Betabrand leggings design contest

Betabrand leggings design contest

Have you ever wanted to design something that will actually get turned into a finished product you can wear? Now's your chance! Betabrand is partnering with COLOURlovers for an incredible new contest. Betabrand, a company based in San Francisco, is an online community that designs, manufactures, and releases new items every week! They are now launching a new clothing line for women and we’re going to help them choose colors for one of their designs.  Our users will be choosing five colors for a pair of Betabrand leggings.

Here's how it works

Users will use the palette tool on the entry page to color in a five-color Betabrand template for their new leggings.  Once an entry is completed, you can vote for your favorites by ‘loving’ them in our gallery.  You can begin ‘loving’ submissions as soon as they are created!

The 9 most loved designs will be featured on Betabrand's site and the design with the most votes on their site will win.


The top 9 finalists will receive a Think Tank designer t-shirt

Grand prize winner: The prototype of their leggings, a chance to crowdfund their design into production with Betabrand, $200 Betabrand Credit and a Think Tank designer t-shirt!
2 runners-up: $50 credit plus TT designer t-shirt


  • Tuesday, February 25th:  Contest is open for submissions – up to three per user!
  • Sunday, March 2nd: Submissions Close at 10pm PST.
  • Monday, March 3rd: Top 9 most loved entries will be moved over to Betabrand’s site.  Voting will recommence on their site for the remainder of the contest.
  • Tuesday, March 4th: Voting on Betabrand opens.
  • Monday, March 10th: Monday, March 10th: Betabrand voting closes at 10pm PST.
  • Tuesday, March 11th: Winners Announced
  • Tuesday, April 8th: Winner's design goes live on Betabrand for crowdfunding.


Please keep in mind there is a limit of three entries per person, so make your designs count!

To get started with this contest, click the link for the contest entry page.

Looking to cast your vote? You can view entries here.

We wish you the best of luck and happy designing!

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ROY G. BIV - An Interview with Author Jude Stewart - Part 2

ROY G. BIV - An Interview with Author Jude Stewart - Part 2

Here at COLOURlovers we are absolutely in love with everything related to color and color theory.  We recently posted the first part of our interview with the incredible and talented Jude Stewart, author of the new book ROY G. BIV. Her book delves into the exciting and wonderful world of color.

We had the chance to sit down with her an ask her some more questions about color and her new book.

What inspired you to write this book?

ROY G. BIV started as a magazine column for a now-defunct publication called STEP Inside Design. I pitched them the idea of an infographic-style column over two pages that would capture some of the quirkier anecdotes and facts I could amass about a given color. The premise for that column was pretty simple: since nobody is inventing new colors, graphic designers (like STEP’s readers) have to dig deep into the same colors to build brand-new color palettes for that next project. I wanted to give them fresh inspiration, reawaken their eyes, and jolt them into thinking differently about color, its meanings and associations.

That column ran for just over a year, but even as it ended I found I had lots of great material, and much more to say, around this topic of color. So I started noodling how to package the idea as a book. That posed new challenges: how do you write a satisfying (and finite) book about a potentially infinite topic like color? How do you trawl an ocean? I wanted to keep some of that non-linear, infographic-style freedom while still providing a book you could read cover-to-cover if you chose. I really love books that offer readers a compelling game, that press the boundaries of what we think books can be formally. After experimenting with a few formats, I hit upon this idea of organizing the chapters into single colors, but supplementing that clear, linear organization by sprinkling thematic cross-references throughout the text. So if you’re reading in the pink chapter about Mountbatten Pink, which the British briefly used to paint warships during WWII, you’re invited to hop to another anecdote about imperialism in color in the green chapter: an entry debating whether or not Napoleon was killed by his green, arsenic-soaked wallpaper.

How did you research this book?

I’d say the hardest part of researching the book was deciding when and how to stop. There’s simply tons of fascinating material out there about color, but you can’t own a zillion-page book. Ultimately I decided on a few rules-of-thumb that I explain in the book’s introduction. I didn’t see the point of listing every single meaning for the color red because really, what good is that? You’re going to forget most of that laundry list until there’s a gripping story attached to a particular meaning. So I focused on the best, juiciest stories connecting colors to various meanings – facts and anecdotes that caught my attention and sustained it, that felt like a revelation.

I also tried to tackle many big-picture color questions—Why is the sky blue? Why is pink for girls and blue for boys? Why do prisoners wear orange?— but I included only those explanations that involved a bang-up good story, one that would swim suddenly into focus the next time you encountered that color.

