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Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015!

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year

Images courtesy of Pantone Inc.

Pantone chipWhat better way to kick off the New Year with the latest “Color of the Year” from Pantone? Each year, the color-trend company chooses one hue they believe will set the colorway for design for the years to follow.

While past colors have been much brighter than this one, this year’s winner, “Marsala,” has a beautifully rich resonance to it. This sophisticated, more neutral tone will probably be absolutely stunning in home décor and fashion, neutral for the first and flattering to most skin tones for the second. However, I am not certain how well it will translate to ink and web design! As evidenced on the Pantone website, the color feels a bit flat in RGB.

Pantone writes:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Learn more about why Pantone chose this color »

So when you are ready to redesign your living room, keep an eye open for colors that will go with this one because we should start to see it pop up in products and clothing over the next year or so. And you might even prepare to redo all your other rooms as Pantone leads us down this sultry, earthy color way.


Examples of how Marsala might be used.

Examples of how Marsala might be used.

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Inspiration: 10 Great Business Card Ideas

Aren’t you so bored of your 3.5″ x 2″ 4-color business card? Well, let’s push it out of the rectangle! Print doesn’t get much attention in these days of the Interwebs and Facebooks, but there are a few places where putting the effort into something really unique is worth it. Especially if you actually hand your business card to another person, making it remarkable will make you memorable. Here are some inspiring examples. See more on the original post »

1. Make-up Artist



Advertising Agency: OpusMúltipla, Curitiba, Brazil

2. Framing Company


Advertising Agency: Piko, Moldova

3. Fitness Trainer


Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4. Sommelier




5. Bike Technician



Rethink Canada

6. Dentist


7. Smoke Shop




Advertising Agency: Bos, Toronto, Canada

8. Investment Representative



Advertising Agency: Rethink Canada

9. Yoga Center


10. Divorce Attorney



via Bored Panda

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Niice: In Search of Inspiration

The very best thing about the Internet? It’s so easy to find inspiration! When beginning a new project, I usually start clicking around to find inspiration around the ‘net. Well now it will be even easier with the launch of “Niice: A search engine with taste.” Instead of Googling a bunch of jimbo-jambo images and endless pages, this site actually curates content from other visual sites on the web. It’s beautiful, and robust…and a little too easy to go down the rabbit hole of endless clicking! If you click on an image, it takes you to the source site (of course), where there is tons more inspiration! Also, it’s always changing, so if you click on one of the sample searches below, yours will look different than mine!

Here are a few searches I just tested:

Niice search: "green"


Niice search: "kitty cat"

“kitty cat”

Niice search: "nature"


Go ahead: try your own. And enjoy!

via DesignTaxi

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Fun Friday: Banksy in NYC

You may have heard that British street artist Banksy was “in-residency” in New York in October. In that time, he shared some really brilliant creative work across the boroughs. I love the range of his work — it’s not all graffiti but across media. But the graffiti turns out to be my favorites, below.

See all the work on his residency blog:, from which all these images have all been swiped.


This is my #1 fave, from his first day. “The street in in play” – in Manhattan


A close second fave – in Hell’s kitchen. The context makes the art. “Waiting in vain at the door of the club.”

Video of “The Sirens of the Lambs.” A slaughterhouse delivery truck toured the meatpacking district and then citywide. Ouch, that hurts! (refresh the page if you don’t see the video above)


Redefining tagging – putting graffiti on Broadway. At Bowery & Delancey, Lower East Side.


I don’t know why this one makes me so happy — West 79th between Broadway & Amsterdam.


“Bronx Zoo” at Yankee Stadium – the cheetah is made up of graffiti tags.

How brilliant is this guy?

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Video: Best Logos of the 20th Century

Great video by Yungsik Hong featuring some fabulous logos from the last century. Makes you wonder what the 21st century will bring.

Refresh this page if you can’t see the video below.

20century logos14 from YUNSIK HONG on Vimeo.

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