Easter is almost here and with it comes family, flowers, colored eggs, and candy! Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it is also a sign that Spring is on it's way and warmer days are ahead. With Creative Market's new Photo's category, we have seen a lot of really cute images appear just in time for Peter Cotton Tail.
Tiny lily of the valley flowers blossoming amongst leaves in the underwood.
What's better on a hot summer day than a slice of juicy watermelon? Pretty much nothing. If you're planning a hot-weather wedding, consider using this delicious fruit to inspire your wedding menu, decor and so much more!
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Just a quick update regarding the Betabrand Leggings Contest! The crowdfunding was scheduled to begin yestereday, but Betabrand needs a bit more time to make sure everything is perfect for the launch of this exciting next step. You can look forward to the crowdfunding to begin on April 29th, and it will last for 30 days!
Humans have a very deep relationship with color, both on an emotional level and cultural level. Emotionally speaking, we think of "cool blues" and "warm yellows". Colors can either make us feel peaceful, or energized. Culturally speaking, for example, purple is a sign of royalty, and the bright colors of spices are often used in Indian food.
Understanding the meaning of the different colors is very important in all design. People who use color in advertising and logos go to great lengths to consider the psychology of the colors behind what they are creating.
Let's take a closer look at them.
Red creates a sense of urgency. It's very popular in price tags, sale signs, error messages, and stop signs.
Orange symbolizes energy and enthusiasm.
We think of yellow as being bright and happy. In nature, many animal show this color to warn predators of danger.
Green tends to be calming. It is also associated with prosperity and success. In nature, we attribute green to freshness and fertility.
Blue is a calming color that evokes a sense of trust. It is definitely a favorite amongst American politicians.
Violet is the color of luxury and royalty. This color represents wealth and is often used for high-end products.
Know that you know some of the psychology behind colors, how will you incorporate them into your designs?
Bold graphic prints are one of the hottest trends of the season, and we love this look for a modern wedding. Chevrons, bright stripes, florals and global-inspired prints are right at home at spring fetes. Celebrate the season by incorporating a statement-making pattern into your wedding look.
Continuing with last week's theme of color theory, I wanted to dig a little deeper and look at the difference between hue, value, and saturation. These are the three dimensions that humans are able to view color.
Hue is the main property of color. Blue, red, yellow, orange, etc. are all hues.
VALUE (LIGHTNESS & DARKNESS)
Value refers to the spectrum between light and dark colors. You can imagine the spectrum as having white at one end, black at the other end, and greys in the middle. White is the presence of all color, while black is the absence of all color. Value is the luminosity of a specific color.
SATURATION (INTENSITY & RICHNESS)
Saturation is also known as Chroma and refers to a color’s richness and intensity. Washed out colors are located toward the center of the spectrum, while the richest of colors are located toward the outer edge. Saturation refers to how intense or how week a color is.
Why don't you look more closely now at some of these amazing backgrounds and patterns. You can use your newfound vocabulary to talk about the beautiful colors.
If you want to nail the vintage-inspired wedding look, start with your color palette! Soft pinks, mauves, and taupes complement each other beautifully and evoke the feminine fashions of days gone by. Choose flowers, decor, and even a gown in one of these soft shades and you're on your way to a perfect retro-chic wedding.
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There is no right or wrong way to use color, but it is important to learn some general concepts and theories to gain an understanding about how colors work together. Humans respond to color in a very unique way. Color can affect our mood as well as our behavior. It's interesting to examine color theory by exploring color relationships and color schemes.
The color wheel breaks down color relationships into three basic categories: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
These colors are: red, blue, and yellow. They cannot be created by mixing other colors. However, almost all visible colors can be created with these three colors.
These colors are created by mixing together two primary colors:
Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Violet
Tertiary colors are created when you mix one primary color with one secondary color:
Red + Violet = Red-Violet
Yellow + Green = Yellow-Green
You get the idea!
A color scheme is a combination of colors used to convey a particular mood or theme in a design. It helps to create an aesthetic feeling or mood. The most basic color scheme will use two colors, while more advanced color schemes will involve several colors. Color schemes can also help to influence typography and other web elements when designing a website.
Uses a single hue and then a variety of its tints and shades.
Uses three hues next to one another on the color wheel. The combination of Orange-Red, Orange and Yellow is an Analogous color scheme.
Uses hues that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The combination of Red and Green arise a Complementary color scheme.
Uses three colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. The combination of the primary colors, Red, Blue and Yellow is a Triadic color scheme.
Check out the amazing resources at Creative Market where designers show off their knowledge of color theory in their work.
Design Creative Color Concept by Marish
Watercolor Paper Pack by Sea Foam Studio
Crayon Set by Do2design
iOS Color Swatches and Gradients
Roses are red, violets are blue, they say spring is coming... we sure hope it's true!
Florals for spring are always in style, and these garden party-inspired wedding ideas are simply classic. Get ready for the big thaw with beautiful blooming wedding inspiration.
