The Beady Eyed Craftster is our (mostly) weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art and craft related links from across the internets – welcome to the first 2013!

Just as we looked back last time, many of the blogs I usually read have ‘best of’ articles – so it might be a bit meta, but this is a collection of collections! (Plus a splash of colour to welcome in the new year.)

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• First up; Colossal is probably my absolute favourite art blog; here is their “Top 15 Posts on Colossal in 2012”. I’ve actually linked to several of them in earlier BECs, but they’re all worth a look.

• I’m not sure what’s up with the number 15, but Creative Bloq also have a 15 item round-up, in this case of “How to brand a logo: 2012’s design trends”. Branding is something I find very interesting; a different set of constraints and priorities to normal illustration.

• And if that’s piqued your interest in branding, check out Fast Co. Design’sLooking back at 2012’s Best Branding” – what I find particularly interesting is that some of the examples are unofficial and uncommissioned work that improves on the ‘real’ versions.

• Something that really seemed to gather steam in 2012 was 3D printing. Even though it’s been around for a while, 2012 seemed to be the year when mainstream media really started to pick up on it. MAKE has a great set of examples in “Best of 2012: 3D Printed Objects”.

• Art now; The Guardian has a series on the “Best art exhibitions of 2012” with some really interesting stuff – well worth a look. I don’t think I actually got to any art exhibitions this year, but at least I can read about them.

• So, that’s 2012 but what about 2013; at this point you may be wondering “What’s the Pantone colour of 2013?”. Well, wonder no more; it’s Emerald 17-5641. They don’t say on what basis this is the colour of 2013, but they do say “Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions.” so there’s that. Frankly the colour looks more teal than emerald to me; there’s almost as much blue as green in there – but that may be why I’m not a leading colour matching corporation!

That’s it for this week; I hope 2013 is treating you well so far, and continues to do so.

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