Vantablack is a pigment that reaches a level of darkness that’s so intense, it’s kind of upsetting. It’s so black it’s like looking at a hole cut out of the universe. “Vantablack is striking when you look at it… because it [doesn’t look] like something is colored black. It looks like an absence. It disappears,” explains Adam Rogers, a journalist who writes for Wired. Vantablack swallows nearly all visible light and gives back no reflection, so every contour or crease of whatever it’s applied to disappears. It has this odd effect of making something look two dimensional, while at the same time as if you can fall right through it.
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Creative Directors Zack Roif and Matthew Woodward have released a deliberately bad version of the helvetica typeface family. called ‘hellvetica’, the updated design features questionable kerning properties specifically created to irritate graphic designers on the occasion of halloween.
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Why the Periodic Table of Elements Is More Important Than Ever
Mendeleev’s 150-year-old periodic table has become the menu for a world hungry for material benefits. Here a text by Peter Coy in the Bloomberg Newsweek and a very nice digital information design.
A wealth of rare materials including photos, letters and script notes have been made available for the first time. Charles Chaplin’s very own and painstakingly preserved professional and personal archives: photographs, screenplays, letters and much more.
Full story in Little White Lies
Visit the Charles Chaplin’s archive here
To conclude our the Bauhaus 100 series, celebrating the centenary of the hugely influential design school, Dezeen round out everything you need to know about the Bauhaus, from A to Z.
Centuries after naturalists used it to define the colors they saw in the natural world, Abraham Gottlob Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is back.
The nomenclature of colors we use today is really a machine language–numerical hex codes crafted to communicate with software on computers and printers. Before the age of CMYK and RBG, though, artists and scientists created their own languages for talking about and categorizing color. Though many have fallen into obscurity, at least one is now accessible to anyone with access to the internet: Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours.
Full Text in Fast Company
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The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume.
The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.
The Secret Lives of Color By KASSIA ST CLAIR
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THE FIRST SIX BOOKS OF THE ELEMENTS OF EUCLID WITH COLOURED DIAGRAMS AND SYMBOLS
A reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux.
Euclid’s Elements was a collection of 13 books about geometry originally written circa 300 BC. Shortly after the advent of the printing press, many editions and translations have been created over the centuries. Byrne’s 1847 edition of the first six books stands out for its unique use of colorful illustrations to demonstrate proofs rather than using letters to label angles, edges, and shapes. His edition was one of the first books to be published with such detailed use of colors and combined with its detailed diagrams makes it an impressive feat of publishing for the times and it stands out even today as a work of art.
Search engine for colors
Picular is a rocket fast primary color generator using Google’s image search. If you ever needed the perfect yellow hex code from a banana, this is the tool for you.
Picular helps designers to easily extract the most relevant colors for a specific context or domain. It helps to understand perception, psychology and aesthetics of a color or tone you’re interested in.
There’s a new kind of art installation popping up in cities across the world. It isn’t designed to showcase classical paintings, or to house impressive historical artifacts — it’s designed to be photographed for Instagram. These might not feel like real museums, but they’re a reflection of a real change happening in the museum world right now. Museums — both new pop-ups and traditional institutions — are capitalizing on smartphone culture by creating spaces whose main appeal is being a backdrop for a great selfie. As more kinds of retail experiences move online, spaces like this — where digital reproducibility through social media is an active part of the design — are only going to get more common. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out vox.com