Is Black the New Black?


If you have ever had even a passing interest in fashion then you will have come across the idiom “the new black.” The term is used to denote something that has had a sudden surge of popularity and can be used on various occasions, using the idea of black as a popular colour. You can also customize the term to suggest popularity in general; for example, if playing hopscotch was the new workout trend you might say “playing hopscotch is the new black in the world of exercise.” You can even use the phrase as a pun, as seen in the case of Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black which is a play on words as in this case the “orange” refers to the colour of prison jumpsuits.

However the phrase is used though, the underlying understanding is that black is a popular colour. Black is the colour that needs to be usurped. Black is trendy, cool and tough to beat. But what makes the colour black so special?

Why Simple Colours Are So Popular

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What makes the colour black such a hit with trendsetters and designers alike is that it is so simple. The colour black goes with everything. By wearing black, you can make a neon-coloured accessory stand out or you can match a larger part of apparel (a dress or a jacket) for an extra bit of contrast. That’s the reason why many recommend that women own a little black dress or an LBD - these timeless black looks are perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a night on the town, a business meeting, or a cocktail party where you need to get contacts, an LBD is a good companion for just about anything.

It also speaks to people’s love of simple colours in general. Simple colours and primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are especially popular because they are easy on the eye, familiar and, like the colour black, they’re easy to match with other colours. When looking at the most popular design palettes, you’ll notice that many of them include red, yellow or blue, even if they do feature some secondary shades as well. The same goes for logos, such as the red, white and black Delicious logo which pairs a more softer colour with an eye-catching dark colour to really make the name of the company pop. Like the little black dress, people are also encouraged to incorporate yellow in their wardrobe, all because of the wearability of these simple, primary colours.

What Are the Best Examples of Simple Colour Design?

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But these palettes and dresses aren’t the only examples of simple colour design as this is a basic design principle embraced by creatives from a wide range of sectors and industries.

Take the refreshment company Coca-Cola as an example. Their red and white logo is renowned for its simplicity and the way that its white name stands out on the attractive red background. The contrast draws people in. Entertainment streaming platform Netflix uses a similar design. Its blockish logo stands out on a white background in external branding, while in the app it has a black background. This offers a design with minimal distractions. Speaking of apps, the design of the Betway mobile app uses blue and white throughout so that the category descriptions of the different table games and slots are easy to read. However, the logo of the brand itself and the category headers aren’t distracting. This is important as it draws the users eyes towards the logos of the different games available, helping players navigate to designs that interest them. And what of the companies that allow us to access these apps, such as Apple? Apple’s famous bitten apple logo is typically black or grey. This means that on the occasions that Apple does add a pop of colour to its logo, it makes it all the more special. Likewise, the multi-coloured Google logo that represents one of Apple’s competitors incorporates all three primary colours, although there is also one stick of green. With soft edges and gentle colours, the logo has become iconic.

Incorporating simple colours starts from the very beginning. Choose the right colours for your logo and then use them throughout your branding. Don't underestimate how much simplicity can help to make your message stand out.

 

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How to choose a colors scheme for a relationship/dating site


How to choose a colors scheme for a relationship/dating site

There are many crucial aspects which require consideration when you are designing a dating site. The obvious components are the overall layout, ease of navigation, choice of font, incorporation of eye-catching images, and how well the text is seeded with those all-important keywords to draw visitors via search engines. But one of the most fundamental of all is much more elementary. Color. In order for your site to attract maximum web traffic, it must have an appropriate color scheme. Here are some of the reasons why this is so important.

 

How we react to colors

 

Before studying which colors would best tie in with a niche-specific area like online dating, it would be worth taking an overview of the subject. Color is a vital element of giving us an impression about something, and this is down to biology. When we see any color, a particular part of our brain reacts, resulting in a rush of hormones being released. These will affect everything from moods to emotions. An obvious example of this would be the use of red. The color of blood, we associate red with danger, which is why warning signs are traditionally red. But it also symbolizes passion.

 

This psychology is studied by everyone from graphic designers to architects, but especially advertisers. Studies have shown color appreciation, whether it is done consciously or subconsciously, makes a huge impact on what people decide to buy, accounting for 90% of product assessment. It is also hugely influential on which websites we are drawn to.

