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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Hi-Tech Pen Can Draw in Over 16 Million Colors, Scanned From Real Life

Hi-Tech Pen Can Draw in Over 16 Million Colors, Scanned From Real Life | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The new Cronzy pen takes a tried and true drawing utensil and matches it with modern technology to realize every illustrator’s dream tool. The pen can create over 16 million CMYK ink colors in seconds, with each shade either selected through its Bluetooth-synced smartphone app or scanned from real-life surroundings. Users simply point the device at any object to capture its true tint, which can then be sketched straight onto any ordinary canvas, be it sketchbook or skin.

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maciek jasik spills a mysterious, multicolored mist from punctured produce

maciek jasik spills a mysterious, multicolored mist from punctured produce | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

maciek jasik imagines fruits and vegetables filled, not with a fleshy, edible interior, but rather plumes and puffs of vibrantly colored vapor.

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pantone beer packaging matches brew to hue

pantone beer packaging matches brew to hue | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

spanish designer txaber has simplified otherwise illustrative bottle and can designs into a color-coded, pantone beer packaging.

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L'art de la SAPE

L'art de la SAPE | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

La Sape n’est pas seulement une histoire de mode, ce sont également des codes de savoir-être et une conscience politique. Les Sapeurs se distinguent autant pour leur style que par leurs idéaux. Comme bien souvent le style n’est qu’une extériorisation d’un état d’esprit. Par exemple, le rejet complet de toute forme de violence est un principe de ce courant de pensée qui s’est construit sur les braises d’une guerre civile. Si on replonge dans Black Bazar, on peut y lire : “Les bagarres, les conflits je ne connais pas. Les polémiques, les prises de bec, je n’apprécie pas. La bagarre ce n’est souvent qu’une histoire de manque de communication, je veux dire une méconnaissance de l’usage du monde.” Le Sapeur est d’abord un gentleman.

ECAL Library's insight:

The Sape is not only a fashion story but also codes of life skills and political awareness. Sappers are distinguished as much for their style as their ideals.

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SwatchMate Lets You Capture Any Color With A Click

SwatchMate Lets You Capture Any Color With A Click | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Inspired by a colorful mural or fabric? This tiny gadget makes snagging it for later a cinch.

“Because regular cameras--including your smartphone’s--change how they take images based on ambient light," responds SwatchMate’s co-creator Djordje Dikic. "They aren’t very good at measuring surface color values. It’s kinda like timing a 100m sprint with an hourglass.

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Hollywood in Vivid Kodachrome

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Suddenly, in the late 1930s and the 1940s, the American viewing audience went from thinking of Hollywood in black and white to experiencing it in stunning, rich color. Kodachrome was the vessel that brought hyper-real, hyper-beautiful stars into movie houses, magazines, and homes. In a new book, Hollywood in Kodachrome, David Wills collects some of the most brilliant images from 1940s Hollywood, including stills of Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, and Frank Sinatra.

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A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, wrote Interaction of Color in 1963, and it’s remained an art and design bible ever since.
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Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

TURNS OUT, SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS TWEAKING THE COLOR OF A BUTTON CHANGES USER BEHAVIOR OR ENDEARS PEOPLE TO YOUR PRODUCT. BUFFER'S LEO WIDRICH EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOR IN WEBSITE AND BRAND DESIGN.

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Alice O'Brien's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:38 PM

One of my favourite topics dating back years and years. Almost timeless; evolves just a little with each generation. 

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High-Speed Photographs of Ink Dropped into Water

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Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist specializing in illustration, graphic design and photography. Born in Milan, Seveso currently lives and works as a freelance artist from his hometown of Portoscuso, Sardinia, Italy. Alberto’s artistic passion grew from an early fascination with skateboard deck graphics and album artwork for metal bands.

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Black Hole: Photographs of Paint Flung by Centrifugal Force by Fabian Oefner

Black Hole: Photographs of Paint Flung by Centrifugal Force by Fabian Oefner | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Black Hole is the lastest project from Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner who is known for his photographic work with vibrantly colored paints, most notably manipulating it with soundand magnetic ferrofluid. For this latest project Oefner connected a metallic rod to an electric drill which was then covered in paint. Activating the drill then caused to paint to fling violently outward which he then captured with a precisely timed camera.

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Step Into A Playfully Disorienting Pastel Digital Art World

Step Into A Playfully Disorienting Pastel Digital Art World | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The bright colors in Blake Kathryn’s digital artworks draw you in first. The saturated colors make each piece feel futuristic— as if every work is a message sent from some other time or a parallel universe. “By no means did the palette I work with become intentional,” Kathryn tells The Creators Project. “I've always used bright, saturated tones on flat illustrations as they strike me as bold yet welcoming.

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The Explosion of Crayon Colors Since 1903

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First invented in 1903, the original Crayola box contained only eight colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. It sold for only a nickel.

A chart posted on Reddit shows how Crayola crayon colors have grown from eight basic hues to dozens in a little over 100 years.

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CMYLK: Brooke Holm's Interior Photographs

CMYLK: Brooke Holm's Interior Photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Design Milk pairs Colourlovers palettes with three, fresh and clean interior photographs shot by Melbourne, Australia-based photographer Brooke Holm.

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Cheyco Leidmann Le choc des couleurs

Cheyco Leidmann Le choc des couleurs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

He was one of the great color photographers of the 1980s. He splits his time between Paris and Miami, from where he sent us this video of the latest exhibition at Miami Art Basel.

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What films make the best use of color?

What films make the best use of color? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Matthew Sutton's answer: Here's a few...

Kurbrick's background as a photographer shows through in many of his movies, which are consistently well-lensed with an eye for color and composition.

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Why do tabloid magazines use the colors yellow, pink and aqua blue so prominently in their cover design and typography?

Why do tabloid magazines use the colors yellow, pink and aqua blue so prominently in their cover design and typography? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Answer 1 of 7 by Erik Spiekermann: It may be easy to print any colour you want these days, but our habits were formed over generations, not years. One extra colour used to be expensive, let alone full (i.e.4) -colour printing. The extra colours were cyan, yellow and magenta, all bright, undiluted inks. None of them would be used for subtle messages, so they were perfect for the “rainbow” or “yellow” (sic) press.

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The extraordinary story of Erwin Blumenfeld

The extraordinary story of Erwin Blumenfeld | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The pioneering fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld pushed the boundaries in his art and in his life. Tamsin Blanchard recounts his extraordinary story.

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Holi festival week – in pictures

Holi festival week – in pictures | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
The Holi festival or festival of colours is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna and marks the start of the spring season.
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