The 2014 Color of the Year and my birthday are not related…much.

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Last year, on my birthday, Pantone announced Radiant Orchid would be its 2014 Color of the Year (although I’m almost certain the fact that it was my birthday did not figure prominently in their decision to announce it that day. Almost certain.). Anyway, I’ve been enjoying seeing the ways designers, makers, and other super-cools have been incorporating the hue into our everyday, web-centered worlds. Now that I’m aware of it, I can’t stop seeing it. You know, how when you start looking at Volvos because you’re thinking about getting a Volvo, and then everywhere you go you see every Volvo on the road? Exactly.

From the top:

1. via pantone.com

2. via pinterest.com

3. via Milk Magazine

4. and 7.  via Wedding Wire

5. via Apartment 34

6. via ASOS Fashion Finder

8. The Native Trees of Canada by Leanne Shapton

P.S. Apartment 34’s tips on how to properly use the Color of the Year.

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The weird and wonderful Worlds of Ruud Van Empel

I was introduced to the work of Dutch digital artist, Ruud Van Empel about two years ago. I’ve known since first seeing his mesmerizing  compositions that he was someone special among artists. My favorite collections, so far, are his World, Theatre, Dawn, and Souvenir works. Color (the green!). Children (the eyes!). Savage and beautiful florals every where. These prints are for feasting. Truly.

All images via Ruud Van Empel.