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Themeleon: Simply Beautiful Twitter Themes

Themeleon: Simply Beautiful Twitter Themes


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...

Get designing and try Themeleon!

*Even if Twitter hasn't updated your account, we'll still give you a sneak peek at what it will look like.*

What's New in Themeleon

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.

More & More Beautiful Theme Options Coming Soon

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.

Tips & Tricks

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.

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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.

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Name Your Color of the Year: Win a Goodie Box

Name Your Color of the Year: Win a Goodie Box


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.


Name Your Color of 2010. Click Here.


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.
http://www.creativesoutfitter.com/Products/Action-Journal/19
   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.*)

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MEMBERlove: Favorite New Seamless Patterns

MEMBERlove: Favorite New Seamless Patterns


As suggested by ycc2106Highwireartelibby, 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.

"The minute I saw this blog, I was like HEY! Real life versions of our patterns. =)" - leslie

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

Flying_Trapeze Beltaine

are_you_ready schemed_fields

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2 & 3 Color Palettes Inspired by Letterheads

2 & 3 Color Palettes Inspired by Letterheads


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."

Walt Disney



Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

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Travel by Color

Travel by Color


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 LocationTravel & Around the World.

Hit Pink

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The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations

The Color Strata & Other XKCD Color Data Visualizations


The Color Strata was created by Weather Sealed. Weather Sealed (whose informative work has been mentioned here once before) is Steven Von Worley who "finds inspiration at the fringes of art, science, photography, and life" and turns it into "quality over quantity, original content, and the occasional chuckle." See it all here. The Color Strata is based on data from XKCD color survey.

The self described "incorrigible data hound" Von over at Weather Sealed who like all good hounds for interesting information keeps his nose up for new work by  XKCD, another person (Randall Munroe) of the interesting sorts, who has a hilarious archive of "romance, sarcasm, math and language" comics, and a knack for research. Recently XKCD released the findings from his color study.

The Color Study

Here's a snippet from the color study results page:

Thank you so much for all the help on the color survey.  Over five million colors were named across 222,500 user sessions.  If you never got around to taking it, it’s too late to contribute any data, but if you want you can see how it worked and take it for fun here.

First, a few basic discoveries:

  • If you ask people to name colors long enough, they go totally crazy.
  • “Puke” and “vomit” are totally real colors.
  • Colorblind people are more likely than non-colorblind people to type “fuck this” (or some variant) and quit in frustration.
  • Indigo was totally just added to the rainbow so it would have 7 colors and make that “ROY G. BIV” acronym work, just like you always suspected. It should really be ROY GBP, with maybe a C or T thrown in there between G and B depending on how the spectrum was converted to RGB.
  • A couple dozen people embedded SQL ‘drop table’ statements in the color names. Nice try, kids.
  • Nobody can spell “fuchsia”.
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Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'

Daily Inspiration from 'A Collection a Day'


If you're looking for some vintage color inspiration, or a little from the unusual category, check out the progress of Lisa Congdon and her project, A Collection a Day. Today is only day 155 so we still have plenty look forward from the 365 day project.

From her collection page:

This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.


fly_away plasticities

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Colorful Scraper Bikes

Colorful Scraper Bikes


My love for bikes of all kinds has been documented well on my other blog, so of course I was excited when I introduced to Scraper Bikes via this amazing short documentary, Scrapertown:


Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Coming out of Oakland, CA the Scraper Bike kids trick out their bikes in rainbows of color with cardboard, tinfoil, spray paint, and found objects. Two years ago they became a YouTube phenomenon and since then, they've continued to expand, and are still trying to green up Oakland, keep kids in school, and keep them busy with their bikes so they're staying out of trouble. It's such a great grassroots advocacy for safety on the streets.

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Recent Colorful Wallpapers From Kitsune Noir

Recent Colorful Wallpapers From Kitsune Noir


You shall never lack for an interesting backdrop on your computer, thanks to Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Noir. I've long been a fan of Bobby's blog and his Desktop Wallpaper Project is no exception. It completely elevates the idea of a computer background into art, and every week features another awesome illustrator or designer. Bobby's been at this awhile so there is a decent archive of work to pick through as well. Seriously, dude brought in some big guns here. Here's a few of my favorites.

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Movie Still Palette Inspiration

Movie Still Palette Inspiration


It may not be a new idea, among our chromatically-inclined kind, to conjure up a film-inspired color palette or two. But I especially dig the totally awesome pairing of film still photography + their color palettes. It is the peanuts and the M&Ms (sorry chocolate purists).

This totally awesome website, i love hotdogs, is a boon for such stills. And also very handy for updating the netflix queue as well! Mostly cult or independent films from 1940s-1990s, there are lots of images from each of the movies. I picked some neat ones from the various eras and threw in a couple of my own. If you're looking for more inspiration or want to share some of your own fav's check out these movie related groups: Moving Pictures, Movie Themed Group, Movies, Stage and Screen, Cinema!This is my favorite movie!!

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