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Warm & Familiar: The Shades of Autumn

Warm & Familiar: The Shades of Autumn


The fall season is second to none. There's something about the crisp breezes brushing against my cheeks and the leaves crunching underneath my feet that are familiar. A reminder of how refreshing and beautiful this variegated transition from the dog days of summer into the tranquility of winter can be.

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With so many memories--new and old--conjured in the presence of autumn, I find myself flooded by their warmth and comfort, as well as their adventure and intrigue.

Waking up in the mornings to family time in the backyard. What I then considered chores were actually chances for my family and I to bask in the company of love and fun. Raking leaves was more than work; it was us versus them in strategic, yet friendly Backyardigan turf wars.

Source: fall..it is. by Lisa Morrow

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Squarespace Website Design Contest Winners

Squarespace Website Design Contest Winners


Howdy COLOURlovers! You guys have done it again -- great job with your colorful entries in our Website Design Contest, which was brought to you by our friends at Squarespace.

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Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

Just a quick recap of what the 5 talented winners of this contest will receive:

First Place (chosen by Squarespace) gets a copy of the awesome Pantone Essentials book, a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

Second - Fourth Place (chosen by community votes) get a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

Fifth Place (chosen at random by the COLOURlovers team) gets a free year of Squarespace, and a Squarespace t-shirt.

And with that out of the way, let's see who are winners are!

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The Colorful & Otherworldly Landscapes of Utah

The Colorful & Otherworldly Landscapes of Utah


I have to say, when I've thought of Utah in the past, color was not a word that I would have associated with the hot, arid, and rocky terrain pictured in my mind's eye. That is until my introduction to the landscape photography of Jeremy Davies. Jeremy is one of the many fantastic photographers that work with us here at myPhotopipe, and his work brings depth and visual artistry to a landscape just as vibrant as his approach and technique. Jeremy has a way of interpreting what he sees and feels in the world around him into a tangible manifestation the rest of us can admire from  a distance that's oftentimes otherworldly, yet connect with personally.

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Introducing you to the array of chroma Utah's eclectic landscapes has to offer seems like a natural progression in this budding love affair of colorful photography we're sharing. Allowing yourself to get lost in the escapism Jeremy's sensible, yet discerning eye offers will open you up to a plethora of possible color combinations when examining the color palettes of his photography.

Source: Jeremy Davies

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A sunset photo of the Great Salt Lake. The posts pictured were once used as support for Saltar Resort, back in the late 1800's.

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Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites

Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites


Howdy COLOURlovers! We've had a great time browsing through all of your colorful website design entries for the past week. It's like you guys know a thing or two about color. ;)

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This contest was brought to you by our friends at Squarespace. Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

This is a friendly reminder that the entry period for this contest ends TODAY at 6pm Pacific. Which means now is the time to go vote for your favorite designs! Voting will remain open until this Sunday, September 23rd, at 10pm Pacific, and we'll be announcing the winners here on the blog on Monday, September 24th.

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Squarespace Website Design Contest

Squarespace Website Design Contest


Who's ready for another design contest? Well we've got something special up our sleeve and this time the great people at Squarespace are joining in the fun.

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Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

For this contest, Squarespace wants to see your best color palettes used in a web template that they've provided. They've also put together a few awesome prizes for the winners. Take a look below on how you can participate.

How to Enter

COLOURlovers members will create a custom color palette and use it to color in a web template. Each color will be associated with a certain part of the web layout. Members are limited to just 3 contest entries, so choose your palettes wisely.

Sound like fun? To get started, just head on over to our Contest Page where you can create your color palette and submit your entry.

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iPhone Design + Branding Trends

iPhone Design + Branding Trends


Mobile design and branding are two very important pieces of today's design culture. More than ever, people are jumping into the world of mobile and trying to tackle the needs of consumers.

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Here is a collection of iPhone apps that have a great design as well as top-notch branding from start to finish. Check out the various mobile trends that are taking over the mobile design world.


Source: Flowerly by Justalab


Source: OATbook by Rob Cleaton


Yardsale by Sarah Mick


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 What mobile design elements are your favorite of the moment?

 

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Be The Next GelaSkins Artist :: Design Contest

Be The Next GelaSkins Artist :: Design Contest


Be the next GelaSkins artist! Gelaskins works with some of the world's finest talent to bring stunning art to any device. You could be the next artist to be featured on GelaSkins and have your pattern available worldwide!

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GelaSkins is passionate about great design which is why you'll find some of world's most creative minds gracing their pages. A portion of each skin, case or print sold goes directly to the creator, helping to support and promote independent artists everywhere. Pretty neat, right?

The HardCase is the newest addition to the product family. It is a tough polycarbonate case made to protect iPhones and impact damage and everyday wear-and-tear. Simple to install and remove, the one-piece snap-on construction holds tight for maximum protection. The HardCase allows for easy access to buttons and is compatible with charging cables and screen protectors.

So let's get down to business! Here are the details to enter our contest and possibly win the fabulous prices below.

How to enter:

Submit one of your patterns here. Just select a pattern template that you designed and colored and apply it to the hardcase... Easy as that! Give it a try.

Prizes:

1st place prize: Winner will become the next GelaSkins artist, and will collect royalties on the sale of their design to our customers.

Runners Up: The 2nd-5th runners up will receive $100 gift card towards custom GelaSkins featuring your pattern.

The 1st place winner will be chosen by GelaSkins but the 2nd-5th place winners will be chosen via voting by your community. Once you create your submission, make sure to check out the other submissions and vote for your favorites.

Submissions will close June 4th and we will be announcing the winner on June 5! Good luck!

View all the entries here: Gelaskins Hardcase Entries.

