Monday, May 23, 2011

The difference between designing for the public and for the individual

People tend to make a distinction between designing a color scheme for interior and for exterior. But in my experience, it doesn't make much difference. However, there's huge difference between designing for public space and for private space. In fact the difference is so big that while I consider myself an expert on color in public space, I don't consider myself qualified for color design in private space. So what's the difference?
In private space, the personal feelings, tastes and biasses of the owner are leading. So it's a highly personal and psychologcal process: you need to understand your client's personal needs and circumstances. Only then you'll be able to come up with a plan that fits your client's personality. You have to know the tricks and methods of the process.
In public space, on the other hand, the process is very different. Frist you need to try and find out the needs and circumstances of the community that occupies that space. Obviously, getting to know a community is different from trying to understand an individual. In public space, it is inevitable to go with generalizations. You also have to understand how MOST people react to color in general, rather than the peculiarities of one individual person.
In short: public space requires working with groups, while public space requires dealing with an individual. It is not the same at all….

Monday, May 9, 2011

Help Mark Zuckerberg pick colors for his new home

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just bought a new home. But isn't it a bit bland? All white, no color? Doesn't the guy who runs the world's largest social network deserve a more colorful place to come home to after a hard day's work?
Please help Mark seek out new colors for his home. Click on the images below to change the colors. When you're done, you can post it on Facebook.
Have fun!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blue underpants, your key to business success!

Did you know that orange underpants are the key to your emotional success? I sure didn't. But it says so on onrangeunderpants dot com (visit at your own peril), so it must be true.
"I must admit that talking about the color of your undies was much like not having a missing tooth, a bit personal. Still, to try is to speak from experience and I found that orange undies have an amazing effect. It is like carrying around a subconscious security blanket – only you know you have it."
I have no orange underpants, so that must be the reason I'm an emotional wreck.

However, I'm pretty sure that my blue underpants are key to my business success. And pink underpants are key to success in love. For some of us, at least.
What do you want to succeed in? Choose your own color of underpants in the widget below.