand
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video stills via Imaginary Forces
The colour of a product, its packaging or the material used to promote it is often a crucial way of distinguishing the goods and services of one trader from those of another. The use of colour in a product or its packaging is widely recognised as being crucial to building a brand image and marketing and advertising agencies agonise long and hard when deciding which colour, or shade accurately reflect the brand values. (source)
But people are taking color trademarks the wrong way, and there is outrage on the web.
What people need to understand is that a color can be trademarked for branding purposes, but only within the scope of its specific industry niche. This actually isn't all that revolutionary. Owens-Corning has a trademark on the use of pink for insulation, and Tiffany & Co. has a trademark on its signature robin's-egg blue for their jewelry brand. Just think, if a construction company started using tiffany blue on their building materials, this would not affect Tiffany's brand.
I really want to squelch these common misconceptions that spread like wildfires online.
The sitcom, Ugly Betty, has garnered quite a bit of attention and interest from critics. The show even received a 2007 Art Director’s Guild Award. The producer’s directive for the show's look was, “I want it to look ridiculously fabulous.” I love this description:
Ad agencies, publishing houses, operating rooms, office cubicles: dull, duller and dullest.Then along came "Ugly Betty," set in the sleek, chic offices of a high-fashion magazine, and before you could say "Oscar de la Renta," that changed.
Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) and her co-workers spend their days in an environment where steel-gray file cabinets and dust-colored carpeting would be ashamed to show themselves. -source
Here's what set decorator Archie D'Amico had to say about color's role in the show's set design:
“We created a world of colorful counterpoints for the various characters’ sets and try to keep the explosions of color alive, well and kicking throughout each episode. Color is at the core of what distinguishes the sets and reflects the lives and work environments of the characters.”
For those of you who have seen "Ugly Betty", do you think they achieved their goal with color and its role in the show?
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Yeah, as some of you have pointed out, my header is all pixelated. There is a bug in Blogger's programing with banners added on or after December 1st. Hopefully, they will have things fixed soon!
In the meanwhile, if any of you were considering swapping out your custom header, I would suggest holding off 'til this is fixed.
For me, it's all about twinkly, colorful light displays. After all, this is the season of lights.
I submitted some snapshots of my neighborhood's glorious display of excess.
Check it out, vote for your favorite, or submit some of your own!