How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site

How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site


Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.

Trends Are, Well, Trends

It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.

Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.

Does It Fit The Brand?

Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.

This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.

Small Doses

If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.

Flat Design

Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.

So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.

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Scribble: One Pen, Any Color

Scribble: One Pen, Any Color


Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate's box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.

What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist's arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That's all you need to replicate any color you see.

How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object's color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!

Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn't come cheap. You'll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you're a digital doodler, there's a stylus alternative for $80.

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Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS

Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS


har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.

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A Little Vintage Shop

A Little Vintage Shop


I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.

Vintage Opera de Paris

Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

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Opera de Paris at night

opera de paris at night

View of Castles and Palaces in Naples

"See Naples and die". It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!

View of Old Castle in Belgium

Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium

View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow

Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel's façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.

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Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant

Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!

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Vintage Blackboard for Espresso

Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.

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Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine

Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.

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6 Vintage Stamp Resources

6 Vintage Stamp Resources


I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It's fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design?

Vintage vector stamps icons by Marish

66 Vintage Love Stamps by FineScrap

62 Vintage Postage Stamps by FineScrap

6 Postage Stamp Badges + Bonus by konstantinestudio

Passport & Postage Stamps and Badges by Seyyahil

36 Nautical and Sea Vintage Stamps by FineScrap

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Prequel to Pantone

Prequel to Pantone


Have you seen this Colossal post? This is completely amazing! Over 300 years ago (271 years before the first Pantone Color Guide existed), Dutch artist, "A. Boogert" wrote about the use of color in art. In an 800-page book, Boogert describes every color imaginable at the time, and included color swatches as well. This was an incredible find by historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction.

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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

The book was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” and you can find a high definition images here.

Source: Erik Kwakkel via Colossal

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Serious About Stripes! Modern Wedding Inspiration

Serious About Stripes! Modern Wedding Inspiration


If there's one look that defines trendy, modern weddings, it's stripes. We've seen this chic print on dresses, decor, stationery and even cakes -- and we can't get enough of it. If you're looking for wedding inspiration that's super stylish and eye-catching, read on!

Abby Flower Girl

Abby Flower Girl From Coren Moore via Lover.ly

Photo by: Amber Gress on Munaluchi Bride via Lover.ly

Bridesmaids & Custom Perfume Bars

Photo by: Jen Huang on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

Bridal Shower Desserts

Photo by: Jessica Claire on Inspired By This via Lover.ly

Look 19

Look 19 From Oscar De La Renta via Lover.ly

stripped bridesmaid dresses

Photo by: D'Avello Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

Malibu Stripes Save the Date Cards by Designkandy

Malibu Stripes Save the Date Cards by Designkandy From Minted via Lover.ly

Austin Texas Garden Wedding

Photo by: Q Weddings on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

Rose Gold and White Striped Wedding Cake / McCune Photography / Sweet and Saucy Shop

Photo by: Michelle Garibay Events on Style Unveiled via Lover.ly

Photo by: Orange Turtle Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

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Visionary Fractal Art by Spiritual Digital Art

Visionary Fractal Art by Spiritual Digital Art


Craig Hitchens (aka Spiritual Digital Art) is a newcomer to Creative Market and I'm completely enamored of his work. He creates images that are made from fractals and are manipulated to have a mystical, metaphysical, and spiritual feel. In addition, he adds some words of inspiration to propel you along your path to happiness, peace and wisdom.

Begin Again

All Worlds Are But One

Brain Spark

 

Antiquities

The Dharmakaya

Ancient Star Chart

Dreaming The World 

Illuminated Gateway

Clarity Prevails

 Celestial Abundance

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COLOURlovers Don't Look Back Leggings

COLOURlovers Don't Look Back Leggings


COLOURlover "agussgut" recently won Betabrand & COLOURlovers "Choose The Hues Contest," and Betabrand has turned her winning palette made into a fantastic pair of leggings!

They've just launched them on their crowdfunding platform, but whether her leggings become an actual Betabrand product is up to you!

Crowdfund them today to save up to 30%, but act fast because the earlier you fund them, the more you'll save. Crowdfunding runs through May 27th.

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Wedding Website Templates

Wedding Website Templates


Are you ready to make your own wedding website? It's easier than you think. Check out these beautiful themes and templates to get you started in impressing your friends and family.

Wedding Theme by DesignOrbital

Wedding is an elegant WordPress theme to build a beautiful wedding website easily. You can share your wedding photos, galleries, videos and memorable moments with family & friends by using the wedding WordPress theme.

Wedding theme is also perfect for photography, travel, or any sort of portfolio site. Sidebars can be set to the left, right, or removed entirely.

 

 

 

Happiness-Bootstrap Responsive HTML by geceolurken

Happiness is a HTML5/CSS3 optimized, bootstrap powered responsive theme perfect for wedding invitation and personal websites.

 

Hitched Wedding Website Template by Feather Art

Hitched is a beautiful responsive single-page-scroll minimal wedding website template with just the feature you actually need.

 

Our Wedding - PSD Template by Beto Alanís

Memories is a 5 page website design for wedding sites. Based on a personal 23 column grid. It can be adapted to any startup or personal template.

Single page wedding theme by bootstrapbrothers

Mary and Troy is a tine theme helping to create small yet fully functional website for your wedding or other event.

JSN Vintage - Creative Joomla Theme by joomlashine

Take a look at JSN Vintage and you can’t help but fall in love with its exquisite and distinctive design. JSN Vintage has an unconventional yet elegant responsive design that shines on a wide range of devices.

 

 

Bridal Pro | Genesis 2.0 Child Theme by The Bloggerette Studio

Bridal Pro is the perfect blogger aid when it comes to planning a wedding and sharing all those special experiences along the way. This theme has styling for a wedding countdown, that will keep track of how much longer until you being your forever.

 

Wordpress Wedding Theme-'Wedding' by WebNesters 

'Wedding' is a beautiful responsive WordPress theme for weddings. Built with Bootstrap, it is compatible with the latest versions of WordPress. It is a single column website with all the facilities you need for your wedding website.

 

 

Memories - PSD Template by Beto Alanís

Memories is a 5 page website design for wedding sites. Based on a personal 23 column grid. It can be adapted to any startup or personal template.

Wedder - One Page Wedding Template by Theme BakersWedder is a one page responsive html5 wedding template. It is a fully responsive template, hence it works on all devices from desktop to tablets to smartphones handsomely.

 

Minimal-Wedding Invitation Template by metrothemes

Minimal is a wedding invitation template built with HTML5 and CSS. It's easy to edit and customize.
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