Marsala, Pantone’s colour of year for 2015

Thursday, 11 December, 2014

Pantone Marsala

The surest sign yet that the working year is close to an end… Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2015. Marsala it is.

A year ago I was gunning for Pantone 185 C as a future possible colour of the year, as it is the reddish hue that curently adorns disassociated. Maybe 2016?

The people at Quartz have kindly made the shade’s RGB, CMYK, and Hex numbers available, should you wish to whip up some Marsala in your web or print work.

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The typography of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

I linked to Dave Addey’s analysis of the typography of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, earlier in the year, and since that time he’s written similar articles on “Moon” by Duncan Jones, and now Alien by Ridley Scott.

This title card from Alien is an example – possibly the Ur Example – of a popular sci-fi trope, the Foreshadowing Inventory. Seven crew, you say? Hmm. Seven. Let’s hope nothing disastrous happens to them, one by one. And their course is set for a return to Earth, eh? Well, I’m sure that’s the likely outcome for this particular story.

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Is there such a thing as an unusual flying car? Apparently there is…

Friday, 5 December, 2014

It’s flying cars you want? Well as it happens there is some choice when it comes to such vehicles… even if this particular selection is deemed to be unusual.

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Economists on breakfast cereal boxes, who deserves a spot?

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

I have a thing with breakfast cereal boxes. Having said that, I don’t collect, or, for that matter, hoard them, even those that are full, but they have a certain significance that I may, or may not, say more about at a later time. Cryptic I know, but there you have it.

On the subject of breakfast cereal boxes though, if you had to, just for the sake of it, match an economist with a certain breakfast cereal box, such as “Special K” for instance, who might that be? If you think you can match one with the other, then the Marginal Revolution University is the place to be.

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On folding up a world record paper airplane

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

Because, when you build paper aeroplanes, you should strive to build the best paper aeroplanes.

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Movie posters for the sequels that never were (to date that is)

Monday, 24 November, 2014

Mad Max prequel by Evan Yarbrough

The easiest part of producing a sequel, or prequel, for a film… creating the movie poster. Question, would we want to take the process any further? In some cases, no, I don’t think so…

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Creative thoughts are child’s play in this giant birds nest

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

Photo by OGE CreativeGroup

I suspect that the giant birdsnest for creating new ideas, complete with egg shaped cushions, an item of furniture that – as the name would suggest – is intended to trigger creative thoughts, will not just appeal to adults.

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Get under your own skin with some medical animations

Friday, 14 November, 2014

From Hybrid Medical Animation in Minneapolis, medical animations… likely the best way see what’s happening under your skin.

Via Hypnophant.

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A typewriter with Comic Sans typeface, will these catch on?

Friday, 24 October, 2014

As a font, Comic Sans can’t be regarded as being too flippant, especially if there is a typewriter – purpose designed in this instance by Pittsburgh based artist and educator Jesse England – that sports the much maligned typeface.

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And the hardest part of typeface design is?

Thursday, 23 October, 2014

The font, or typeface, you’re looking at here, right now, is called Agenda Medium. Its design, by Font Bureau, is based on a font created for signage and the like on the London Underground in 1916. But that doesn’t explain how Agenda Medium came to be named Agenda Medium.

There may be a reason for that though. Of the many, long, steps involved in bringing forth a typeface, naming it is seemingly the hardest part of the process.

Years ago, I asked one of my mentors what he thought was the hardest part of designing a typeface. I was expecting “the cap S” or “the italic lowercase” or something like that. But he answered without hesitation: the name. Finding the name is the hardest part.

Well, that surprised me.

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