Red and Green at Christmas

The Colours of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why Red and Green are commonly used to represent Christmas? Well there are many reasons which go way back into the sands of time. Most the colours and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold. Here are a few with reasons with some of our own Christmas themed snaps.

Green

Green is though to represent the sign of new life. Evergreen plants, such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. Evergreens also serve as a reminder to people that spring will come back soon and that winter doesn’t stick around forever!

Apparently Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a symbol of good luck. Even the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches and decorate their homes during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read. The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Even though today’s Christmas Trees have quirky design and new takes, they are still the most common use of green at Christmas time.

Building Christmas #dublinatchristmas #workinprogress #christmas

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Red

Many people associate red with the big Coca Cola trucks rolling into town blasting out the “Holidays are Coming“, however for those who see the less commercial side of Christmas, an early use of red were the apples on the paradise tree (as mentioned above). These apples (some believe they were pomegranates) are said to represent the fall of Adam in early theatre productions / plays.

Coca Cola is also (mythically) given credit for Santa’s red uniform, but one more plausible reason as to why Santy (love this new name for Santa which I picked up from our Irish roller skating team) wears red is because as a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have worn red robes!

Red is also the colour of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. The Holly was also represents the crown of thorns which Jesus came to wear at his crucifixion (which is Easter but never mind!).

 

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Your Christmas Colours

If you have your own ideas of colour at Christmas or what they mean, feel free to comment below.

Also don’t forget you can follow our Christmas adventure @jiggycreationz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

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Cheese And Whine A-Line Dress | Redbubble | Jiggy Creationz

Cheese and Whine in an A-Line Dress

Following our recent post on 5 A-Line Dresses selected by #TeamJiggy Roller Girls @r0lljiggy, I decided to make my Cheese and Whine Party illustration available as an A-Line Dress.

Cheese and Whine A-Line Dress by Jiggy Creationz on Redbubble
Chesse & Whine A-Line Dress
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Ain’t no Party like a Cheese and Whine Party!

It’s approaching a year since the Cheese and Whine Party illustration was inspired by a silly chat over a glass of wine, with the girls from the Camberwell Community Choir. As with most of my drawings, this idea spawned from a mashup of images based word play. A cheese and wine party with the added bonus of a good old R&B Slow Jam dance off!

What’s all this Cheese and Whine About then?

The spirit behind the Cheese and Whine Party illustration is based on a meeting of two cultures where society expects us not mix. In a world where certain types aren’t allowed in certain places and people are treated differently because of what they look like, Cheese and Whine Party is a light-hearted, fun poke at the very real situation. Middle classed people with etiquette feeling they are not allow to dance or listen to music genres such as R&B, Dancehall, or Soca; and visa-versa.

More than just a dress…

The Cheese and Whine illustration is available in many different products, including Tote Bags, note books, phone cases, t-shirts and even as greeting cards which you can use as invitations for your own cheese and wine parties. You can find them via our Shop or by visiting our Redbubble store.

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RedBubble A-Line Dreesses - Creative Jam - Jiggy Creationz

5 A-Line Dress selected by #TeamJiggy Roller Girls

We love Redbubble and to celebrate summer (and before we design our own), we asked our #TeamJiggy Roller Girls to pick 5 of their favourite artist designs which have been applied to A-Line dresses!

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1. Impossible Shapes: Hexagon

A-Line Dress Impossible Shapes: Hexagon by Jeff Merrick on Redbubble
Impossible Shapes: Hexagon by Jeff Merrick on Redbubble
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This design called “Impossible Shapes: Hexagon” by Jeff Merrik came top of the pack when the girls saw this design!

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6 Memorable Football Championship Mascots

I’ve always looked more towards the mascots more than the logo designs when it comes to global sport tournaments. So with the opening of Euro 2016, I looked into what mascot design had been put to the table for this years French hosts. And here is what our fellow designers came up with, Super Victor!!! Yay!!!

Super Victor Euro 2016
Super Victor Euro 2016

But I couldn’t help but think about the glory days of the mascot (in my mind)…  So   With the start of Euro 2016 in France I thought it would be the perfect time to look back at some of my most memorable football championship mascots over the past few years. So here we you go…

1. Footix (World Cup – France 98 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Footix - France 98
Footix – France 98

Footix, a rooster, was created by graphic designer Fabrice Pialot in 1996 and selected from a shortlist of five mascots.

