Living the Creative Life #4: Color

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After some fun travels the past couple weekends, I am glad that we don’t have any plans this weekend. I can sit at home and cross some things off my to-do list that I haven’t been able to get to because of being gone. It will be a good feeling. But before I do that, I wanted to share some of the articles and blog posts I found recently all about color and color theory that were interesting or inspiring. Enjoy!

 

After some fun travels the past couple weekends, I am glad that we don’t have any plans this weekend. I can sit at home and cross some things off my to-do list that I haven’t been able to get to because of being gone. It will be a good feeling. But before I do that, I wanted to share some of the things I found recently that were interesting or inspiring. Enjoy!

 

I continued my Design 101 series this week with a post all about color and color theory.

 

For a quick and fun look at the color theory basics, check out this motion graphic by Rhea Lelina Manglapus.

 

How you arrange colors can really change how your brain interprets them as you can see from this optical illusion showing what looks like orange and purple hearts...but color theory may be playing a trick on your eyes.

 

Designing for web and designing for print are very different when it comes to choosing color schemes. Smashing Magazine talks about color theory from the perspective of a web developer. Creative Market looks at color choices to avoid for web design.

 

You can take this quiz by Creative Bloq to see what color best describes your personality. I got Purple 266 C, which apparently means that I am "oozing with sophistication, [I] excel at problem solving and strive for absolute perfection." How about you?

 

Check out this color generator that shows you a user interface preview of your chosen colors and recommends colors to use for text and icons. You can click on the colors in the palette and it automatically copies the hex code that you can paste in a color picker. Though it is meant for use in UI work, you can use it for any design work to help find a good color palette.

 

Brazilian artist Angelica Dass decided to catalog and match people’s skin tones to Pantone colors in a project she is calling Humanae.

 

A very detailed look at some more advanced color theory, breaking down the color models and spaces even further. Plus a look at how you can calibrate your devices to accurately display the colors.

 

“Self-awareness is one of the greatest skills any designer can master.” -Nick Schaden, “On designer self-awareness”

 

Some advice from AIGA on how to transition into a design career.

 

I saw Captain America: Civil War last weekend and really enjoyed it. It was fun to see some of the other Marvel heroes that hadn’t been in an Avenger movies yet. This weekend, I am planning to see the new George Clooney movie, Money Monster. I love summer movie season :)