Looking for some design inspiration? How About Orange is an amazing site by Jessica Jones, a graphic designer based in Chicago. In addition to corporate identities, marketing collateral, and a popular line of home décor fabrics, Jessica is the mastermind behind How About Orange. How About Orange is more than just a craft and design blog, it's an amazing resource filled with DIY tutorials, free printables and fonts, desktop wallpapers, decorating ideas and so much more.
I have to admit that I have become completely captivated by all of Jessica's amazing DIY tutorials. I want to try each and every one of them simply because they look SO cool. I've hand selected a few of my favorites from Jessica's DIY section.
In addition to featuring a multitude of amazing DIY tutorials Jessica finds the best of the best free design downloads. I've included some of my favorites below:
I'm absolutely in love with this site there is seriously so much on here, I can't stop looking through all of the different sections and features. If you're a designer, or just getting started, check out Jessica's 'Useful Resources' section. There are tons of websites, programs, and tutorials to help you learn a lot of cool stuff. Below, I've featured some of my favorite resources that Jessica has discovered...I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
Make sure to check out all Jessica has to offer at How About Orange and start getting crafty right away!
Still haven't found what you were looking for? Check out Creative Market for some more inspirational ideas and cool digital downloads.
Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features so much gorgeous wedding and color inspiration, I really can't get enough. Not only does Whimsical Wonderland weddings feature Real Weddings, DIY projects, and Wedding Planning Tips, but they also allow you to search their site for weddings be color on their homepage.
I've absolutely fallen in love with some of the amazing colors featured on the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings website, check out some of my favorites below:
For some more color inspiration, check out these pastel palettes:
Get Inspired with these yellow hues:
Besides featuring amazing Real Weddings, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features photo shoots from engagements and more. I found a few of my favorite colorful photo shoots. I hope that you love them as much as I do.
Whimisical Wonderland Weddings was founded by Louise Baltruschat in April 2010 while she was planning her own wedding. She's done an amazing job of finding the best of the best real weddings, wedding related photo shoots, and basically everything you need to plan an amazing wedding. Be sure to connect with Louise and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings through Facebook and Twitter for more wedding inspiration.
Were you looking for some creative inspiration for your wedding? Check out Creative Market for some awesome downloads.
For as long as I can remember I have read books like Dune and Ender's Game. I fell in love with science fiction, because I was constantly transported into a new world ever time I opened the cover of a book.
The typography of science fiction novels is fascinating, and I could spend hours looking at these colorful covers. Here are some of my faves, have you read them?
If you're looking for some fonts that mirror the ones found in the books above, check out these fonts from Creative Market:
I love food. There really isn't a whole lot on this planet that is better than yummy food that both tastes delicious and looks amazing. I recently had the pleasure of discovering Food Palettes from Kala.Godwin.
Kala finds amazing photos of yummy food and creates gorgeous COLOURlovers palettes to go with them. I hope you enjoy these yummy treats.
Love these colorful palettes and combinations, thanks for the inspiration!
If you're looking for some food inspired graphics, check out Creative Market's awesome food-themed resources.
COLOURlovers Plus is a multi-feature extension developed to enhance your user experience on COLOURlovers.com.
COLOURlovers Plus is a Google Chrome Extension that will really help enhance your COLOURlovers experience.
We really want to thank Gábor for developing this amazing resource for the COLOURlovers community. This is definitely something everyone should download and start using right away.
Help & Support
If you like COLOURlovers Plus! and would like to support it, there is a handful of things you can do:
Tell other lovers about it.
Report bugs. Feel free to consider unintuitive behavior or ambiguous information a bug.
If you're a graphic designer, we could really use your expertise.
If you're looking for some alternative wedding inspiration, Rock n Roll Bride is going to be your go-to site for planning your special day. Kat, the website's author and founder started the site back in 2007 when she was planning her own wedding.
I absolutely love that Rock n Roll Bride is filled with amazing inspiration from Real weddings. I searched through the site to bring you some of my favorites. If you're up to it and feeling creative, create some color palettes based upon the these fabulous alternatively themed weddings and post them in the comments below, we'd love to see what you colorful palettes you come up with.
I've never seen so many cool and creative weddings all in one place! I have spent hours upon hours looking through the amazing weddings that Kat has found to feature on Rock n Roll Bride. She really has found the best of the best when it comes to alternative and unique weddings.
In addition to Kat finding amazing alternative and real weddings, in January 2012, she expanded her blog into a new section, The Green Room, where she talks about running her own business. It's really a fascinating section and Kat posts some amazing stuff on there.
One of my favorite parts of Kat's work is her Print Magazine. The print magazine comes out once a year and is a beautiful advertising-free print magazine featuring the best of Rock n Roll Bride from the past year.
Make sure to check out Kat's website for more Rock n Roll Inspiration.
If you've read any of my recent posts, you would know that I'm in the beginning stages of planning my wedding. It seems so overwhelming to try and figure out everything, and I haven't really known where to start. Every day someone asks me a different question: where are you having the wedding? what are you wearing? what food are you serving? It's starting to feel like there are a million and a half elements that have to come together to create this one massive event..and I don't even known where to start.
I recently discovered the wedding site Mary Me Metro, and had a chance to connect with the site's editor and founder Ashleigh. She is one of the nicest people I've ever had the chance to talk to and she really is the ultimate wedding aficionada. If we ever had the chance to meet in real life, I know that we would be instant best friends.