2. Ciao (World Cup – Italia ’90 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Ciao, Italia 90
Ciao, Italia 90

Now this one sticks in my mind because of channel 4’s opening titles during their coverage of Italian football. Simple yet to the point. Cubes in the Italian tricolor with a football for a head. What more could you ask for!

3. Pique (World Cup – Mexico 86 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Pique Mexico 86
Pique Mexico 86

Now the reason why Pique from World Cup 1986 was because he came in a kinda suprise!! I’m not sure but i think he was a Chilli pepper!

4. Goaliath (Euro 96 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Goaliath, Euro 96
Goaliath -Euro 96

GOALiath was the official mascot of Euro 1996 in England, once again using an iconic lion as the character. Cleaver name with GOAL in it… but as usual with England they never came!

5. Stryker (World Cup – USA ’94 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Stryker - World Cup USA 94
Stryker – World Cup USA 94

Donning the Red, White and Blue from the Stars and Stripes, Styker was the mascot for the FIFA World Cup ’94.

6. Pinocchio (Euro 80 / European Championship 1980 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Pinocchio 1980
Pinocchio 1980

Pinocchio was actually the first Euro Championship way back (before I was born) in 1980, and if you haven’t guessed, the tournament was in Italy.

 

So what your favourite or most memorable Mascot? Feel free to comment below!

For more like this take a look FIFA World Cup Mascots on Wikipedia

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Top Major Lazer Kinetic Typography Motion Graphics

Do you may remember way back in 2010 when I created Urban Maestro’s kinetic typo for Adidas Kreps? Well that was my first outing into the world of Kinetic Typography and my first full length animated music video!

Creating it took about 4 weeks (including crashes during rendering!), so whenever I hear another epic piece of work from one of my favourite “electronic music groups”, Major Lazer, I can’t wait to see their “official lyric video” offering for said tune.

So with their up and coming Tour, and our love for kinetic typo motion graphics, I have put together this playlist of our Top Major Lazer animated vids.

Enjoy!!

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Flags – What We Can Learn From Flag Design

For as long as I can remember I have always loved flags! I used to spend hours looking at my giant atlas of the world with the flags in the back. What the do the colours mean? What is the history of the flag? What do the stars, triangles, diagonals mean? What is the story of the badge coat of arms? So many people hold their flags with pride knowing the country they are from whilst without knowing what they represent. For many it’s part of their identity, but what are we identifying with?

These thoughts also come into many aspects of design. Be it logos or architecture, these things in some way represent us and attempt to illustrate what we stand for.

Roman Mars is also obsessed with flags — and after you watch this TED talk, you might be, too.

“These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.”

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5 Creative Design & Marketing Elements of the UK General Election 2015

Did you think about the design and how much marketing went into persuading us to vote for a particular party?

Like me did you think how much did it cost to make that big old slab Ed Millibank was carrying around?

Ever wondered how much all this costs and where do these parties get the money from?

Well We take a look at some of the designs and marketing ploys used by today’s politicians to woo us, as well as elements broadcasters have used in the run up to May 7th 2015.

 

 

1. Battle Buses

Buses of all shapes and sizes from all colours of the political spectrum have be covered from top to bottom with large print vinyl and vehicle wraps. Even LBC Radio took to the road in their mobile broadcasting hub.

The Liberal Democrat battle bus (Photo: AFP)
Labour Women Battle Buss
Labour Women Battle Buss © Chris Radburn/PA

2. Stone Mmasonry – Ed’s Tablet/Tombstone

 

3. Good Old Billboards

This year there seems to be a cut back on good honest poster design! To me the I’ve seen better Photoshop skills on Instagram and Twitter. Or maybe that’s just it… they want to make them look amateurish to appeal to the likes of us! Who knows?!

The original Tory election poster featuring Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband (Conservative Party/PA)

The original Tory election poster featuring Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband (Conservative Party/PA)
A UKIP billboard parked up next to Home Park stadium over the May bank holiday weekend
Official UKIP Poster

4. Leafleting (aka Junk Mailing)

Thousands of Great British pounds must have been spent on designers and printers!

Election Junk Mail

5. Election in Music 

ITV News interestingly chose Kanye West’s Power for it’s trailer music, hinting towards a hung parliment or coalition??

The General Election 2015 Campaign on ITV from Alex Dickinson on Vimeo.

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