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2012 Pantone Colour of the Year
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Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in fashion. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue.

So what colour is predicted for 2013?

Apple logo may become illegal in Russia
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Christians within the Russian Orthodox community are demanding that Apple remove the famous half-bitten logo from its products in Russia and replace it with a cross because the apple image is offensive according to their beliefs.

An apple is used to represent the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge when tempted by the devil, as found in Genesis 3 in the Bible. Although the exact type of fruit is not mentioned in the Scripture the conservative Christians in Russia have insisted that the logo should be removed and replaced with a cross.

Russian conservatives may get their way and force Apple to change its logo due to new laws being proposed in parliament on blasphemy and insults targeting religious, spiritual, or national values. It is expected that President Vladimir Putin will back the laws, especially since the Russian Orthodox Church heavily supported him during his election campaign in 2012. Besides replacing the logo, conservatives may even stop Apple product sales in Russia if they manage to convict the company of committing anti-religious deeds.

 

Image courtesy of WSJ.

Is graffiti really art?
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Contemporary graffiti is essentially a form of painting. The methods and materials of painting are the same, therefore, specific examples of graffiti would be assessed as art or not art by the same standards by which a painting would be assessed.

For example, a crude tag involving a person spray painting their name is no more art than a someone who signs their name on a canvas using a brush. Given that graffiti is in essence painting and it involves the very same techniques and mediums as “conventional” painting, the proof would seem to be on those who would deny that graffiti is.

Can graffiti be art while maintaining that painting is art?