Time For Easter Eggs!

With Easter Sunday nearly upon us, the Easter Bunny readies in preparation for Egg Hunts across the country.  While pastel and floral colored eggs have reigned as traditional choices for painting, todays egg decorators can take creative control putting a graphic and geeky twist on this time honored spring activity.  Lacking inspiration?  Take a gander at these Easter eggs in tribute to graphic design.  Creative re-awakening lies at your fingertips with a blogosphere blooming with everything from bright to zany.  These crafty designers show that egg dyeing is no childs play.

We begin with a graphic take on a conservative pastel blue.  Simple yet striking.

Pastel Blue Polka Dot Dyed Egg

Polka Dot Easter Eggs via La Receta De La Felicidad

Michael Hertz Associates design for the NY Metro map and signage remains an iconic feature of the city.  Subway and underground maps and signage have long been recognized by the design community with the map of the London Underground prominently featured in MoMA.  What better way to pay tribute to such a beloved symbol than with the Easter egg?  Natalie Broulette of The SoHo offers her readers a DIY tutorial to create what she describes as:

a fun spin on basic egg dyeing and my way of saying, “I love you, New York … yes, even you, sad, little, unreliable G train.”

NY Metro Subway Easter Eggs

See more photos of the Subway Easter Eggs over at TheSoHo

If you’re looking to honor a more basic design building block with an Easter eggs in tribute to graphic design, look no further than Martha Stewart with her charming dot design.

CMYK Dot Design

CMYK dot tutorial via MarthaStewart.com

Three overlapping dots stenciled onto eggs beget a batch of new hues. The design pays homage to CMYK printing, which combines cyan, magenta, yellow, and “key” black to yield a spectrum.

The queen of crafts has another treat for graphic designers with this pattern

These graphic eggs take a design cue from the printing press, where misaligned plates result in slightly skewed, or “off-register,” type and images. In this interpretation, vinyl letters or narrow strips of electrical tape are applied to an egg; it’s dyed, and then the letters are shifted before the egg is dipped into a different color.

Striped Patterned Eggs

"Off-register" printing press eggs via MarthaStewart.com

To add a little more whimsy to your CMYK accolade check out these mustache eggs to celebrate your inner hipster.  Melissa over at no. 2 pencil shows you how.  (We think these eggs would look great with a pair of sunnies too!)

Mustache Dyed Easter Eggs

Mustache "Hipster" Eggs

And to really set your inner graphic designer into hyperactive glee, check out this uber-cute pantone eggs.  Jessica Jones at How About Orange says:

I matched the color numbers using my chip book. Knowing they were correct gave me great inner satisfaction.

We appreciate your dedication, Jessica.  These eggs are just about the prettiest we’ve ever seen.

Pantone Chips Easter Eggs

Pantone Easter Eggs via How About Orange

For a lower-tech but striking egg design, grab a sharpie to create geometric motifs or send messages with stylized writing (just don’t choose comic sans!)

Black and White Sharpie Easter Eggs

Black & White Easter eggs via Obviously Sweet

These chalkboard eggs will delight adults and children alike

Chalkboard Easter eggs in vintage book paper baskets

Chalkboard Easter eggs via Oleander + Palm

But if you have a more intricate pattern in mind that can only be executed with extreme precision, you’ll need the Egg-Bot .


The Egg-Bot

The Eggbot is an open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects from the size of a ping pong ball size to that of a small grapefruit….designed to draw on all kinds of things that are normally “impossible” to print on. Not just eggs but golf balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses– with a bit of work.

Use it to personalize Christmas ornaments or impress your friends with masterpiece Easter eggs. The Eggbot is not just a cool gadget; it’s also a great introduction to do-it-yourself robotics. All of the electronics and software are designed to be hackable and repurposable, so you could easily computer control an Etch-a-Sketch or create something totally new.

Egg-Bot Drawing

The Egg-Bot in action!

Will you be decorating eggs this Easter?  We’d love to see your creations.  Share your designs in the comments!

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