As you know I'm from San Francisco, I went to the University of San Francisco, and am a true-blue city girl. I love all that San Francisco has to offer, and I couldn't dream of leaving the fabulous culture and atmosphere that San Francisco has to offer. I was so pleased to discover Marry Me Metro because it is a wedding site geared toward the metropolitan Bride & Groom! If you're a city girl like me, or you just want to keep up with the latest trends in weddings Marry Me Metro is definitely a resource you need to check out.
Marry Me Metro offers a variety of tools to help you get inspired for your wedding, and plan your special day. The site has different sections, including:
- Photos and Inspiration from Real Weddings
- Engagement Stories and Photos
- Inspiration Boards
- Venues and Vendors
I went searching through the Inspiration Boards after I first landed on the site, and I was completely blown away with the cool and creative ideas that Ashleigh depicted. I've selected a few of my favorites below to share with you, and help you get inspired.
Pastel Wedding: Pastel's are totally in style right now, and I really love how Ashleigh chose to showcase this awesome color trend.
I searched around and found some inspirational palettes that feature pastels for you to play with as well.
Neon Wedding: Neon and bright colors are extremely popular and trendy right now. I see countless celebrities on the red carpet wearing bright colors that really make them stand out, so I love the idea of adding a touch of neon to a wedding.
I think my favorite section on the site has to be the vendors and venues section, because there is some incredible advice there! Ashleigh does an amazing job of finding venues and vendors and really getting to know them through an interview, and then providing you with the best of the best when it comes to weddings.
I think these hair pieces are absolutely stunning, and I'm so happy that Ashleigh found them and had the chance to share them with her community.
If you're really looking for some colorful inspiration, the Real Weddings section is the place to go. I hope that everyone in the COLOURlovers community will get inspired by these amazing weddings that Ashleigh found, and create some cool palettes and share them in the comments below! I selected a few of my favorite images from real weddings on Mary Me Metro, and I can't wait to see what palettes you come up with.
Raleigh Wedding: This couple is SO cool. These use amazing and bright colors throughout their wedding and I love this photo of the couple in front of graffiti.
New York Wedding at the Foundry: I absolutely love the color choices this couple chose. I can't believe how bright and brilliant these flowers look.
Seattle Wedding: I really just want to be friends with this couple, they look so cool, and I love that they chose to take such fun pictures after they got married. What do you think of the colors in the bouquet?
Austin Wedding: I am so in love with the color choices featured below, I really can't get enough of them! I want to see so many palettes featuring these colors in the comments.
I truly can't get enough of the awesome things I keep finding on Marry Me Metro and I definitely have to give a shout out to Hollie at Design23 for creating the creative Marry Me Metro logo and back-end tech customization. I hope that I can recruit her to sell some of her design assets because they really are fabulous.
I hope you enjoyed this little peak into the one of the hottest wedding blogs out there right now. Be sure to check out the Marry Me Metro website, and if you're looking for some more inspiration connect with Ashleigh and Marry Me Metro through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Are you planning a wedding and in need of some more inspiration? Check out Creative Market for beautiful digital downloads.
I recently had the pleasure of discovering Angie Sandy of Photo Card Boutique. Her website is a little piece of heaven in the design world. One of my favorite parts of her site is the "Color Crush Palette" section of her blog, so, I've selected some of my favorites from her collection to share with you today. I compiled the palettes she already created into COLOURlovers palettes below so you can play around with them in your creative projects.
I'm very pleased to announce that Angie , the person who came up with the awesome palettes featured above, is now a seller on Creative Market. She has put up some wonderful designs with more to come soon. Check out some of her featured designs below, and also make sure to check out her shop on Creative Market. Pick up any and all of her great products to finish a variety of creative projects.
I'm getting married soon and going through that difficult period of trying to figure out the perfect set up, party, and reception for my wedding. I'm quickly learning that there are so many different elements that go into planning the perfect wedding. You have to think about the dress, the venue, and then what everyone is going to be doing. It seems like a lot of work...
One of the first things that has to be done is picking out the perfect wedding invitations. I went through the internet trying to find some of the best wedding invitations, and I hope you enjoy them. If you know of any great invitation designers make sure to leave the info in the comments below.
Fox Grove Designs has a variety of really cool wedding invitations. I love all of the elegant details and sweet touches that really make these designs unique.
Bunglehouse Designs based in Alabama, features sweet invitations that really make me feel right at home.
I discovered Pickle Doodle Designs today and absolutely fell in love with their unique style and flair.
It's going to be so hard to pick the perfect wedding invitation.
If you're a designer or you're looking to design and add some flare to your wedding invitations, check out Creative Market's resources that are perfect for weddings.
It seems like everyday a new and innovative social network is popping up. I become totally entranced by each and every APP or website that offers the ability for me to connect with the world across the internet. Do you ever feel the same?
The use of social icons on your website or blog can really be advantageous to attracting new customers and readers. In addition, adding social icons to your portfolio allows you to reach a wider range of people. Each social network tends to reach a different type of audience and if you can tap into each of those different groups of people you will dramatically increase the reach and distribution of your content.
There are so many different ways to get social, but having icons for your readers to click through on your blog or website is one of the easiest ways to connect. I've selected a few of my favorites from Creative Market to help you start getting social:
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