Contest Rules:
All designs entered stay owned by the creators. The grand prize winner agrees to share their design rights with Geleskins, and participate as one of their designers. They will earn a part of all sales of their design.

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Redesign The Web by Smashing Magazine

Redesign The Web by Smashing Magazine


We are very excited to review the brand new Smashing Magazine book, REDESIGN THE WEB.  I'll start by saying that I would not only recommend this book to every designer, but it is a must for any person who is in the position to make decisions about their website. Why do I think this? Understanding the how and why behind design allows you to learn the types of questions you should be asking about your website and will help the entire design process immensely.

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Let's start by taking a look at the table of contents:

Chapter 1, The Business Side of Redesign, was my favorite chapter in the book. Focusing on the business of design is by far the most important part. This concept can sometimes be overlooked when you get caught up in "making it pretty". "The most powerful defense against fashion is simple: we must ask why." Great tip to try next time your clients wants a "make my website look like that" design.

Another great point brought up in this chapter is the designer-client relationship. I agree that many of these relationships are broken. Without the client understanding the how and why behind your work they tend to focus on the looks, not the purpose. Here are some pointers to create a better relationship.

Chapter 2 dives into the technical needs of a company and offers some basic advice for clients when it comes to exercising their options and choosing the right platforms for their needs. This includes everything from choosing the right content management system to your commerce platform.

The following chapters cover the basics of HTML5, the great advantages of using CSS3, and some of the new features and benefits both of these languages have to offer. It also touches upon Javascript and some tricks to replace complex JQuery. If you are familiar with both HTML + CSS, you will understand the tips and pointers these chapters have to offer. Here is just an example of what you will find:

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Chapter 7 goes over a variety of Photoshop tools at your disposal. Most of these techniques are pretty basic if you are a Photoshop know-it-all, however there might be a few that you didn't know about. If you are new to photoshop, this chapter is a perfect way to learn some new techniques. Here is an example of  from the book:

The later chapters go into the theory behind design as well as the overall brand. Topics covers are designing with personality and techniques to build better user experiences. Both are very important and something you as a designer can never be reminded of too many times.

The chapter, Designing With Personality, was another stand out chapter of this book. Personality really is what sets brands apart. Below are some examples listed of the benefits of creating a personality.

The concept below is extremely valuable. Copywriting isn't always taken into account in design, but in terms of building a brand with personality, it is a very key element that must be given some thought.

A great example quoted from Chapter 10: "GE made its giant corporation feel more humanly by sharing the individual personality of its workforce. It showed us the passion and pride it has for its craft. and we felt it.

There is a landing page strategy that can absolutely benefit you, further than getting early access sign-ups, that is brought up in this book. This is known as the "hidden survey". You can gauge interest and demand of a product that hasn't even been built yet just by monitoring the number of early-access sign ups. Another great way is offering a short "Help Us Build Something You Want" survey asking them a few short questions geared toward getting valuable information that you can use. Getting to know the people that use your product is the best way to build a product.

If you are just starting in the field of design, this book is definitely for you. It will quickly get you up to speed and give you some great pointers that will most improve your current workflow.

If you are well into the field of design this book might not offer entirely new concepts. Still, there is always an opportunity to learn and overall, it is definitely worth reading to see what new ideas you can take away from it.

Get your copy of the new Smashing Magazine book, Redesign The Web.

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Creative Website Design Trends

Creative Website Design Trends


There are thousands of different ways you can design a website, the options are rather endless in fact. Color palettes, placement, design and branding all come into effect in the same space, so it is important for there to be a cohesive theme throughout. Sometimes we can get stuck in how to design the perfect site for your purposes. So here are a few lesser seen ideas that are sure to inspire your next design.

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How cool is the design behind "loom". This design is very simple with a simple menu to the left and a majority of the page taken up by just one image. It is definitely a different approach from some sites that choose to fill up the homepage with different messages and directions for the viewer. Of course, it depends on the amount of content the site has to offer, but I love the simplicity of a design like this.


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Design Sponge continues to be one of the best resources out there for home decor. This is a perfect example of a site that has so many different directions that could take their readers to, depending on what the reader is looking for. This is a simplified way to show snippets of what the site can offer to readers depending on their needs.


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Here are a few interesting and different designs that you just don't see every day.


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This wedding website is fabulous from top to bottom. Everything from the color palette to the typography choices fit perfectly with the style and feel of the couple. Sometimes shapes and interesting typography can go a long way.


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This whole site from top to bottom is well thought out and well put together. Everything from the font choices to the branding are simple yet effective for this company. I happen to be an ever growing fan of darker more textured backgrounds with bold white font, and this is a great example of that look being done just right.


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There are so many great design trends right now, which look do you like best?

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Color of the Year 2011: By the People [infographic]

Color of the Year 2011: By the People [infographic]


It's that time of year again where we look back on the colors that helped us define a year and look forward to the new colors that will help us paint a beautiful future. We had nearly 1,000 people create their own personal Color of the Year in 2011 and below we'll look at what trends emerged.

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Now that we've done this for two years it's interesting to see the change in colors and the words we use to describe our year. As can be expected, love was the most popular word used to describe your colors. And the top 4 words our community chose for 2011 "Love, Hope, Happy, Fun" were almost the same as last year's "Love, Happy, New Hope." Reds have been the most popular color both years, but 2011's colors are more cooler with more blue, teal, and purple shades.

As always we want to know what you see as the color of the year. We each see the world uniquely and we're here to help you share that wonderful perspective of yours. You can help us shape next year's graphic by naming your own Color of the Year for 2012: www.ColorOfTheYear.com

Nearly 1,000 people from around the world told us their colors of the year for 2011... Here are the people's colors of the year:

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Look Back at the Color of the Year 2010

Want to see how things have changed since our graphic last year? Check out the Colors of the Year 2010 here.

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