Who designed the cover?

I developed the book’s design concept with my dear friends Chrish Klose and Tine Gundelach, formerly of Studio Grau in Berlin. Chrish now runs a lovely bookbinding and paper-goods studio with her sister Jenny called Wednesday Paper Works. Because she was busy with this new venture, we turned the project over to a new designer, the amazing Oliver Munday. He took the project over the finish line while giving it a unique stamp of his own. I can’t imagine a stronger realization of this elusive idea than his.

What inspired you to select the specific quotes you feature in your book? Do you have a favorite?

I love so many of the color quotes, it’s tough to choose a favorite. I suppose I selected all of these because they make it clear how forceful people’s opinions can be about colors. Color is an incredibly strong topic that riles people up.

But it’s cheating if I don’t actually choose a favorite quote, right? Below are two of my favorites. I like how, as a pair, they express color’s dual nature: both a trick of perception, a cognitive phenomenon dependent on many factors, and as an emotional, visceral, swooning experience.

Color is an illusion, but not an unfounded illusion.

—C.L. Hardin, author of Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow

 Color is like a closing eyelid, a tiny fainting spell . . .

—Roland Barthes, French philosopher and cultural theorist

So, Jude now that we know a little bit about your book ...Tell us about the woman behind the masterpiece.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Philadelphia and have lived for long stretches in New York, Berlin, New Haven CT, and now Chicago.

When did you begin writing?

ROY G. BIV is my first full-length book on my own, but I do have other book projects. I translated Tales of the Danube, a book of fairy tales, from the German – that translation will be published later this year.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is probably John McPhee. He’s a long-time New Yorker writing with a marvelously fine style, just perfect really. He’s written a book called Oranges that represents possibly my ideal of what’s beautiful and true in a great book. It started with a mundane premise: back in the 1960s, he wrote a magazine article about how frozen orange-juice concentrate was so popular it was eclipsing fresh-squeezed juice. So he trundled down to Florida to figure out how and why that could be true. Out of this fairly humdrum concept he unearths this extraordinary story spooling all around oranges: their history as a fruit, the lore surrounding them, the industries intertwined with them, how culture and fruit and color intersect in this humble food. It’s incredibly good.

What are you working on now?

I’m having my first baby, a boy named Lev Henry, in early August. A monster project in a pint-sized package! I’m also working on a second book project, a popular cultural history of graphic patterns like polka dots, camouflage, fleur de lis, et cetera. (We are pleased to announce that Jude gave birth to a healthy baby boy after this interview! Congratulations Jude!)

More about Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for magazines including Slate, The Believer and Fast Company, among others. As a contributing editor for Print, she blogs twice monthly about color, patterns, and other design-related hilarities. Her book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available now. She lives in Chicago.


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Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design

Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design

SolveigEugenia Design has officially opened up shop on Creative Market, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This shop has so many colorful and creative illustrations, its perfect for COLOURlovers everywhere.

I've selected some of my favorites below, and I hope you enjoy them!

Colorful Polygon Background

Artistic Female Vector Illustration

Beautiful Girl Vector Illustration

Orange and Purple Polygon Pattern

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Creative Market Bundle on AppSumo

Creative Market Bundle on AppSumo

Today, Creative Market is proud to announce the launch of 'The Best of Creative Market bundle' with AppSumo. This bundle will be available for one week only!

The bundle includes over 70 of Creative Market's top selling products and is worth $1500....But, lucky you for this week only the bundle costs $39!

There is a sumo-load amount of goodies in this bundle including:

- 3233 Icons
- 8 Bootstrap Themes
- 250 iOS7 Icons
- 188 PhotoShop Actions
- Over 100 PSD Mockups
- 100 Photoshop Brushes
- 6 Texture Packs, 8 Vector Packs, 2 Photo Packs
- Tons and tons more

Pick up this bundle if you're just starting out in design or development, or if you're already an incredible designer. There are so many amazing resources anyone in the field can have fun with them!

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Insights into the World of Color - Interview with Jude Stewart, Author:  'Roy G. Biv' - Part 1

Insights into the World of Color - Interview with Jude Stewart, Author: 'Roy G. Biv' - Part 1

Color is absolutely fascinating, don't you think? Over the years I've seen thousands of studies conducted on the significance of certain colors, how colors make us feel, and that ways colors influence our decision making.

