Below are my top 3 favorite websites for exploring the vast world of colors and color combinations. These are my go-tos. Enjoy.
Jessica started Design Seeds as a unique angle at blogging based on her passion for color. If you haven’t nosed your way around the color palette hemisphere on the world wide web, you must check out her site. I always stop by the site and take a peek when I’m stumped with a color palette, branding, or inspirational challenge. You can even search for the RGB #s if you have them for a particular color and explore the connected palette options.
Has anyone seen their TV commercials lately? How adorable are they?! Their site is pretty fab too and you can “Find & Explore Colors.” Shop by different collections like “The Jazz Age” (see photo above), paint swatch groups like “Rustic Refined“, and don’t forget about the ridiculously gorgeous interior and exterior home photography (drool).
Wanna play? Get ready. Kuler is an outstanding color wheel tool to help you find the right color grouping you are looking for. The glider bars let you slide a particular color and the adjacent bars move in connection with it. It finds the perfect analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound or shades based on the color bar you have moved along the color wheel. If anything, it’s a boredom buster. Go try it.
1. I shot two weddings last month. I’m an editing, album making fool.
2. My laptop crashed. No, really it did. The blue screen of death decided to say whaddup.
3. I’ve sold two items on my Etsy store. Which means I’ve had to make things to put in the store. Which takes time.
And those are my excuses for the lack of posts the past month. Take em or leave em.
Much love. Stay tuned.
Always strive to improve workflow. Work smarter. Not harder.
Here’s a couple of tips:
1. Study shortcuts. Practice shortcuts. Use shortcuts. I’m not sure why they don’t quiz this more in college.
2. Create templates so you don’t have to create the same piece again. Store them. Use them.
3. Label everything rationally. Someone who has no idea about the design world and the projects you are working on, can’t open Adobe files, and is dumber than a box of rocks should be able to find the most recent piece you’ve created, the poster about coffee shop promo from 2010 with the green birds on it, the brainstorming file you made to remember the notes everyone suggested. Version control, people.
4. Create a go-to Illustrator file housing all of your vectors – shapes, objects, icons. Open one file to pull from rather than a boat load of little files. Scanning an Illustrator file is much easier than scanning a folder of unopened .ai files.
5. Back-up your stuff! This is a no-brainer, but are you really doing it? Consistently?