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Mmmm, now that's some tasty color Karl Addison has been drawing up for the Seattle Bagel Bakery.
Hand-drawn ads were much more the norm a few decades ago. It was probably the advancements in photography, creating a much quicker turnaround and offering more control for the ad wizards that pushed out the regularity of the style. Now while this category has made room for computer-drawn as well, latley there has been a resurgence with straight-up hand-drawn logos & advertisements rounding out many companies identities. This style can give an old fashion, home-made, classic, tactile feel and it adds in a sense of craft that is often not translated to the consumer through photography.
Kind, gentle, rich, thoughtful, welcoming, serious, worn and tested... subdued colors soothe your mind and could comfort you into buying just about any product. More often natural and analogous, these color combinations often give an 'old' or 'vintage' feeling, sometimes unintentionally. Using a overlaid textures can visually calm a stronger color into a more subdued color. Here are some examples selected from Ads of the World.
Post your subdued palettes and patterns in the comments, or any Print Ads you've seen recently that fit with this trend.
Colors that fall on the spectrum between the edge of baby blue and verdigris, including cyan, aquamarine, Bondi blue and teal, have always been a popular choice for websites. Whether used as the dominating color or just an accent this range can give websites a calming yet refreshing feel. Here are a few recent additions to this beautiful range.
Themeleon makes it easy to design your Twitter profile by helping you combine the more than 1 Million Color Palettes & 1 Million Seamless Patterns created by the COLOURlovers community. The newly relaunched Themeleon is making it even easier to design an awesome profile with ready-made themes and a redesigned workspace. Read on to learn more about the #NewThemeleon, or...
*Even if Twitter hasn't updated your account, we'll still give you a sneak peek at what it will look like.*
The #NewTwitter layout means more goodness is packed into each page and when designing your profile it makes sense to show you what that goodness will look like. We moved the entire Themeleon tool into the collapsible area at the top of the page and gave you a live preview of what your new profile will actually look like as you click around and design your perfect profile.
You'll still see a live preview of your work down below, but we've updated the preview with the new twitter layout.
We redesigned the workspace to be more compact and fit in ready-made themes from our new partner TweetyGotBack.com.
We also gave you a preview of the layout and how the colors fit into the layout. All you have to do is click one of the color squares and change the layout on the fly.
We're showing you by default the most interesting patterns being created by the COLOURlovers community... and some of the patterns being made with Seamless are absolutely stunning.
We are launching with 30+ beautiful ready-made themes from our friends at Threadless.com, NASA.gov along with a handful of other talented artists. And we'll be adding more and more themes from our partner sites and indie artists... Some of those artists could be COLOURlovers!
Soon you'll be able to save and access your previous profile designs, so you can switch things up for an event or holiday without losing and having to recreate your theme from scratch. And when you're creating those really amazing theme combinations, if you want to, you'll be able to share them with the rest of the 400,000+ COLOURlovers community like you already do with palettes & patterns... We know how creative and talented you all are and we're really excited about the quality of killer themes you'll be making and sharing.
The tool buttons are your friends. From top to bottom: Undo. Shuffle Layout Colors. Apply Layout Colors to Pattern. Apply Pattern Colors to Layout.
If you want to use a specific pattern on COLOURlovers in your twitter profile, all you need to do is click the follow button on that pattern and then change the drop-down under Background: Patterns to be your New, Following Patterns. (You need to be logged into COLOURlovers to see this option.)
Click the Hide Arrow to collapse the design workspace and see your more of your twitter profile design. To get the workspace back, simply click the Show Arrow that replaced the Hide.
If you ever forget what color is what in the layout area, you can always look at the layout preview for reference... but if it still isn't clear, leave your mouse pointer over a color square for a sec and a helpful label will pop up to tell you what that color is connected to.
Maybe our updated tool will inspire people to be even more creative with their profile designs... because when we looked into the colors of the social web and what color people used the most when designing their twitter profiles... Not many ventured that far away from Twitter's light blue colors. But, you bold color adventurers are sure to set sail for exotic destinations.
