Thursday, January 27, 2011

Radically Porsche

Designboom came up with a contest to radicalize a Porsche Cayman in a visually, stimulating way. Check out the entries, they're quite interesting.
In any case, the contest inspired me. I wondered what would happen if you covered a Porsche with an architectural texture, such as yellow tiling,  flooring, wallpaper or brick. You can find out here. Create your own Porsche with wood, metal, stone or wallpaper.
have fun!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Publicolor Adds Color to Schools

I love this: non-profit Publicolor paints schools in New York. Their mission is to engange students with their schools by painting it in real bright colors with their very own hands. Simple idea, powerful result. Check the Publicolor website for pictures of some of the schools before and after.
Publicolor also provides opportunities for mentorship, career workshops and college counseling. This way they inted to break to poverty cycle by providing the students with valuable, marketable skills.

There's the power of color for you….

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Facade Printer

What happens when you tie a paintball gun to a robot, connected to a computer? You get a device that can do this:
Some smart guys in Germany produced this device and call it the Facade Printer. A work of art can be entered into the computer, gets converted to a pixel file and is shot dot by dot onto a facade. So it allows to shoot huge paintings on big walls.
What a great idea!
I can't wait to connect it to Colorjive. How about dragging and dropping a new color onto a building. For real!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Live Colors in Ancient Drawings

The colors of the 40,000 year old 'Bradshaw' drawings in Australia appear to be alive. They consist of micro-organisms rather than pigments. It is because of this 'live' pigment that the drawings are still quite vivid and retain high contrast. Researchers recently published a report on this subject.

The researchers say that the current colors may not be the original ones. Interestingly, the ancient drawings are not being eaten by bacteria and fungi, instead they follow the lines meticulously. The researches suppose this is because the surface of the rock was etched, so that the micro organisms could grow. It may be that the original paint already contained the organisms.
Thanks to the light of the sun, the paintings have been kept 'alive' for thousands of years. It appears that the micro-organisms are very well able to adapt to changes in humidity and temperature. This may be the secret of the longevity of the drawings.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Colors of Insect Wings

Generations of biologists seem to have missed the colors of insect wings. The colors are invisable when viewed against a light background. Which is exactly how biologists look at insects. But against a dark background, the colors come to live and form amazing patterns.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New year's resolution: blogposts twice a week

From now on, and for as long as I have something meaningful to say, I'll post color knowledge tidbits on this weblog. I have 20 years of experience in the color business and wrote quite a lot on the subject. So now you can expect a piece of it every tuesday and friday.
(Image by Tom Moody)