I couldn’t let the 100th Anniversary of BAUHAUS go by without at least dropping a short blog post about the single most influential movement in modern design (imho). I will never forget sitting in my college art history class and seeing the Bauhaus School of Design pop up on the overhead projector, after studying the romantics, realists, and impressionists of the 19th century. Like everyone, I had seen the iconic color blocks of red, blue, and yellow plenty of times before, and had heard the name mentioned in other art classes, but I had never before made the association of this modernist movement to the influence it has had on contemporary design. I was love struck as we delved even further into the history and revolutionary concepts that went into the founding of this remarkable school. It certainly didn’t hurt that I was surrounded by architectural buildings in the town that I lived in, which were designed by German Architects in the 1930’s and 40’s who in turn were heavily influenced by the modern Bauhaus style. Seeing the evidence first hand, I was able to draw the connections between the social-emotional ideas behind the movement and the impact it was still having on our modern everyday life.
Art and design prior to the 20th century was far more flamboyant and extravagant than what we see in the Bauhaus-Modernist movement, which focuses on breaking things down to their simplest forms, and “bridges the gap between art and industry, design and functionality”(Bauhaus); the crux of good design today.
This movement was born on the heels of the industrial revolution, as a “revolution [itself] against materialism”(Andrews), not at all unlike what we are seeing with the minimalist movement today with the idea that less is more. Modern design is one of those things that you either love or hate, but whether you’re a fan or not, no one can deny the massive impact it has had on architecture and design over the past century.
Blue. It’s the color of the ocean, the sky, and our blood carrying veins. The color blue in many ways represents life itself, or at least the things that support life on this planet. Yet blue can also be used to describe sadness, fragility, and death. As I was putting together this color study composition I came to realize how much more there is to this shade of blue than I had previously thought. I found it interesting just how prominent this color is in so many different settings, yet it can go almost unnoticed when compared to a different color of the same vibrancy, like say, hot pink or neon green. It is also fascinating how often this color can be found in nature. From bluebells to frogs to butterflies, it is amazing to see electric blue popping up where you wouldn’t necessarily expect it. But I think what I love most about electric blue is that while it is such a vibrant and lively color, there is this subtle mystique and eeriness to it that makes it rather enchanting.
According to a study done by YouGov, blue is the most universally favored color. It is often associated with creativity and calmness, and gives off a sense of innovation, trust, and loyalty, which is probably why so many companies have used this color for creating their brand identities (Twitter, Facebook, PayPal, HP, and AT&T just to name a few). Artitude Design states that “Unlike red, it slows the pulse rate, reduces appetite, and is overall a calming color. It adds a sense of strength, but is a relaxing color. In fact, Pantone recently released “Natural Optimism”, a color that is designed to make people feel good just by looking at it!” How awesome is that? If you want people feel good about your brand or design, why not start with a color that is designed to do just that?
How does Electric Blue make you feel? Take a look at the following images to find out!
Red My Lips
Aquarium Filter Setup
So, I have this slight obsession with bold typography juxtaposed among city skyscrapers and glimmering light. Here are some of my favorite posters from the City Lights project I’ve been working on.
February has its share of gray days. The melting, sludgy snow, frost covered ground, and leafless forests of waning winter are some of the things that inspired this color of the month choice. To see an entire room or outfit in different shades of the same color is unexpected, and causes a unique visual sensation on the mind’s eye. Monochromatic gray can feel somewhat cold and rigid, yet I find something oddly soothing in its consistency.
In design and marketing, often the less color you use the more powerful your statement can be. This is certainly true here, where ANY color you use with a monochrome gray backdrop is sure to stand out and make a bold impact (**See the last image in this ensemble for an example).
Whether you are branching out with you personal style, or working on your next artistic masterpiece, experimenting with various shades of gray (refraining from making a 50 Shades reference here) can be a lot of fun. I think the idea of monochrome can be somewhat intimidating at first, but its simplicity and minimal purity can be visually stimulating in a way that using multiple colors cannot be. Sometimes less really is more.
Design Limited Edition
As my last little’s birthday is quickly approaching, I find myself thinking about all the birthdays and birthday parties I’ve put on and holy crap I almost fell asleep thinking about how exhausting it is! Why do we as moms feel the need to go all out for certain birthdays that no one (not even ourselves) will remember?! Thank goodness for that one mom who’s super camera happy and snaps everything from pictures of my decorations and even the destruction that is the aftermath of the actual party. Otherwise I’d have no recollection of who was there, what happened or how truly happy my child was covered in icing and gift wrap.
So again, why do we do it?!
I don’t know about you but I do it for those little moments of random smiles, silly giggles and huge hugs from your kids that really do appreciate all that you’ve done just for them. Will they remember it the next day? Maybe. Will they remember it next week? Probably not. (Can’t really blame them, I have a hard time remembering what I had for lunch just a few hours ago!)
But we throw these parties and we give so much of ourselves and after all is said and done we WILL do it again. We will do it for whatever reason we want to in that moment and for all the other moments when our kids are in total bliss!
Moms do things most people wouldn’t dream of doing! We make the cakes, we hang up the streamers and we throw one heck of a Moana party! (This may or may not be our theme this year). We question if there will be enough food, enough activities for the kids, what if no one shows up… etc. We put all of our blood sweat and tears (literally tears) into it and then we see just how happy our kids are and it makes it all worth it because when it comes to our kids, NOTHING is out of the question.
