Category Archives: Art & Design

Art and design that intrigue.

Design Inspiration leads to Colorful Exhibition of Labels

The craziness all started one day when I took a color palette from and started designing geometric patterns only using the palette’s colors. This lead to some intricate designs and then to an idea to use these designs in label templates for an exhibition. We asked the folks on the ColourLovers forum if any one would be interested in creating designs as well. Several folks contributed and an exhibition with the collaboration from several folks began!

From the Colourlovers Blog: The folks over at had an idea to create an easy way for people to create their own cd and address labels using palettes geometric patterns and color palettes, and asked the members here at COLOURlovers to contribute designs for an exhibition. Here’s the exhibit at Worldlabel: Personalized labels exhibit

Colour Lovers Unite

Wood Nymph at ColourLovers

The pattern shown at left is “wood nymph” by misat.

If you love color, but if you have trouble understand what works well together, then you have a friend in ColourLovers. This site offers all sorts of articles, tools, and guidelines for the color-illiterate. But, individuals who have color snapped can also benefit from this site. Some of the color and design portfolios at this site are out of this world.

Post It Notes

One of my favorite articles is on how people use Post-it notes to create works of art. This routine piece of paper – most often used to keep track of important ‘to-do’ items – has been used to paper walls in designs that are whimsical like the one shown here, or in patterns that create human faces and other recognizable objects.

While some might view this use of paper as an ecological waste, it’s better than using lead-based paints! And it’s a much, much better way to express creativity than through any LED-lit fur coat!

This is Not Your Cardboard Fort…

Cardboard Bikes

Chris Gilmour’s cardboard art invokes wonder, surprise, and awe from most individuals who view the work – even online. He works with cardboard and glue to form everyday objects like the bikes above, autos, wheelchairs, and more. There’s no supporting structure such as metal or wood frames. But, the final results appear as solid as a marble statue.

Cardboard PianoAccording to the artist’s Website, he compares his sculptures to drawing, a “way of seeing objects by observing and measuring them.” While the artist observes, he also deconstructs, then reconstructs according to that artist’s perception.

Gilmer’s perception is a profound quest towards the reason of things, including those found in life-size familiar objects. When he’s through, those every-day objects become magical. The fact that he doesn’t paint his work leaves them open for further interpretation by the viewer. The end result is part practical, part play. Visit his site to see more.