Eclectic Color Roundup

Eclectic Color Roundup


Coralie Bickford Smith: The Power of a Limited Palette

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How important is color when you're coming up with a concept? Do you have any colors that you consider favorites?

Color is vitally important – the right combination can make a good design utterly compelling. I like to use a limited palette in a lot of my designs, something I became hooked on at university. We were encouraged to design within constraints and make a virtue out of it, which is one of the most valuable lessons I've learned.


With the clothbound classics, materials and budget dictate that I can only use two colors per book, and there is a further limitation imposed by the range of available cloth and foil. Rather than seeing that as a negative, I love finding the best combination. It's a time-consuming business but such a major element of the design, and when it works it really takes the cover to the next level.

As for favorites, I still love pink foil and dark red cloth on Fairy Tales. It was the first clothbound book I designed, and I spent hours looking at colors to get the choice right.

Via @AmandaMooney

Paul Tebbott

Portfolio (Cargo Collective) | Flickr

Manchester designer and electronic musician, Paul Tebbott.



Color Theory Reference Poster by Paper Leaf

Paper Leaf

The Color Theory Quick Reference Poster for Designers.

Via @COLOURlovers


iBap by OhNo!Doom


iGotaBigAssPocket Concept by Chicago Illustrator / designer collective, Oh No! Doom


Header image by Jason D Page

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