Friday, December 08, 2006

Pixel colours

I just learned about the so called "million dollar pixels"... It is a clever idea, but the price is still too high for me, so I just got a free space on one of those sites. Problem is, that many of my pixel neighbors are XXX sites and a gay dude.

Anyway, I want to send our Special Kiwis logo to a graphic design annuary, but I needed an electronic file using CMYK, and my software doesn't support that. So it was once again Hooper to the rescue (thanks). The thing is, that display colors are not the same as for example when you send them to a printer... or when you take them to a photo lab to get printed pictures. Last time I had to return many of my pictures for reprint, because they screwed up with the brightness. Anyway, Hooper suggested that it would be better to use the pantone code, that way there's no confusion about it.

But what about the colors on a sketch? Well, many years ago, when dinosaurs used to sniff designer crayons (and take a bite off the designer) to get high, not every one of us had the whole collection of markers... only the rich ones had those fancy briefcases with the whole rainbow of colors... we (the poor ones) only had a few colors... and we used them again and again in all our sketches. Now that we all use computers for our renders and sketches, we have the choice of millions of colors (and textures) to paint the objects. Likewise some pseudo graphic designers who use all kind of tools and fancy text just because it is there on the software, we tend to use textures and colors that are not true... just because they are there on the "choose materials library" we try them... and end up with with cool surrealist finishings.

Flight stool by BarberOsgerbyAt least for Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby that was no problem when they made the "legitimate" pantone chair... which is actually called "flight stool" and it's not the "legitimate president chair". It would be great to choose a chair using the exact pantone code to match your decoration, but they are a bit expensive because they are limited edition. Their redesign of an Alvar Aalto chair is quite interesting... but again is not available to the market. That is somehow what I wanted to show to my students in Guadalajara, how to transform the same design into different materials: plastic, wood, metal, resin, etc... because it is going to behave quite differently on each of them. I have to get working on a "pixel chair"...

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