Thursday, February 23, 2006

the power of color

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One of the great joys of working at a design firm is being around people who are always trying to satisfy that constant craving for creative stimulus with the flavor of something new and different. I always welcome the samplings that land in my inbox.

I found two such recent tidbits to be particularly engrossing. As i struggle to learn about programming and html color codes to make this blog a bit more visually tasteful, I have started to think a lot about colors in general. These two items really helped bring color to life for me in a whole new way. (I'll try not to stray from food too often, but when there is something particularly good for show and tell, I cannot resist.)

The first is a visual mapping of the news, in the U.S. as well as in 10 other countries. It is updated real-time and color-coded by subject (world, business, sports, etc.). It's all information from Google, but made smart and swank.
http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm

The other is pure candy for the eyes and ears. View the extended version (make sure you have Quicktime). I found it wholly captivating.
http://www.bravia-advert.com

2 comments:

Law Student # 96981349825 said...

hey G! totally unrelated, but i thought i might tap into your food-literature knowledge. is there a particular cooking magazine you recommend? bon appetit? gourmet? i'm looking for something that's a bit chi-chi, with gorgeous, drool-inducing pictures, but one that is somewhat practical for the amateur cook. thanks!!!

Genevieve said...

hi girl :)
i have been a loyal subscriber to gourmet for several years, thanks to thoughtful subscription gifts from friends. it's got plenty of yummy photography (what my co-worker likes to call food porn). i like it for its articles about travel and restaurants and little tidbits about wine. the recipes range from completely do-able to highly aspirational. i also used to subscribe to cook's illustrated, which claims to deliver on the *perfect* recipe for everything, since they go through extensive testing in "america's test kitchen". the idea of the perfect recipe bothers me, however, because i don't like to think of cooking as conducting controlled laboratory experiments...PLUS - that magazine has zero food porn (as its name suggests, it is illustrated by hand).

imo, saveur is a bit more of a lifestyle magazine. i have never subscribed to food and wine or bon appetit, so i don't know them well enough. they are more often a splurge at the check-out line...much like martha stewart living...real simple...(i also know people who like fine cooking...which i think i WOULD like for the content, but i personally don't find the design and layout to be all that appealing)