This is the Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre, London. Drivers only have a few seconds to catch a glimpse of this school as they fly by along a busy highway. I would imagine this certainly catches their attention, right? "A key aim was to create a new civic landmark in which the pupils, staff and wider community felt a sense of pride and ownership and the boldly coloured exterior reflects the new sense of aspiration."(source) Very citrusy and fresh, I think.
Or how about this one. Question: if you had to live in public housing, where would you rather live: here?
Wansey Street Housing is "a gap site between different typologies, the scheme reinterprets the terrace with 21st century requirements for density, flexibility, sustainability, ownership and security. The graduated, striped composition of the façade - a progression from canary yellow to vermilion - links buff-coloured, London stock Victorian terrace and red brick former town hall." (source) I just love the color treatment!
Of course, part of what draws me to these buildings is the bright, saturated colors. But I don't think they would be nearly as successful if the bulk of the facades weren't broken up into smaller parts to break up the massive feeling of the structure. What do you think?
"an exhibition that will examine objects and artworks where colour is the first aspect that the viewer responds to, and the impact of colour, their most memorable feature."
I love that the exhibit delves into why people respond to color as they do. Case in point:
"A very intense and saturated blue can be much more energizing to the heart and mind than a dark, somber red, defying the common notion that blue calms and red stimulates. Colour is a powerful tool capable of affecting emotional well-being and intellectual motivation."(source)
"Toys represent a microcosm of man’s world and dreams.While in Santa Fe, we visited the Museum of International Folk Art, where they had the puppet exhibit I wrote about earlier. On permanent display at the museum was an ENORMOUS collection of toys, traditional arts, village scenes, textiles, and other art collected by Alexander and Susan Girard. And talk about a colorful exhibit!Even the ceiling beams have colorful accents. No sterile white gallery space here. They spent their lives traveling around the globe and collecting. And boy, did they ever collect. We're not talking a trinket here, and a little object there. On their honeymoon, they traveled to Mexico and returned with a carload of dolls, toy, and things for their home.
They exhibit fantasy, imagination, humor and love.
They are an invaluable record and expression of man's ingenious unsophisticated imagination."
With 100,000 objects, entire village scenes can be represented. Dolls are not just displayed on the shelf with nice lighting- they are placed in a scene, creating little worlds.
There are over 100 countries represented in the exhibit which Girard designed personally to showcase the art objects. The amount of energy that must have gone into the creation of this exhibit is mind-boggling. Every piece is placed in an appropriate environment.
Astonishingly, only 10% of the full collection is on display- there's still 90% in storage somewhere! I say they need to put together a traveling exhibit so everyone can enjoy the collection.
The colors of New Mexico are fantastic. With the dusty pink earth and sage brush everywhere, the accent color of choice is blue, blue, blue. Look, they even accentuated the overpasses in turquoise: nice touch, don't you think?
This inlaid stone design gives you a pretty good idea of the palette. Beautiful soft adobe tones.
I thought this was funny- one writer said Santa Fe buildings looked like boxes that had been buttered and rolled in brown sugar.
Here's another view across the Plaza.
The ordinance does go to some rather ridiculous extremes. Even the ATM machine is appropriately dressed for downtown.
There's been a lot of debate over the restricted architectural styles allowed in the historic district. Some complain that it's too strict, and impedes development, while others argue it protects a very unique place, giving it the character that makes it so memorable.
What do you think? Thumbs up, or down?
Can you believe that there is not one professional color consultant on their panel of judges? Ah, but we do have a cosmetics person (?!)
Deadline for submission is October 9th, 2009.
Used as a method of communication and social commentary, these shows pay homage to important ceremonies like weddings, elections, or holidays. Performances are usually based on classical Indian literature and incorporates contemporary issues into particular scenes. While not traditional, I thought this interpreted storyline was great. Yup, that's Saddam Hussein and George Bush.
What fascinated me was the traditional used for creating specific characters of wayang. Each represents a particular identity, essence, and social status.
Some characters have round, wide eyes with big pupils, and others have thin slanted, downcast eyes. Turns out, the round eyed characters (called kasar) are "uncouth and poorly-mannered", whereas the thin eyed characters (halus) are "refined and gracious".
Standard colors are also used to portray personality traits and moods.
Human characters are gold, black, white or red
Gold=dignity and calmness
Black = strength, anger, inner maturity
White = youth, innocence, or nobility
Red = intense, violent anger, callous nasty personality, or boldness
Faces can also be painted pink, blue or green.
So, why don't the characters look anything like humans? According to one source, Islam forbids the depiction of the human form which is one of the reasons given for the highly stylized appearance of Javanese puppets compared to their counterparts elsewhere in South East Asia.
I find it fascinating to learn about symbolism in other countries and cultures. Doesn't it make life that much more rich and interesting?
*Unless noted, I took the photos
The 8 Colors of Fitness Quiz
The quiz works in conjunction with a book called (surprise, surprise!) "The 8 Colors of Fitness; a guide to help you discover your color-coded fitness personality and create an exercise program you'll never quit"
I'm intrigued. It seems sort of like a horoscope prediction, but I'm willing to give it a shot. As a rather easily- distracted person, I can hyper-focus on something for a short period of time, but rarely have the discipline to stick it out, long-term. I absolutely need an exercise buddy to accomplish my fitness goals. I wonder what it will say about me... let's all take it so we can compare notes.
but I don't really agree with the results, so if I take the test again, what will it say?
Hm, this is really hard. Similar to a polarity profile, the questions ask you to select one of two choices for each descriptive phrase about your approaches in life. I have trouble pigeon-holing myself into one option or the other.
Thanks to the the Color Association for the tip!
For instance, how did they come up with a particular shade of blue to use for a specific toolbar?
A designer had picked out a blue that everyone on his team liked. But according to tests conducted by a product manager, users were more likely to click on the toolbar if it were a greener shade of blue. After this dilemma, Google tested 41 gradations of the competing blues to see which ones consumers might prefer. Just blue? I don't think so.
Another tidbit of interesting trivia. Ever wonder how Google came up with the minimalistic home page design? Thank Marimekko prints for that inspiration: bold blocks of saturated colors against a white background. This design is the brainchild of Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer web products (essentially Google's gatekeeper). Her aesthetic runs towards clean and simple, mirroring her childhood home and current penthouse in San Francisco which is painted in neutral hues and decorated with colorful pieces by Dale Chihuly, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and Roy Lichtenstein.
A lover of simplicity, coupled with vibrant color and a touch of whimsy...now that's my kind of designer!
Here's a peak at a wild example.:
designers intended for the building to reflect Disneyland in its use of colors.(source) In their statement about the design, they say,
"pastel shades were the obvious choice avoiding bright or dark colors like red, green, orange. The form & colors are like a composition with one complimenting each other and not standing apart, it’s like fruit basket where all the fruits of different shapes & colors form a perfect composition." (source)I do love that they were willing to take chances, and truly commited to embracing color.
Nickelodeon cartoon and less functional design. I just keep thinking, "children's play structure at the mall". Is it just me? Maybe it's my taste that runs more towards clean, simple forms and palette, but this just feels SO over the top and out of control to me. My take? Stimulus overload!
What do you guys think? I'd love to hear your opinions.