Objects of Affection: Colorblock phone cases

By Ingrid Fetell Lee

8 colorblocked phone cases

I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help but have my phone with me ALL. THE. TIME. My phone is my alarm clock, my to do list, my timer, my thesaurus, my jukebox, my everything! There’s probably another post to be written about how to have a more balanced relationship with technology, but most of the time, when I need a break what I do is just flip my phone over on my desk or the table so it’s face down. Having it face down avoids the distraction-factor, and if you have a fun case, it offers the added benefit of giving your desk a pop of color.

I’ve always liked colorblocking because it reminds me of the color studies we used to do in design school: simple geometric exercises that placed colors together in ways that sometimes resulted in surprising effects. It feels so timeless it’s almost hard to believe that historians trace colorblocking back less than a century to the work of Piet Mondrian. And it wasn’t until the 60s that Yves Saint Laurent created a Mondrian-themed collection and brought colorblocking into the fashion mainstream. If colorblocking speaks to you, here are links to eight cases that can bring a small burst of joy to your daily routine.

Links: (1) Harper and Blake, (2) Printed Pretty Gifts, (3) Joy Merryman, (4) Plum Street Prints, (5) Harper and Blake, (6) Casehype, (7) Cafelab on Society 6, (8) Harper and Blake


October 16th, 2016


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    Discussion (2 Comments)

  1. Bernard Farrell on January 20, 2017

    Thanks for these suggestions, I went and got a colorful whimsical iPhone on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TRowanDesign?section_id=15647592) and I’m loving it. I like to clip colorful cards etc and pin them on my (gray) cubicle walls to lighten and liven up the place.

    1. Ingrid Fetell Lee on January 29, 2017

      Neat – thanks for sharing, Bernard. And sounds like a smart and simple way you’ve figured out to add color to your cubicle. Nice!!


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