#78 His & Hers featuring Word of the Year & Color of the Year

#78 His & Hers


#78 His & Hers
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New word & colors for your Valentine… whoever they are

Don’t you agree it’s always been awkward, when you didn’t know the gender of the person in a sentence, to have to write “he/she” & â€śhe or she”? AmperArt #78 His & Hers was inspired by this situation. (Frankly, I usually just write “it” whether it’s a person, animal or slice of pizza.) So we’d usually say “they” which up till now was not proper grammar, especially in writing.

But it is now. “He/she” can now be properly referred to as a singular â€śthey.”  As in “Whether his is a tie or a tablet, or hers is a necklace or a notebook, give them a gift they can really use.” (You could also give them a subscription to AmperArt which is absolutely free.) 

According to the Washington Post,

“We know about singular they already — we use it everyday without thinking about it, so this is bringing it to the fore in a more conscious way, and also playing into emerging ideas about gender identity,” said linguist Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who presided over the voting…”

Full Washington Post article here.


Word of the Year & Color of the Year

“They” has been named the Word of the Year for 2016.

Again, from the Washington Post article:

Singular “they,” the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Frankly, I never heard of a Word of the Year till now. But I do know there is always a Pantone Color of the Year—except for 2016 it’s plural (not singular like “they”); there are two Pantone Colors of the Year:

Rose Quartz & Serenity

Rose Quartz & Serenity are Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2016. I like Pantone’s decision to feature two colors â€” just like His & Hers — so we can have fun with more ampersands. And these two colors are perfect for Valentines Day. (I dare you: go ahead and express your love with a bar of soap, in the appropriate color of course, and see just how much they love you back.)

More about Pantone’s Colors of the Year (all years shown—lots of fun) at Pantone.com.

Various shades of each color were used for the bathroom tiles in this month’s AmperArt #78, His & Hers. The wire towel holder is just one use for this fun & functional ampersand accessory. It can be configured as a wine rack, photo frame, jewelry holder, and more. Eventually I’ll be featuring this in the online AmperArt gift store, but for now the patent is pending and can be made to order in a variety of materials & finishes. Please inquire.

To Do & To Don’t List

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Here’s a fun & functional TO DO & TO DON’T LIST featuring the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016 to help keep his & hers goals on track for 2016.

The new design features the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity.

Download the TO DO & TO DON’T list here and print out several copies for your friends.


chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. There’s lots for both his & hers interests—designers, typographers, copywriters, artists, photographers, just about anyone in the creative field … whoever they are.

Most articles will cover various aspects of design, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving. (more…)

#80 Believe & Achieve in 2016 – Happy New Year!

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#80 Believe & Achieve
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Happy New Year

First, have a blast celebrating 2015! Then use these tips to keep your New Year’s resolutions.

If you haven’t made any resolutions yet—because you know they are so excruciatingly hard to keep—read this wonderful advice from a friend, Tammi Brannan. You might even want to rethink your New Year’s resolutions and actually look forward to keeping them in 2016!

When choosing New Year’s Resolutions that you want to achieve, make sure you do these 3 things:

  1. Identify 2-3 areas in your life you’d like to improve.
  2. Pick one action item for each area that you can do now to exact change.
  3. For 5 minutes, 3 times a day focus on each action item, whether you’re saying it to yourself as a promise or you’re taking steps towards accomplishing that action.

The 2 reasons why folks fail when it comes to their New Year’s Resolutions is because they:

  1. Pick Resolutions they don’t care too much about achieving, and…
  2. Sit by in hopes their New Year’s Resolution will come to them, instead of taking active steps to achieve them.

If finding the perfect occupation or business is one of your 2016 goals, Tammi Brannan offers career development coaching for individuals & teams. She says, “Live a life that is truer to you.” You’ll find lots of insightful videos & articles at her website, InstinctiveLife.com. I endorse Tammi as a person of high integrity & genuine concern for individuals.


To Do & To Don’t List

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featuring the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016

Here’s a TO DO LIST guaranteed to simplify your life. It’s actually my specially designed TO DO & TO DON’T list. This is brand-new artwork in the two Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity. Download the TO DO & TO DON’T list here and print out several copies for your friends.


chaz sez ...

My favorite quote about dreams & possibilities is by Walt Disney, who really accomplished some astonishing feats. (Did you know Disneyland was built in less then one year from groundbreaking to opening day?) Walt said:

 “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

And he did. Birdies sing & flowers croon.

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#83 Straight & Narrow

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#83 Straight & Narrow
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Working on AmperArt #83, Straight & Narrow, I thought of my dad, my mother, my brothers & sister, some of my relatives & most of my friends, for they all define the phrase “Straight & Narrow”:

The way of proper conduct & moral integrity.

Several people who have followed the Straight & Narrow path are:

Gandhi
Mother Teresa
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Richard Nixon oops—scratch that
Martin Luther King
Leo Buscaglia
Warren Buffett
Stephen R. Covey
Denis Waitley
John Wayne
Roy Rogers
Jesus

If you can add to this list, please comment below.


crooked pathchaz sez ...

I wish I could say my path had less detours & bumps in it, but just ain’t so. In fact, this AmperArt piece, Straight & Narrow, was created & issued only 10 minutes before the midnight deadline on May 31, 2015, to meet my quota of at least one new AmperArt edition per month. The time zone is PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings), which allowed me to cheat, as it was already June 1 elsewhere. Is that what they mean by “artistic license”? A little crooked, I suppose.


I selected a no-nonsense font, Times Roman, for the words “straight” & “narrow,” but a fun & fancy ampersand, which straightened out to follow the Straight & Narrow path when it was time to be serious & responsible.


Production notes for #83 Straight & Narrow:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe InDesign
Fonts: Times Roman, Colonna (modified)
Ampersand: Colonna (modified)
Credits for #83 Straight & Narrow:
Photo: Danette Popowich, Canada (123rf.com)

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