Most people might not like insects, but there's no reason to not appreciate the beauty of butterflies. They get to be insanely beautiful, in a variety of colors and patterns, which is super amazing. Also, I love the fact that their markings are symmetric and look so much like the Rorschach test. It's pretty fantastic, really. I hope you appreciate these, and don't forget to click each photo to visit each photographer's page! Cheers. ;)
We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured logos with rabbits and today we're featuring logos using RGB! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;) ]
The book suggestion of this week is about compositions, black and white layouts more precisely. The book title is Palette 01: Black & White - New Monochrome Graphics by Viction Workshop and it's also part of the Viction Palette series. Palette 01: Black & White is the first in a new series from Victionary. It collects only the most engaging design work making use of just two colors - Black & White. The range of projects created with just these two shades is sure to amaze, as the designers featured have completed an incredibly diverse spectrum of 2D and 3D products that focus on aspects such as scale, pattern, positive and negative space, line work, typography and previously underutilized materials. Many designers get that faraway look in their eyes when asked about art school, reminiscing about remedial classes spent focusing on simple skills essential to the mastery of their trade - late nights refining lines, doing contour drawings, and developing shading. The mature designer draws on these lessons and is able to create knock-out work without the use of color in response to both simple and complex briefs. This book comes in two random alternate covers: Black or White. Buy Now
This is the RGB Colorspace Atlas, in other words, it's "THE" book of colours showcasing all possible colours that the human eye can possibly see. This atlas has about 3,632 pages of beautiful colours. Created by Tauba Auerbach. For more information about Tauba Auerbach, you can visit his website at Taubaauerbach.com. All Rights to Tauba Auerbach All Rights to Tauba Auerbach All Rights to Tauba Auerbach All Rights to Tauba Auerbach All Rights to Tauba Auerbach All Rights to Tauba Auerbach
Renan Penante is an illustrator from Brazil and his illustrations have a lot of flavors. With a unique style he is able to convey such great concepts into fun & colorful illustrations. For more from Renan visit penante.carbonmade.com and behance.net/penante About the Artist Renan Penante is an illustrator from Brazil and his illustrations have a lot of flavors. With a unique style he is able to convey such great concepts into fun & colorful illustrations. For more from Renan visit penante.carbonmade.com and behance.net/penante
Adhemas Batista also known as I'm Selling Colors, is a self-taught visual artist from São Paulo City in Brazil but now based in Los Angeles, USA. With a package experience since 1996, Adhemas has worked with many huge brands including Adobe, Coca-Cola, Puma, Honda and of course Havaianas. I am sharing a showcase of his works dating from 2009 to 2011, enjoy it! To know more about Adhemas Batista also known as I'm Selling Colors, you can check out his website at Adhemas.com or follow him on Twitter @adhemas.
Alessandro Pautasso, aka Kaneda, a photographer, graphic designer, and illustrator based in Turin Italy. Kaneda is specialized in vector art and lately have been experimenting a lot portraits creating a mixture of photography and vector that is really amazing, check it out! For more from Alessandro visit www.nosurprises.it Abstract Come to the Water Divas
This is a mix from a few different photography series taken by Matthias Heiderich. It shows the different colors and shapes that you can find on the architecture of the big city of Berlin. This collection of photographs is so strong and inspiring. Make sure to check out more photography from Matthias at www.matthias-heiderich.de
The Central St. Giles Court is a building complex located in Camden, London. The main idea of the project is to break the concept of a simple office building and transform it into a multi usage complex with space to multiple activities. The project is a partnership among Renzo Piano and Fletcher Priest. The concept of bringing activities to this area was really nice, and to do that they combined restaurants, stores, offices and even residential spaces in one location. The buildings have colorful facades and form a beautiful contrast with London's grey landscape. Another interesting thing about this project was that the buildings were elevated in 6m to invite people to walk through it, to participate. Enjoy the images and also visit rpbw.com for more information. © Michel Denance © Michel Denance © RPBW ph. Maurits van der Staay © RPBW ph. Maurits van der Staay © Michel Denance © RPBW ph. Maurits van der Staay © RPBW ph. Maurits van der Staay Each facet is unique, differing in height, orientation, color, and relationship to natural light. Glass, steel and ceramic are the primary elements of the skin. In each fact the ceramic is used in different shade and colors that respond to the surrounding building, thus helping to integrate the scheme in the immediate urban environment. © RPBW ph. Maurits van der Staay © Hufton & Crow, Courtesy L&G and MEC © Hufton & Crow, Courtesy L&G and MEC © RPBW © RPBW © RPBW © RPBW ph. Joost Moolhuijzen © RPBW
