Think in Bright Colors

Think in Bright Colors

Hi! I'm Elyse Ash, a Minneapolis-based advertising copywriter. I love all things design, pop culture and creative. Think in Bright Colors is a compilation of my favorite ad/design/interactive work, inspirations and beyond. To check out my advertising portfolio, visit

This week I had the great pleasure of traveling to Marfa, Texas. We shot a commercial down there for work and it was the most surreal little town I could ever dream up. From the pecan trees, to the tequila, to the rumbling rambling train…it was all beautiful and all quiet. Hopefully I can travel back to this west Texas town and schedule in some more time for daydreaming.

Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia-based artist and has created a great series of xrays combined with embroideries. The artist explains why he’s drawn to this dichotomy, “For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured…while the x-ray itself can be considered colder and unemotional.” See more of Matthew Cox’s work here.

(Via FlavorWire)

We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.
- Joan Didion

Last night, my dear friend Amy and I had the best time watching the musical Once. It was playing here in Minneapolis, and I literally knew nothing about this show. I’d just seen some posters around town and heard that it was good (ha, now, researching it I realize I am WAY late to this party and that it’s won 8 Tony Awards. NBD). I had no idea what it was even about…needless to say, the whole experience had me totally floored and crying my little eyes out. I also had no idea that the actors are also ALL musicians (there is no pit orchestra at all). It’s moving and impressive and soulful and beautiful. It’s not just a warm story about love. It’s about music. And connecting. And how we protect ourselves and make ourselves vulnerable and let people in. It was beautiful. It’s playing here in Minneapolis until the 6th, so try to grab some tickets if you can!

If you only know ONE thing about me, it’s that I have a huge crush on Paris. It’s my favorite city in the world…not only is it beautiful and historic and romantic, it’s just plain magical. Hence, my excitement when I saw this new project on Design Taxi. Created by the folks at Golem 13, these photographs beautifully and thoughtfully combine vintage images of Paris with new, present-day scenes. It’s so interesting to see both how SO much has changed since the 1900s, and how so little has changed architecturally. These are just a handful of the photos by Golem, so check them all out here.

(Via Design Taxi)

The greatest gift you can give someone is the space to be his or herself, without the threat of you leaving.
- Kai, Lessons in Life #39 (via psych-facts)

This weekend, I got the chance to see the Matisse Exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and it was a real treat. I learned so much about this artist whom I already thought I knew quite a bit about. Ha. Not so much. I never knew what a great sculptor he was. I couldn’t even remember the word “Odalisque.” What kind of art history major am I? An old, forgetful one perhaps?

I also never knew about the Cone sisters who collected so much great work from Matisse, so early on. Their collection is normally housed at the Baltimore Museum of Art, so all you Minneapolis people have until May 18 to see it here in the Twin Cities.

The whole thing was great! My favorite part, was an entry/piece that Matisse wrote in his book “Jazz”

The Bouquet

During a walk in the garden I pick flower after flower and amass them in the crook of my arm, gathering them randomly one after another. I return to the house with the idea of painting these flowers. After having arranged them in my own way, what a deception: all of their charm was lost in the arranging. What could have happened? The unconscious arrangement made during the picking, through the pleasure that prompted me to move from one flower to the next, was replaced by a willful arrangement derived from reminiscences of long-dead bouquets that left in my memory a charm of yesterday with which I now burdened the new bouquet.

Renoir once said to me: “When I have arranged a bouquet for the purpose of painting it, I always turn it to the side I did not plan.”

This new Taco Bell spot advertising it’s new breakfast menu has me cracking up. Deutsch LA (and famous director Errol Morris) created this little gem by gathering 25 real people in the US named Ronald McDonald and shot them all stating how much they love the new Taco Bell breakfast menu. Oh man. What a clever, fun, tongue-in-cheek spot. Love!

(via AdWeek)

And I thought I liked things organized…

Swedish artist Michael Johansson’s fine art features objects in tight spaces that fit absolutely perfectly. He uses everything from TVs and dressers and filing cabinets to cars and caravans to create these fine art installation pieces.

(Via Lost at E Minor)

I have a love/hate relationship with emojis. Part of me thinks they are so funny and delightful and just ridiculous…and the other part of me thinks they are, well, RIDICULOUS ridiculous.

Enter: the new shoes from Moda Opearndi, charmingly called M’Oticons, which features some of the most popular emojis on smoking slippers. My favorite? The smiling poop of course, which is the #1 Best Emjoi of All Time. You can buy them heresies.

(Via Refinery26)

I am everyone I have ever loved.
- James Victore

How amazing are these maps made of real food by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves? They took the most iconic foods from countries and continents and used them to build physical maps. A really beautiful and creative way of visualizing the relationship between food and geography.

(via Neat-O-Rama)

Last night, Brad and I saw the new Wes Anderson flick “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Of course it was whimsical, heartfelt, hilarious and total eye candy. Just like every other Wes Anderson movie. And exactly what I expected.

I caught a brief interaction on one of my favorite radio programs on the Current in which Jill Riley and Steve Seel discussed Wes Anderson and how none of his current work has lived up to his pictures “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore.” I got so annoyed I had to change the station. I think Wes Anderson is currently doing some of his best work. Sure, “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” are classics. But the visual experience and his own personal style are improving with each picture. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is proof of this.

The characters are charming. The acting is delightful. But the camera movements, the cuts, the editing, and the overall color palette and styling are just rich and decadent. It’s the film equivalent of eating a cake from Mendl’s. Is it my FAVORITE Wes Anderson movie? No. But it made the top 3, I think. But I wish we could just enjoy movies for the sake of enjoying movies and storytelling, and didn’t feel compelled to compare and contrast everything all the time. It’s exhausting and not a joyful way of looking at the world.

To view the trailer, click here. And I encourage everyone to check out this fun, funny and more-gruesome-than-I’d-anticipated film.