Now excuse me while I go back to icing these cupcakes and licking my fingers in the process 😉
Written by Lindsay Diamond
Photos by Aubri Rhoads
I have been searching for the perfect watch for the longest time. Something elegant and high quality, yet unique enough to fit with my sense of style, and sturdy enough for my demanding life. That’s why I jumped at the chance to partner with JORD Watches! I had been drooling over their stunning time pieces since I first heard about them a few months ago. I placed my order and was very pleasantly surprised with how quickly it was shipped out! They even sent me an email with the tracking number to let me know when it would arrive!
And there it was, waiting for me as I approached my front door. A little black box with one happy word that made my heart leap in my chest a little as I read it. J O R D. I was beyond excited as I quickly grabbed it off the stoop and brought it in to begin the great unveiling! As a graphic designer, my natural inclination is to immediately take note of the packaging details. I was expecting a fine product, but I have to say I was somewhat blown away by the care and consideration that was put into the presentation of this brand. I chose the Frankie Series: Koa & Ash, and couldn’t be happier with my choice. You can tell it’s a luxury item before you even take it out of the finely carved wooden box it comes in. The watch itself is luxuriously lightweight and opulent, yet visually substantial and hearty, wrapped around a plush, canvas pillow. I was impressed by everything from the color of the stunning wood grain, to the design details of the clasp and connected links. I have been wearing it non-stop since it arrived and am in love with how comfortable and versatile it is!
And now I will get to the best part about this collaboration, YOU! You now have the chance to win a $100.00 gift card towards a JORD watch of your very own! Just head on over to https://www.jordwatches.com/g/aubriofsorts to enter AND guess what, you will receive a 10% off code just for entering! Even if you already have one of your own, I bet you have more than a few people in your life who would LOVE to receive the gift of a timeless JORD timepiece! The holidays are just around the corner, and this contest will end on November 4th, so now is the perfect time!
Happy entering and good luck! xoxo
How luscious is this color, you guys?? When I think of lavender, images of chickens or frogs don’t normally pop into my head first, but it is really fascinating to see animals in this shade. I think most people automatically imagine the flower of the same name, yet this beautiful shade of purple can be found in lots of different areas of nature and design. Lavender is a very soothing yet lively color, and has both feminine and masculine qualities.
According to colorpsychology.org Lavender is associated with youth and vitality, as well as royal kingship, creativity, and springtime. Depending upon the context, lavender can conjure feelings of order and peace, or disorder and chaos. There is a wildness to the color that is best represented in unexpected forms, like say, on a chicken, or in a drink or hair color for instance. Storm clouds will sometimes take on this color right before a squall, and yet a slightly different shade of lavender can be seen in a peaceful, serene sunset. I think this is what makes this particular color so fun to play with in design, because it can evoke so many different feelings depending on what you choose to do with it.
I hope you enjoy these lively lavender images I’ve put together here. Thanks for reading! XOXO
The Haricut Web
I had planned on writing a few more blog posts this month, but…life happens. Last month I let my son choose the color for February’s post , so it only seemed fair to let my daughter choose this month. I didn’t really even need to ask which color she wanted me to write about because she chooses pink for EVERYTHING! And since the D.C. Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom, and we welcomed in Spring this month, I thought a pastel blush pink was an excellent choice.
Blush pink is such a great color because it can add a feminine touch without being too overwhelming. It’s easy on the eyes and calming on the senses, which makes it a really good color for a baby nursery or girl’s room. Very Well Mind states that “Pink is essentially a light red and is usually associated with love and romance.” While this is well known by most, it is important to remember what images and associations people will conjure up when you are choosing colors for your design project.
In any area of design, if you want to create or add a soft, soothing element, adding a touch of blush pink is fantastic way to achieve that. I hope you enjoy these shades of blushy pink color inspirations. Thanks for reading! XOXO
They all hate us
This Too Shall Pass
Tao of Sophia
Hostess with the Mostess
Pina Colada Crafts
For February’s color of the month I let my son decide which color to discuss on the blog, and to my surprise, he chose GOLD! At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but the more I thought it over the more excited I got. A little bit of gold goes a long way. Too much in any type of design and it can very quickly become gaudy or even tacky looking, but the right amount of gold can create a very luxurious, enchanting, and opulent effect.
Gold is associated with achievement, success, wealth, sophistication, elegance and well-being. We give gold metals to the best athletes, gold stars to the the brightest students, and we get “Gold Status” when we spend a lot of money at Starbucks. It is no wonder then that gold is seen as an uplifting and positive color. According to color-meaning.com , gold is also associated with enlightenment and heightened spirituality. Perhaps this is why enlightened beings are often depicted with gold halos around their heads in old paintings.
The following examples prove just how powerful this color can be. Gold has been making its way into all different areas of design. When implemented in appropriate ratios, this color can create a bold statement in anything from graphic art to living room decor.
The Perennial Style
Peppa Penny Prints
Style Me Pretty
White Faux Taxidermy
Architecture Art Designs
Journal Du Design
The Glitter Guide
The Bold Abode
Front + Main
The Printable Concept
Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful day. XO