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COLOURlovers was started nearly 10 years ago and has since grown into a community of millions of people from around the world, gathering to share their creative ideas and inspirations. It's been an incredible honor to be a part of such a supportive and creative community and I look forward to celebrating not just our coming 10 year anniversary, but our 20 year and beyond.
Earlier today we shared the news on the Creative Market blog that our company was acquired by Autodesk, one of the world's leading creative companies. The full content of that post is below, but I wanted to share a specific note to the COLOURlovers community.
Our entire company is now a part of Autodesk's consumer group and that includes our COLOURlovers community as well as our ColorSchemer software. Because of our limited resources and our focus on Creative Market in the past year, we haven't spent as much time as I would have wanted working on improving COLOURlovers. As part of a bigger creative company with it's own awesome communities like Instructables, not only will our community continue on being what it is, I hope we can make it even better by being part of a bigger family now.
As can be expected with any announcement where a smaller company joins a larger company, I'm sure some of you are concerned about what this will mean for our community. I understand if you have those concerns, but you needn't worry as Myself, Chris, Aaron and the rest of the team you all know will continue to be here and helping shape the future of loving color for many years to come.
I've said it many times, but I'll never be able to say it enough. Thank you so much for helping us build such a welcome and inspiring place on the internet, and I look forward to many more years of being amazed at all of your ideas and big hearts.
We started over 10 years ago with ColorSchemer.com & COLOURlovers.com, building tools and communities for creators. In that time, we've focused our efforts on making the most intuitive and delightful user experiences for people looking for inspiration and professional help on their design projects.
Our mission has always been to make beautiful design simple and accessible to all. And to us, a big piece missing from creating that experience was a marketplace that had all the assets a creator would need, and fairly valued the designers who bring these goods to market.
Our first year was eye-opening and incredibly rewarding. Our assumptions about the kind of marketplace people really wanted were validated, we were inspired by the response we got from the creative community, and we helped designers around the world earn more than a million dollars.
Not only did we see an overall picture of the impact we were making, we saw it in very personal success stories too. We saw it with individuals like Dustin Lee, Retro Supply Co. who found the income stability from his Creative Market shop sales to take the leap to chase his dream of starting his own company. These success stories were the motivation for us to pour ourselves into our work and to see just how big we could make Creative Market.
Going Really Big.
From the first month we released it to the world, Creative Market’s trajectory has been up-and-to-the-right. As a founder that has struggled through the dark days of bootstrapping a company, our graphs were the kind of thing you check right before going to bed just to make yourself sleep happy thoughts.
After more than 12 straight months of month-over-month revenue growth, we had a lot of interest in our next fundraising round, and we also had interest from folks who wanted to acquire us.
We had our options, but our priority was finding the opportunity that would best allow us to continue working on our vision and give us the resources to make Creative Market really really big.
When I first spoke to the folks at Autodesk, I was impressed with their vision and where they saw an opportunity to develop a more consumer-focused offering to take their decades of design experience and bring that spirit to the maker movement. As a creative, I've always been in awe of the incredible work that folks are able to create with AutoCAD, Maya and Autodesk's other professional design tools. The animated film I just watched with my wife & daughter... made with Autodesk software. Well-engineered sports cars, dream homes... made with Autodesk software.
Our Vision. On Another Level.
Can this champion of design software extend its legacy to empower designers and makers of all levels? We believe the answer is “yes” so much that we've decided to join them and to continue building Creative Market as part of the Autodesk Consumer Group. And we have big plans to help lead them into a future where beautiful design can be simple and accessible to everyone. Helping people “imagine, design and create a better world” is Autodesk’s mission, but it’s also been our driving force at Creative Market since we launched just over a year ago.
The whole Creative Market team is joining Autodesk with the same mission, priorities and feature roadmap that we had before... just now we are part of a family that can help us take what we've been doing to a whole new level.
We've always envisioned a Creative Market that lived beyond the walls of a destination website, integrated within the creative tools people use every day... and as part of a company that ships some of the world's best design software, this will become a reality on a level we couldn't have done on our own.
My co-founders Aaron and Chris will be moving to join our SF team in Autodesk's Pier 9 office and makerspace. We're all incredibly excited about not only the future of Creative Market and its continued success at becoming the best marketplace for amazing design, but also the larger story we're now a part of that has for decades empowered makers of handmade goods, and will now empower makers of mousemade goods too.
What does this mean for the community? For customers, it means access to even more high quality content at affordable prices, as we’re able to grow more quickly. For shop owners, it means we’ll have a larger platform to get your products in front of an even larger audience of customers.
Our Story Continues...
We've still got a lot of pages to write in our story, and we'd love for you to join us as a shop owner, a member of our marketplace community, and a part of our growing team.
Thank you so much for all your continued support and here's to many more years working together in a more beautiful world.
Bubs aka COLOURlover, Founder & CEO.