At the end of 2009 we launched a fun app to let you the people define and share what color you saw representing 2010. Well this year isn't over and we still want you to name the color you feel best embodies this year... and to sweeten the deal, we're going to give away a huge box of color goodies to 5 random color trendsetters that name their color.
See, we at COLOURlovers think the smartest and most talented people in the world really do set the color trends... they create the next great designs that shape our creative landscape and they vote with their dollars and purchase the colors they love... So we want their option, YOUR opinion. Name your color of 2010 and win awesome COLOURloving stuff.
All you need to do is use ColoroftheYear.com - to name & describe your Color of 2010.
Your thoughtful entry will get you in the running for one of those 5 goodie boxes... and if you share your color via Facebook or Twitter, you'll double your chances and get a second entry in the drawing.
Win an Awesome Creative Goodie Box Worth $200+
We'll award 5 random trendsetters with a creative goodie box that includes:
|ColorSchemer Software ($49.99)|
The best professional color software from creative folks. The new ColorSchemer let's you browse palettes on COLOURlovers and a future update will let you start making and publishing palettes to COLOURlovers too.
|COLOURlovers Sponsorship (x2) ($40.00)|
We'll give you two sponsored memberships to COLOURlovers. Use one and give another to a friend. It lasts all year... and we're adding more and more great benefits for sponsors.
|COLOURlovers T-Shirt (x2) ($36.00)|
You share the color love all the time... Now you can wear the color love too! You'll get our logo shirt and our color love blind shirt.
|Spoonflower Gift Certificate ($50)|
Have you made some beautiful patterns with Seamless? Well, why not order that pattern on some fabric from our friends at Spoonflower?
|Action Method - Journal ($17.50)|
Take notes about all your wonderful ideas with an Action Journal.
|Moo Mini Card Pack($20)|
Moo prints mini cards with a selection of some great palettes from COLOURlovers... but you could also put something else beautiful on your cards... like your face. You decide!
Name a Color in 5 Easy Steps.
As you complete one step, the next will automatically give you suggestions to help you find your color.
1. Describe Your Color
2. Choose Your Hue
3. Set Your Mood
4. Select Your Color
5. Woohoo! You Found Your Color
Now all you need to do now is name your color. Share it with your friends and post the badge in the comments below too.
(Only 1 entry per person will count towards the drawing, but you're free to name more than 1 color of 2010. You have to name your color by September 9th... We'll announced the winners September 10th.
*And make sure you login somehow otherwise we won't know how to get your your goodie box.*)
As suggested by ycc2106, Highwireart & elibby, in the comments of our last fine set of new seamless patterns, and liddle_r in the forum post August 2010: Fabulous pattern discoveries, here are (only) some of the great recent patterns coming out of Seamless.
For some more original patterns follow along and post your own in the forum thread Original Pattern Designs! started by ManiacPlz or follow the real-time fun by browsing the most recent patterns to watch for those new designs popping up periodically amongst the always dazzling color variations of the already created patterns.
We recently came across the inspiring work of Megan Geckler, and ycc2106's Seamless interpretation of I can tell you how this ends, 2007, it's fantastic, and what's even more fantastic is the group Interpretation Fun focused on that very exercise of interpreting inspiring photos into new patterns.
Original Pattern By: ycc2106
Historically interesting and well designed letterheads collected on Leterheady make up today's color inspiration. Leterheady was started by Shaun Usher, and is an "online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, at Letterheady they don't care about the letter's content. Just its design."
A young company "driven by their passion for travel and software," Explorra is a travel site that offers a range of travel inspiration tools, social features, a full service API for developers, and a Travel by Color tool.
Pick your favorite color, or take your chances with a random selection, and if you need more color inspiration to narrow down the hue for your next holiday check out 1000 (Colorful) Places to see Before you Die or these travel and location inspired COLOURlovers groups: Location Location Location, Travel & Around the World.