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The meaning of the colour turquoise is open communication and clarity of thought.
Turquoise is a blend of the colour blue and the colour green, and has cool and calming attributes. The colour turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, serenity, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty.
Tints of turquoise colour have a sweet feminine feel. Darker shades of turquoise, such as teal have a more sophisticated feel. Variations of turquoise, which often is used to represent water, also is referred to as aqua and aquamarine.
Turquoise is a valuable mineral that is often use for jewellery, especially in the American Southwest and Middle East. Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets and in many ancient cultures was a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Turquoise was associated with connections to the spiritual world, psychic sensitivity, and protection from harm and negative energy.
The turquoise gemstone is the symbol of friendship and brings peace to the home and good fortune to the owner. The turquoise stone is believed to carry with it great truth and wisdom inside it. The turquoise gemstone is a stone that represents self-realisation and is an aid in analytical thinking as well as creative energy.
The name turquoise means “Turkish Stone” as it came to Europe from Turkey. The best quality turquoise comes from Iran. Today, the majority of the turquoise gemstones come from the United States and Mexico.
The colour turquoise has healing properties that affects the mind and the body. Turquoise is believed to help neutralise over acidity, increase growth and muscular strength, and alleviate gout, stomach problems, viral infections, rheumatism. Turquoise also is believed to be an anti-inflammatory that also helps to enhance communication skills, and calm the mind and body.
Too much turquoise can cause one to become over analytical, fussy, and egocentric, allowing one to let logic guide decision-making. Too little turquoise can cause one to become secretive, closed off, confused, sneaky, and even paranoid.
Additional words that represent different shades, tints, and values of the colour turquoise: teal, ultramarine, blue-green, aqua, aquamarine.Other articles relevant to :
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Can you see the hidden messages in these big brand logos?
We see the logos of these iconic brands almost everyday and yet, they’re hiding something that you may not have noticed before. With some outstanding uses of colour as well as amazing examples of negative space, big brands such as FedEx and Amazon are packing more into their logos than previously thought.
This handy infographic from the team at Made By Oomph charts the hidden messages of 40 big brands, from online retailers to local zoos. Including everything from aspects of the company within the logo design itself, to hinting at the services they can provide, the creators of said logos certainly know what they’re doing.
Whilst some are more obvious than others, this infographic will definitely provide some logo design inspiration and an insight into the workings of some of the biggest brands on the planet. Next time you’re scanning the shelves, you might want to take a closer look.
Did you spot the hidden messages in these big brand logos?
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For those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere, the first signs of autumn have already started. The afternoon light has moved to more golden tones, the air is chillier, and branches are tinged with new hues and spiders webs. This is the season full of colour, apples, conkers, and a carpet of crunchy leaves.
The images here are inspired by the colour palette of autumn.
Our modern world is undeniably complex. Society is obsessed with creating faster, bigger, more powerful technology that seeps into our everyday lives and makes us more connected to more people in more places. Everything is faster, more disposable and less connected to real life. This creates an atmosphere that some people embrace and others react against.
That is why many designers are looking back to simpler times for inspiration. Vintage-style logos have a certain charm that resonates with people in special ways. Vintage-style logos call to mind products made slowly by hand, by someone you know by name. They suggest a quality and style that will stand the test of time. They are everything modern society is not: slow, made to last and personable.
If you find yourself longing for days gone by in design, then check out this roundup of vintage-style logo designs which I like.
This is a logo for a butcher. The logo already looks like it has been printed on a rugged material, referencing the hardwearing aprons butchers wear.
This logo reminds me of the minimalism of logos in the 1950s and 1960s. Much like the iconic Shell logo of those years, this is not as minimalist as it could be, but the extra detail gives it extra charm.
These days, most coffee logos aim to make their coffees seem more luxurious or artisanal, but this logo takes us back to the days when coffee perked us up before a hard day’s work.
This tattoo-inspired logo has so many great vintage elements, including the abbreviated city and state names, the keys and the ribbons.
