Monthly Archives: September 2011

colour research – multi-lingual colour naming experiment

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I love hearing about colour research projects so when I was told about this multi-lingual colour naming experiment I just had to check it out.  So why not get involved and participate in their online experiment!

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in the news… pupils switch on to the marvel of light and colour

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The Colour Group UK is an interdisciplinary society of scientists and colour professionals concerned with the measurement, reproduction and perception of colour. The group’s primary objective is to encourage the study of colour and to promote the education of the public on colour.

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branding colour – how paint companies personalities shines through their paint colour names

Branding colour - paint names - Dulux range.

Paint companies are all about selling colour.  So how do they make sure their colours attract the right customer target market and ultimately make those all important sales.

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interiors – london design festival, my 100% design finds

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September in London is just back to back with interior and design tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars. You name it, it was happening!

I headed straight to 100% Design as there is always a great mix of products from leading local and overseas designers, as well as showcasing the up and coming.  I picked out a range of products to give you a flavour of what was on show from the practical, the quirky, inventive and the unexpected…

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3 interior online diy tools you can’t be without

Interiors. 3 interior online diy tools you can’t be without.

How many times have you decided to do some decorating but realised you weren’t sure how to calculate the quantity needed. Here are some handy tools to help take the guess work out of how much paint, wallpaper or tiles you need for your DIY projects.

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colour & design surgery…how are paint colour names chosen?

This is part of the colour & design surgery series, answering questions from clients and readers.

This month is slightly different as I’ve had a burning question myself …

Have you noticed over the years how paint names have been getting more emotive, fanciful and sometimes just plain silly…?  I was really curious how paint companies choose their colour names.  Given that I work with the personality, whether that is a business or a person, I suspected this may be part of the story with paint companies too.

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colour in nature… the colour of diamonds

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In the 4th of my colour in nature series, I look at how nature creates colour in diamonds.

I was prompted to write about this given in October Christie’s New York will auction a very rare, highly saturated 32.77 carat ‘fancy vivid’ yellow diamond.

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in the news… radio interview with dream corner

Dream Corner - radio interview - Sept 2011- Karen Haller and Viv Oyolu.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting and being interviewed by Viv Oyolu, the creator and radio presenter of Dream Corner. Dream Corner is focused on women, and Viv’s goal is to spark or rekindle a dream or passion that any woman has had, and inspire them to do something about it.

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colour & design diary september 2011

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Each month I search out inspiring colour and design events, exhibitions and tradeshows from the UK and around the world.  September certainly makes up for a quiet August. Here in the UK September  is the month for designer trade shows, events, exhibitions, talks, lectures, more than enough to keep any designer, architect, stylist on their feet and coming away overflowing with new inspiration and ideas! An exciting month!

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