This is a really special project. A school for children developed with an amazing care both in aesthetic appeal as the internal planning, and of course the main function that deserves our full attention, offering to the childrens a unique learning and consequently grow as individuals. Located in China, Dalian is a school project by Debbas Architecture. In this project what attracted our attention is mainly is the arrangement of buildings, the architects have created several blocks rotated thinking of a better use of solar in all the environments. In this program we have spaces such as classrooms, sleeping rooms, bathrooms with showers, kitchen and dining area, ballet and music rooms, reading area and, of course, an outdoor area with a large playground for kids. They deserve it! © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer Overall, our concept was to create a fluid and spiritual environment distant from the more mechanistic, rigid and prosaic late-modern designs that have come before it. We want to allow the architecture to invigorate a child’s sense of wonder and generate unique memories without resorting to theatrical stage design or applied nostalgic detailing. © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer
A website is the window to the soul of an Internet business as well as the people behind it. It may have a positive or may be a negative effect on your end result. If you take the time to think about what your visitors want and how they want to get it, then you’re already on the right track to creating a site that will tap into the psychological drives of your target audience. There are somethings more important to a successful website than its design. A good website is noticeable to not just designers, but to everyone who will visit your website. When you see a website for the first time, you tend to make an instant judgement on its quality and relevance. Even if it is done subconsciously, we are able to take a fairly accurate impression very quickly. Web designs busy with too many elements fail. In that, they attempt to express too much, confuse visitors and make interaction stressful. On the other hand, those which are too barren or sparse fail to build trust or convey purpose. Important Factors in Website Designing: There are some factors which act like determinants for making a good website. These actually contribute a lot in enhancing the usability and experience of the visitors on the website. The factors are listed below: You need to be very particular about images that suit your website the best. The focus of the page— the area where your eyes tend to look when you visit a page for the first time. Be particular about the object you tend to focus on— a single wrong move can ruin the expected traffic Get a hold of your competitors— what their website look like. Simplicity is the best policy and there is a need to create a balance between quantity and quality— be concise and qualitative. This is where psychology helps you! Psychological principles are either looked upon as unnecessary, or too complicated. The human mind is able to recognize a combination of general human psychological and website design factors in the same way where you are able to recognize several letters jumbled together as a specific word and assign meaning to it. When you break it down, web design is simply the manipulation of content and images on a website to appeal to the perceptions of a target audience. When you are trying to make a website that stands out amongst the rest, that has a high conversion rate and performs well, you need to get more specific with your designs. To help you with all this, here we load you with some of the best psyches of humans, which can actually help you to create not only a website that stands out but, the one which leaves a deep impression in the minds of the visitors. Don't let them think that they have landed up in a Wasteland There are certain things that someone naturally, or to put it in other words, have already made a perception that they would see certain things right away when landing to a page. The only things that people expect is the purpose of the site and the form of navigation menus. The designs compliment and reinforces the message. They even expect certain things to be at certain places. People expect blog posts on the front page of a blog. They expect products on the front page of an e-commerce site. And in most cases, they expect some kind of “about” information and a contact page. Trust, is What is In Demand Trust doesn’t come easily, especially in this age of scams, schemes, and unsavory characters, which are readily available online. No matter how recommended the website is, one becomes really suspicious if they visit a website and then, it asks for any personal information. Internet is often considered as a black hole of personal information and creates a terror in the minds of the users, be it clients or the clients' client. With this in mind, try and inculcate that trustworthy design in your website by making use of design psychology. Symbolism of Colours Colours are the non-verbal communicators and go beyond the limits of ink. It all depends on how our mind perceive and associate meanings with each colour. But the colours have a deep impact on how your visitors perceive your site, reinforcing the message you want to portray, only if the selection of the colours is right. Red Fiery and passionate, strength, boldness, excitement, determination, desire, courage. It stimulates people to make quick decisions. Orange Enthusiasm, cheerfulness, affordability, stimulation, creativity, and is highly accepted among young people. Yellow A warm, happy color. It is attention-grabbing, comfort, liveliness, intellect, happiness, energy. It stimulates mental activity. Green Durability, reliability, safety, honesty, optimism, harmony, freshness. Green can sometimes represent inexperience. On the flip side, green is sometimes associated with envy or jealousy. It has been known to drive people away, so in most cases, unless the website is associated with nature, it is better to use it only for website accents. Blue Depth, stability, professionalism, loyalty, reliability, honour, trust. It proves to be calming and cool, but too much can be depressing. It is often associated with corporate images. Purple/Violet Long associated with royalty and wealth. It’s also a spiritual colour— power,nobility, luxury, mystery, royalty, elegance, magic are its phenomenal characteristics. Black Elegance, sophistication, formality, strength, mystery, with a bit of chameleon touch. White Cleanliness, purity, newness, virginity, peace, innocence, and simplicity. Brown A wholesome and