All of these logos are vintage inspired, but as you can see, they evoke a wide range of feelings. Perhaps that is why vintage styles are so enduring for logos: they give the impression of a classic product whilst affording the designer a range of options.
But whatever the reason they endure, the fact of the matter is, vintage style logos will continue to inspire modern designers for a long time to come.Other articles relevant to :
I Can’t Believe This Is One Photograph. We all know Adobe Photoshop, and we all know that no photo nowadays can be guaranteed to be in its original form. The image below is a perfect example of this.
That’s four separate images edited into one right? It’s obviously photoshopped, and a poor one at that, let’s be honest!
Were you fooled like I was? At first glance you would think it is, but a closer inspection reveals that this is indeed a meticulously crafted photograph (singular) by Austrian photographer Bela Borsodi.
The conceptual image was taken for the album cover, Terrain by VLP.
Below you can see a different angle of the setup.
If you still don’t believe us, check out the video below to watch the process take place.
Apple and its sub brand iPhone are the two most desirable brands in the UK.
The top echelons of the 2013 Brand Desire listing, are a varied mix of products, services and categories. Within it, Ferrari revs it up at position 3; Tiffany sparkles with affordable luxury at number 4; Marmite full of British heritage is at number 5 and a new entrant Calpol climbs into position 13 with a caring touch.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that brands are valuable assets, but what makes them desirable? Is it the unique balance of energy, substance and connection, qualities that have a profound effect on how the brand makes the consumer think, feel and act.
Desirable brands make us think, feel and act differently to ‘non-desirable’ or ‘neutral’ brands.
Through a study of 60,000 consumers across multiple categories and brands, the Brand Desire Index compiles Brand Desire Scores for each brand in the study. A score of 100 means a brand has average desirability, over 100 and a brand is doing well and under 100 doing badly.
At the heart of this desire and success are energy, substance and connection, the ‘Triangle of Impact’. Validated by 3 years worth of Brand Desire data, this formula shows 3 primary determinants or characteristics of a brand’s ability for not just greatest desire but greatest commercial impact. This is where brands like iPad, Apple, iTunes, Amazon, Fairtrade and Marmite – which have all been listed in the study’s top 20 for the 2nd year running – continue to tick the right boxes.
Energy is a measure of how the brand is energising the organisation towards success, having an ambition that is genuine and viable in the sense that it is rooted in the reality of the business they are in. The tangible proof of that energy, isn’t just about producing a great product or service but continuously re-evaluating and innovating to ensure the brand has a real role in people’s lives.
Calpol, listed as the 13th most desirable brand in the UK, is an example of the importance of energy. The over the counter medicines category is not known for a brand with big energetic purpose, however, Calpol has carved out an appeal around helping consumers to ‘care for their little one’. It is not just a pain relief analgesic for under eight year olds, which is typically how the category would talk, it has gone for a much more emotive energy that really connects with the target consumer and is a real proof of the triangle principle.
So if you are a brand owner, the question which you may find you are asking yourself is – ‘is your brand desirable?’.
If you have any doubt, maybe you should give Turquoise Creative a call sometime soon?Other articles relevant to :
Love it or hate it, we all use it – and now it looks totally different!
Check out the new design here…
It might be small, but the Facebook Like button is stared at by more people around the world than pretty much anything we can think of – it gets multiple billions of views daily across Facebook itself and the websites that use it, including this very blog. And now, for the first time, it’s been redesigned.
So go to our Facebook page and press the LIKE button. https://www.facebook.com/turqcreative
And we’re not talking a minor tweak. The new design (above) is a fully fledged makeover, dropping the famous thumbs up of the old design (below) in favour of the ‘f’ logo and introducing solid new Helvetica lettering.
If you’ve embedded the ‘Like’ button on your own site, then don’t stress – you don’t have to do anything. You’ll be automatically upgraded as part of the new button rollout, Facebook says.
Facebook is also pairing its Like and Share buttons (see above) in the hope that website builders will include both. There’s still no word on the much-called-for ‘Dislike’ button though.Other articles relevant to :