Colorola StudiosColorola Studios Downtown Los Angeles Creative Agency Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 We’re Sunday Socialists! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:45:46 +0000 Our Sunday retreat is back on! …and we’ve come up with some John Alcorn inspired graphics and illustrations to promote it. This place is like Seaworld, but without the whale torture. The Pacific puts on a show, and Solid Selectors put on the tunes. Excellent eats, drinks, worth the Über ride from DTLA. Sunday Social at Moonshadows in Malibu. We hope to see you out there yall.

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Clique-Clique. édition 1ª Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:33:18 +0000 Nestled in the verdant hills of Los Feliz, just east of Silverlake, the Hotel Covell is a remarkably furnished boutique hotel created by the enterprising actor Dustin Lancaster.  As the proprietor of Silver Lake mainstays, L&E Oyster Bar and El Condor, Dustin has taken his unique brand of eclectic hospitality to a new level with a comfy collection of well-appointed accommodations.

Detailed and luxuriously laid-back, Hotel Covell is the perfect setting for a new series of coquettish, colorful vignettes, lovingly shot by our resident photographer, Paige Craig.  We’re putting the pictures together in a large-format printed edition, aptly titled, Clique-Clique.  The first volume is coming out Memorial Day weekend and will be provided as a complementary memento to guests of the Covell.

We’ll be happy to send you a copy as well, while the limited supplies last. Send us an email via our contact page, and we will introduce you to our ‘Lady Friends’.

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Insistence on Instancy, pre-Instagram Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:39:03 +0000 When, in 1963 Kodak introduced the Instamatic camera, the instance in this instance referred to the speed of the shot. No time wasted focusing or dealing with complex settings, just point and shoot. Taking the place of the ubiquitous ‘Brownie’, the Instamatic, with its easy-to-use cartridge-loading film, revolutionized amateur photography.

Two years later, the four-shot flash cube was introduced with the 104 Model. At the same time, Kodak released the Instamatic Movie Camera, and the Super 8 dominated consumer movie-making until the advent of video (which killed far more than the radio star). The big challenge for the was continuous lighting for indoor shooting. The Instamatic Movie Light permitted so many around the world to record birthdays and bar mitzvahs, Christmases and quinceañeras, (not to mention the sweeping changes in the porn industry) with a relative ease that today would seem a most complicated venture.

Nevertheless, Kodak not only ushered in the age of Instant, they were as innovative with their packaging as they were with product design. What went wrong? Besides Polaroid of course…

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Penrose Annual, Vol. 52, 1958 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:38:24 +0000 With their masterly printing, art direction and savvy editorial, the Penrose Annual was a remarkably influential publication for modern graphic arts.  First printed in the 90’s, the 1890’s that is, the annual was produced in the UK until 1971 by the inimitable fine arts publisher, Lund Humphries. From 1972 to is unfortunate demise in 1982, the Penrose was published by Northwood Publications Limited. We believe that, as a champion of design technology and modern principles of design, the Penrose is an excellent reference.

Penrose Graphic Arts Annual, Vol. 52, London, 1958

The jacket, designed by Arthur Spense, features a bold Baskerville typeface and simple geometric patches that overprint the knocked out title.

With its 200 pages, litho plates, and pullouts, Volume 52 of the London-based Penrose Graphice Arts Annual is a significant achievement in design and publishing. This is the first edition edited by Allan Delafons (there was a significant delay in its release attributed to the meticulous demands of the newly installed editor) and the sheer volume and breadth of the book is remarkable.

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Lasting Impressions Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:16:08 +0000 The Last Book Store, located a block away from our studios in Downtown Los Angeles, is, when the moon is right, a treasure trove of vintage, and what I like to call, pre-vintage, design tomes.  One has to arrive at the right time, as the store’s selection is constantly being suffused and then quickly consumed (the latter is our department). The store buys books too, on location. But the red meat supposedly comes from an enormous Citizen Cain style warehouse on the outskirts of downtown.  The aptly named, dream-like emporium is our favorite downtown purlieu is perhaps best described by Casey Cep in the Paris Review:

The Last Bookstore is equal parts mausoleum, shrine, and warehouse. If it were to be the last of the great commercial enterprises we know as bookstores, then it would be a fitting end to the legacy of booksellers, going all the way back to the ancient scribes.

In an effort to share in some of the toothsome booty we’ve managed to proffer from this magnificent establishment, we’re going to periodically build on a continuing series of posts tagged, ‘Last Books’.  We realize we’re kind of giving away our trade secret, so much of our design inspiration comes from the very shelves which we we’ll be divulging. But we’re indulgent when it comes to design, there’s enough for everybody.

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So-Ky: Getting Mighty Hungary Thu, 08 Jul 2010 06:11:44 +0000 From Budapest, Éva Kemény and László Sós were a prolific, creative, and wonderfully prolific couple that produced a vast array of political and commercial designs from the 1950’s through the 80’s. Sort of like the East Bloc Eames, the couple, known as So-Ky, provided a colorful array of modern prints for national campaigns, regional festivals, cinema, education, tourism, etc.  Their style provided a warm, humanistic contrast to the official socialist realism that had dominated the immediate post-war years. So-Ky also produced corporate identities, including the 1967 refresh of the Socialist ‘trade organization’ (for lack of a better comparison) Comecon.

‘Soc-Modern’, as their style is referred to now, owed more to western pop-art than to Leninist creed. And while the excellently crafted graphics may have suggested a rather placid mid-century cheer, the underlying messaging seldom veered from official doctrine, where the revolution was predominant (and the US an evil adversary).

Times have changed, and their work, neutered of any cold war menace, now seems quite innocuous— and fits quite perfectly over a modern sofa or credenza.

Some great posters by So-Ky and several amazing East European designers, mostly from the 20th Century can be found at the amazing Budapest Poster Gallery, on the Pest side of the Danube in the Hungarian Capital


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