down-to-earth colour that denotes stability and reliability. Grey Neutral and balanced. Conservatism, traditionalism, intelligence, seriousness depicts “Grey”. Colours make us feel a certain way, so they can and should be used to support the purpose of a website. Reinforcing Concepts Psychological and emotional triggers are the most valuable tools in influencing visitors. The images you use on your sites can either help or confuse visitors. A well-chosen image can put your visitor at ease, making your intensions clear enough. Every page ought to have a focus. Your design needs to put the emphasis on the focal element of every page. Abstract images may prove helpful, and sometimes work quite well if they tend to focus on a vital subject. They may have different meanings to different people. Therefore, their use should be minimal. That concludes us to by far the most important concept of white space and breathing room. If a visitor arrives on a page filled with every possible thing imaginable, there are possibilities that they are likely to become claustrophobic. “Whitespace,” or “negative space” is the space between elements in a composition. More specifically, the space between major elements in a composition is “macro whitespace.” - MARK BOULTON - Whitespace article for A list Apart Don't let your visitors experience the negative space on your site. Try and encourage your readers to focus on a thing and then, take the appropriate action. Incorporating not so essential information within the 'Z' reading zone means your visitors may leave the site before they find what they’re looking for. People tend to read in a “Z” pattern on a website, starting across the top from the left and ending in the bottom right corner of their screen. So, try and follow this technique to be able to hold readers. Now that we are well aware of the psychological approach behind almost each and every website design, it becomes important to avail you with the information regarding incorporating these techniques into your website designs — Its high time that you start figuring out who your target audience is. It can range from a tech-savvy, to a layman who just checks out a website for photos. Being well aware of the target audience helps you to aim right at bulls' eye and nothing can actually stop that bait or in other words, trigger. Its advisable that you follow and act on customers' advices. Customer's satisfaction should be your soul motto and try and build up a strategy where you tend to interview customers and ask for their feedback and requirements. A sitemap, is very important so that it gives the reader an idea that every single page consists a single objective and it rules out. Try and make sure that you at least have a choice to figure out the best element. Rather than merely being the production of online decoration, web design is an effort of direction and communication. The main goal of such a psychologically triggered web design is to strike a balance between client preferences, design principles, and trial-and-error tests based on end-user analytics data. It should be an on-going process incorporating all the essentials. About the Author Jenny Warner is from PixelCrayons, a creative web design and development agency that specializes in custom web design & development, markup services, CMS & ecommerce solutions.
Sam Werclzer was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started to draw with nine years old, inspired by comics, went to college and got a degree in fine arts. Today he is specialized in illustrations with a lot of colors and small details, very inspirational and beautiful work, check it out! For more from Sam Werczler visit www.talktosam.com Carnaval Fantasy A surreal work inspired by the Brazilian carnival British Invasion A Beatles tribute for the classic "Yellow Submarine" disc. Dalination This work is a tribute for the great Spanish artist Darwinamic Surreal artwork about Darwin's Law of Evolution Paranoid Artwork created based on the classic music from Black Sabbath Pandora's Mask Artwork about the greek myth of Pandora Animal Project - Brazilian Sea Turtle Project that portraits animals in risk of extinction Animal Project - Galapagos Sea Lion Project that portraits animals in risk of extinction Flower A delicate woman shape like a flower MJ Tribute A tribute to Michael Jackson's work
This building is more them simply cool, it's really well done and have some very useful functions: housing, public facilities and school. It's called Bottière Chenaie and is located in Nantes, France. The project was done by Block Architects, a local office in Nantes, which seems to know a lot about architecture! The particular point of this building is the vertical color stripes, bringing a special movement to this concrete block and like they said "redrawing the landscape". And what I really love in this project is how the mix of uses bring value to the urban neighborhood. This formal intention, in addition to its impact, symbolically shows the quality program of urban neighbourhoods. More about Bottière Chenaie at: dezeen.com
Adhemas Batista launched a new portfolio website this month along with a blog and a lot of colors and great works. You're about to read the an Illustrated biography of one of the most creative and talented Illustrator of all times. Sit tight and enjoy the ride! Visit his new website & new blog Adhemas Batista has been in the business of selling colors since the age of fifteen. Born in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, Batista is a self-taught digital artist that is world-renowned for his colorful and distinctive illustrative style that he brings to his projects. Batista has worked for advertising agencies, design studios and interactive shops around the world and has developed skills in creative and art direction, illustration, interactive, photography and photo manipulation. Most widely known for his creative work for the Havaianas brand, Batista has been sought out by some of the world’s biggest brands looking to embrace his unique style including Absolut Vodka, Adobe, Basf, Blender Magazine, Coca-Cola, Danone, Future Publishing, General Electric, General Motors, Havaianas, Hellmans, Honda, Microsoft, Myspace, NBC Network, Nike, Nokia, Nordstrom, Paypal, Pepsi, Philip Morris, Renault, Sony, Symantec, Toyota, Tylenol, Unilever, Volkswagen, ZaOza, Zune and many more. Batista’s creative vision has earned him many advertising and design accolades that include a Golden Lion in Cannes Festival 2009, two Gold Statues in the London International Awards, One Show Interactive, FWA, and was named Brazilian Young Creative in the Cannes Advertising Festival. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Computer Arts, Advanced Photoshop Magazine and a number of international design books. Batista has been invited to participate in a number of world-wide creative projects representing Brazil as well, he was selected as the only artist from Brazil to participate in the Coca-Cola Remix project and most recently, was one of 12 international illustrators invited by Microsoft to contribute to the Windows 7 personalization project by contributing a custom wallpaper for users to select as their desktop. Batista moved to the United States in 2006 with his family to continue his creative career and now works out of Magenta (http://www.magenta.la) his own design studio based in Los Angeles, CA. Story Adhemas Batista began selling colors at an early age. He was born in the south of Brazil in Sao Paulo City. Inspired by the vibrancy and color of his homeland, Adhemas got his hands on a computer at the age of fifteen during an office internship and proceeded to teach himself design and programming skills. Fascinated by the interactive realm, Adhemas worked with a number of local advertising and marketing agencies, and eventually opened his own web design agency with his brother when he was only 20 years old and helped to grow their agency to 20 employees in two years time. As Adhemas began to explore his own design style and sought out new opportunities to take on larger projects, he was offered a position he could not refuse as Art Director at AlmapBBDO, one of Brazil’s most creative advertising agencies. During his time there, Adhemas would work on the project that would put his name on the map…the Havaianas website. Given the open and creative nature of the client, Adhemas was given free reign to explore his vibrant and colorful style through concepts, designs and illustrations. When the site launched in 2005, it received worldwide exposure and resulted in a number of prestigious advertising and design awards. At the age of 25, Adhemas was sought after for his unique style and saw his career take off. In 2006, Adhemas decided to move to the United States with his family in hopes of finding new opportunities to grow his career. Since then, Adhemas has spent time perfecting his craft while working with some of the best advertising agencies, design studios and interactive shops around the world. Always staying true to his colorful design and illustration style, Adhemas began to take on larger projects and was able to offer additional services in art direction, interactive, photography and even photo manipulation. When he is not working on client projects, Adhemas can be found toiling on his latest personal project, “Colorful Land” a picture book filled with Adhemas’s own photography mixed with illustration and design. The book features colorful photos inspired by Adhemas’s homeland and a full showcase of his vibrant design style. Stay tuned, more to come later this year….
Matei Apostolescu aka Beaucoupzero is an awesome freelance illustrator from Bucharest, Romania, that uses all kinds of tools ranging from rotring pencils, markers, spray paint to wacom tablet, Photoshop and Illustrator. His work is so crazy and colorful that is like candy to the eyes, check out this great inspiration. For more visit 013a.com and beaucoupzero.deviantart.com
When designing we have to think about the goals of our project, the audience and what we want them to feel when seeing our design. Among all areas of a design project, color selection is one of the most important. They can make our design look cold, warm, retro, futuristc, vintage, etc. Because of that a good color scheme can make your work look much more professional. In the Mod is a very nice AIR application. It allows us to drag images and create color palettes from them. Also, you will be able to save these colors directly to Illustrator and Photoshop. With the recent release of Adobe® Air™ and Adobe SwitchBoard, we now have the capability of connecting the dots between stand-alone Air applications, the internet and Adobe's Creative Suite 3. As a result, Kelvin Luck – the creator of Flashr: the ActionScript Flickr API wrapper – and Dr. Woohoo introduce three new color tools to create instant palettes that: Search Flickr. Capture images with your WebCam. Or drag-n-drop images from your computer. Just click a magic button, and the colors are saved to Illustrator, Photoshop CS3 or as an XML file for Processing. The new editions of In The Mod allow digital artists and designers to create instant color palettes of one-to-thousands of colors from a variety of sources — Flickr, your WebCam, images on your computer, or choose from a collection of (in)famous paintings — to use in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator CS3 or Processing. For more information check out the In The Mod website at http://inthemod.com/. Also we have 2 licenses for In The Mod to giveway, just leave an email and next week we will announce the winners.
When we start thinking about a new design, one of the first things we start researching is cool colors that we might use. But how about researching Super Heroes color schemes? Yes! We love comics. From DC to Marvel, and other indie studios as well. This time, I bring to you guys only the highest shots from the biggest studios. Time to get inspired!! Hope you like it. Superman Flash Green Lantern Wonder Woman Green Arrow Batman Ironman Captain America Wolverine Spiderman Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com