Color is something we are exposed to in all aspects of our daily lives, when we walk into a room, look at a flyer, take a shower, and pretty much a part of every other experience we have on a moment-to-moment basis. Jude Stewart, an incredible author and new mother, and I had a chance to talk about color and her new book ROY G. BIV, a book not only filled with fun color facts but interesting information you've probably never heard before in regard to the world of color. Today, we're bringing you part of our colorful interview with Jude to celebrate the release of her new book ROY G. BIV, and tomorrow we will bring you Part 2!

ROY G. BIV, is not only a reference guide to help people understand color better, but a powerful inspiration tool for anyone interested in design, color, and aesthetics. I had the chance to ask Jude a few questions about the book and herself as an author. Below you'll find part of our interview delving into the magical world of color.

Jude, What is Your Favorite Color?

"Ha! I love this question and have finally figured out a snappy answer. I’m mad for this color I like to call “highlighter yellow”, a highly acidic yellow-green. I like it so much I blogged about it for Print Magazine (nice pics in there, btw): Hard to say why it draws my eye so insistently – it seems clean, electric, and punches up every outfit I wear. It’s definitely among the odder shades that probably only color-aficionados love."

You mentioned different shades, what is a shade in color theory?

"I’m not an expert in color theory, but in writing my book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, naturally I had to get up-to-speed with the basics. As I understand it, Color has three chief characteristics: its hue (the color itself), saturation (a color’s purity, or how much black or white has been mixed in), and brightness (approximately what shade of gray a color generates in a black-and-white photocopy). Not sure how a true color-theorist would define the term “shade”, but “brightness” seems to cover it. Here’s hoping one of your readers can enlighten us all!"

I found this interesting image that hopefully help you better understand shades from a visual perspective:

Where do color meanings originally stem from and what accounts for different cultures attributing different meanings to certain colors?

This may seem obvious, but most of color’s meanings stem from the most common objects surrounding us in that color. The tricky part, of course, is in defining what’s a “common object” in a given cultural context, and how that influences color’s meanings within that culture.

I like this quote from the American painter Robert Motherwell: “The ‘pure’ red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise we would have no feeling toward red and its relations.” Red is perhaps THE most universal color-connotation in cultures across the globe. It’s very consistently associated with blood and the many emotions – valor, passion, pain – that blood suggests.

Of course, what’s really intriguing is when color meaning diverge across cultures – for instance, how the color black suggests fecundity and rich soils in many arid cultures, like the Uruk people in Iraq and many corners of northwestern Africa. That’s not a connotation most Westerners bring to black, but only because our culture – and weather patterns – don’t suggest this meaning as strongly.

Can you explain the significance of commonly used terminology of black or white and gray area?

"I delve into this a lot in ROY G. BIV. Again, I particularly like examples where other languages use color-metaphors that differ from the ones we use in English – it helps us “see” the color through a totally different lens. There’s a really curious color-shift that happens in German for many color metaphors, for example. They go “yellow with envy” (gelb vor Neid), “black with rage” (schwarz mit Ärger), get as “blue drunk as a violet” (blau wie ein Veilchen), and “beat someone up green and yellow” (jemanden grün und gelb schlagen). Germans and Americans aren’t so far apart culturally, yet they happen to notice totally different colors in their bruises and capture that difference in a common color-saying. Funny and very interesting, right?"

So, What color is the universe?

I thought you’d never ask! This is one of my favorite anecdotes from ROY G. BIV. Two astronomers from Johns Hopkins tackled this very question in a 2002 academic conference. Their paper was actually about a related subject: the age of the known universe. They had studied the colors of stars in over 200,000 galaxies; color is a dead giveaway for a particular star’s age, or point in its lifecycle. As a funny footnote they decided to calculate the average color of the universe based on the same data. Drumroll, please…they concluded it was turquoise.

Fast forward two months, however, and the plot thickened when a color scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology re-ran the numbers and concluded they’d made an error. The universe is actually, anti-climactically, beige. The reasons why are a bit technical to explain, but they boil down to this: the Johns Hopkins team had incorrectly set what’s known as the “white point”, the point at which light appears white to the human eye under different kinds of illumination. If you’ve ever bought a sweater or paint color under one kind of illumination in the store, then brought it home and hated the color under different illumination, you’ve been foiled by a shifting white point, too.


Check back tomorrow to learn more about the book itself, and read the rest of my colorful interview with Jude. ROY G BIV is available for purchase today!

More About Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for magazines including Slate, The Believer and Fast Company, among others. As a contributing editor for Print, she blogs twice monthly about color, patterns, and other design-related hilarities. Her book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available now. She lives in Chicago.

