Inspiration is a critical element of producing quality creative work. Thanks to free resources like the Internet, we have thousands of websites, tools, and images at our fingertips to help spark our creative enthusiasm. Utilizing these great resources is something that is encouraged for all creatives, but sifting through this vast array of information can be a job of its own. Luckily, you can sit back and let us do that for job you!
Today we are happy to share with you five bookmark worthy websites for creative individuals who are looking to expand their color palette and brush up on their knowledge of color theory. Incase you were wondering, in the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and is just one of many key areas of study for those earning their Graphic Design or Digital Media degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Scroll down to check them out for yourself.
If you’re looking for ways to freshen up your design color palette, you can’t miss Adobe’s Website, Kuler. You can browse user-created color palettes by theme, or submit your own. You can also narrow your selection if you’re searching for monochromatic, analogous, triad, or complementary tones. The best part is that you can make any of your own custom changes to the existing color palettes.
Recently, Adobe added a Kuler app which allows users to create beautiful color palettes on the go with their iPhones. ““Adobe® Kuler lets you capture color inspiration anywhere you find it. Capture colors from a mural, garden, or wherever you happen to be with a snap of your iPhone camera. Browse, create, and customize themes for your designs – all on your phone. The color themes you create with the Kuler app can be synced to the Kuler website, an online community for color enthusiasts, for use with other Adobe applications such as Illustrator and Adobe Ideas.”
For The Love of Color
For The Love of Color is simple color inspiration website that pulls color palettes from beautiful images found across the web. According to their homepage, For The Love of Color is “engaging the world with a colorful perspective and finding inspiration in everything from architecture to nature”. We highly recommend adding this to your blog feed for a daily dose of color.
Similar to For The Love of Color, Color Collective is a color inspiration blog that pulls color palettes from images across the web. What I love about Color Collective is that fact that both designs and illustrations are included and not only photography. This helps serve a dual purpose when perusing for inspiration.
Similar to Adobe Kuler, COLOURlovers is a “creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles… All in the spirit of love.”
Last but not least, we would like to share with you another color inspiration blog: Design Seeds. The website’s founder Jessica states, “I created the concept of Design Seeds in May of 2009 as a way to bring a unique approach to design blogging through my passion for color. Beginning in art school and throughout my design career, I have created color palettes while collecting inspiration in journals. Design Seeds are a modern interpretation of these original color journals.”