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9 Colorful Wedding Websites

9 Colorful Wedding Websites

These days part of your wedding planning absolutely needs to include the construction of a wedding website. A wedding website is the key element that helps your guests know important wedding updates, where to go for the reception, and it's even a place that can help you keep track of your RSVPs.

I scoured the web to find you inspirational examples of colorful wedding websites for your enjoyment that do a great job of telling guests about the bride and groom as well as providing them with all the important info they need for the big day. Check out the sites I found below:

CMYK Themed Wedding

Matthew and Lauren's website was color themed! Woo hoo! The CMYK theme was totally cool, and their wedding website matched the theme perfectly. Their website includes a guest book, information about the wedding, the registry, and more. It's a fun and colorful site designed entirely by the bride and groom.

Pink & Teal Colorful Tented Wedding

This cool couple decided to throw a fun and brightly colored circus inspired wedding featuring a big tent and ticket stubs as part of the theme. Their wedding website features incredibly bold colors and is actually easy to use!

Zachary & Tiffany's Wedding

This wedding website features bold and contrasting colors, with creative typography and illustrations weaved in throughout the site.

Jess and Russ's Black and Gold Wedding Website

I'm head over heels in love with the design of this wedding site. Not only does it have cool typography, and interesting illustrations, it tells the couple's story in a unique parallax design. It's an incredibly sleek, elegant, and gorgeous website.

Tangerine and Sky Blue Wedding Website

Karl and Gina's wedding website is not only romantic, it's incredibly cute and sweet. I love the color combination of tangerine and sky blue along with the sweet illustrated characters.

Hipster Chic Wedding Website

Ross and Jess decided to go incredibly hipster for the design of their wedding website. The design incorporates frames, and very chic color choices that are slightly muted but elegant.

Red and Mint Colorful Wedding Website

Jenny and Grayden decided to tell their love story with incredibly unique and cool graphics and an awesome color combination that isn't only trendy but works well together.

Nanda and Juan Diego

This wedding website is jam packed with fun and bright colors. It's perfect for an outdoor summer wedding that will make everyone smile.

Chad and Katie Covered in Purple

Purple is one of my favorite colors, and this lovely couple incorporates purple elements beautifully into the design of their website.

Totally in love with these gorgeous and colorful wedding websites? If you're getting married soon, check out these website you can customize to your needs:

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Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology

Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology

Eclectic Anthology is an incredible collection of digital graphic design resources by Catherine Haugland. You'll find an incredible array of vintage styled designs that you can download and use to create incredible paper products, scrapbooks, and much more. Here are some of my favorite items from Eclectic Anthology:

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Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners

Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners


We recently announced the 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts artist contest to be ArrayofLilly for her stunning design Discography. Today, we are pleased to announce the 2nd through 4th place winners that the COLOURlovers community voted on by showing them some love.

In case you forgot, the 2nd through 4th place winners will receive two cases of their own design, the credit card backplate, and a royalty agreement.

The 2nd place winning design comes from yncolor, a COLOURlover since 2012 who you may know as Yori. Yori created an incredible design, and you guys loved it! Check out Peonies below:

The third place winning design in the Graft Concepts contest comes from moldypetunia, who you all may know as Petunia (or Sara), a COLOURlover since 2009. She created a gorgeous design that you guys all showed a lot of love! Check out entwined below:

Now, last but certainly not least the fourth place winning design comes from ninest, a recent addition to the COLOURlovers community. Check out her winning design Afternoon Tea below:

Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest as well! Keep checking back for new and exciting contests we will have in the future!

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Creative graphic design resources from Rebekah Kreiger

Creative graphic design resources from Rebekah Kreiger

Rebekah Kreiger is the graphic artist behind Tangle's Treasures, where she offers a variety of images and creations for use by other designers and creatives. Her designs have been showcased everywhere from small business branding and images to the largest multi-national corporations. Check out some of her amazing designs, and start using them to create incredible web designs and graphics or items for print like invitations and brochures.


Fairy ClipArt


Forest Animal ClipArt

Hand drawn leaves and laurels

Doodle Frames

Build-a-Bouquet ClipArt

Watercolor Flower ClipArt

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Cute ClipArt from Olga Galeeva

Cute ClipArt from Olga Galeeva

Olga is a graphic designer and stay at home mom based in Moscow. She has an incredible eye for cute design and is great at crafting sweet clip art designs that can be used for everything from invitations to flyers and other papers goods.

Check out some of my favorite items from Olga below:

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