 

Understanding this in relation to the attention span of Internet users is of vital importance. The bottom line is, if a site visitor doesn't find a color appealing within the first few seconds of alighting on your homepage, they'll swiftly move on, never to return. With online dating, an enterprise centered on social interaction, it is vital a site has a compelling look. And the color scheme lies at the heart of this.

 

Themes

 

You would never expect a site offering legal advice to be brashly-colored. Conversely, if you alighted on a dating resource, you would most likely be deterred if it was overly formal-looking, or presented in blacks and reds, as if you'd stumbled into a fan forum for some metal band. Choosing the color scheme for a relationship site often centers on warm tones – reds, oranges and so on – which can signify warmth and hospitality, but also incorporate fiery passion.

 

Components

 

Aside from the choice of basic palette, there are many different aspects to any website's color scheme. Take a dating site such as Loveaholics.com as an example. The site header is about setting the tone, establishing the brand. Here the title ‘loveaholics,' is set in an elegant script-style font, in two colors; white emphasizing the essential ‘love' part of this heading. This is placed against a full-blooded wine red background, complimenting the heart-shaped logo next to it.

 

The remainder of the landing page is clean and white, placing the emphasis on the attractive image and sign-up form. Below, explanatory text is arranged in a neat, black sans-serif font, while hyperlinks stand out in a brighter orange. The general effect is minimalist, this straightforward color scheme presenting an inviting interface that welcomes site visitors to explore this relationship site further.

 

Other sites might opt for a more complicated layout, introducing everything from background images, borders, menubars, sidebars, buttons or popups. When any designer is juggling with these basic elements, their relationship to each other, as well as the overall site theme, is of vital importance. Too many color clashes will deter users. But used sensibly, color will bring your dating site alive!

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Ready to get Colorized?


What is fresh and crispy on the market and saves the day for every web designer ever? We are happy to present a brand new version of Colorizer - a tool developed by Paletton, a trending designers company with a set goal to make your work even more enjoyable.

 

What is Colorizer?

 

Colorizer is a widget for your webpage, ready to fancy up your site, making it super easy to combine colors and create the perfect palette for your online presentation. By knowing basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript, you can simply add the Paletton Live Colorizer code to your website, and let it generate shades of the color you choose, or custom create your palette for your web design.

 

This awesome widget is led by the idea that your website users can colorize their own table, template, flyer or graphic design, developing an interactive platform for your site visitors. The developers are encouraging you to get the version you like, and play with many features and possibilities this code is offering.

 

What Colorizer actually does for you is letting you implement the Paletton application (Color Scheme Designer) and share it with your target group. This means that everyone will be able to, very easily, create his/her own palette with the help of Paletton, and enjoy your website through exploring this feature. The users can simply preview the results and apply or cancel their design if they choose.

 

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What Paletton also made sure of is that you are given step - by -step instructions on how to "install" this widget, or how to attach the code in your website. The knowledge of coding you need is very basic, and here you can find the guide for starting your colorized adventure, or links to try the demo versions.

 

Colorizer is currently developing its beta version, available for you to test it and play with the possibilities online. They have so far developed three versions of Live Colorizer and you can choose the one which suits your preferences, although we can say with certainty that this company won't stop surprising us with innovations and awesome ideas to develop their apps further.

 

Are you ready to begin your own Paletton road trip? Enjoy playing and exploring many options Colorizer is offering for you, and spread the joy with your readers and customers!

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Paletton - Color Theory Live


Remember everything you had to learn about color theory so far? Now you can finally sit back and relax, stop thinking about which shades work well together and which don't, because one app knows it all and works for you!

 

Paletton started off as Color Schemes in 2002, and it has been evolving through Color Scheme Designer, only to finally become what it is today - one app for optimizing your designer capacity by resolving all your doubts on adequate palettes. It was originally developed by Petr Staníček ("Pixy"), a Czech UI/UX designer, with the intention to be used by other designers. Petr is a designer, analyst and consultant, whose useful books on design can be found online, on his webpage.

 

The application allows you to mix and combine the shades for a perfectly packed palette from the spectrum. You can create palettes using one color (monochromatic), three colors (adjacent or triad), four colors (tetrad), or free style combination using as many colors as you desire. You can extract your palette by reading it's RGB from the website, and insert it straight into your design.

 

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Even though we are super amazed by this cool software, this is far from everything that Paletton has to offer. Along with this color loving website, they have developed a widget called Colorizer - a simple peace of code you add to your website for every user to see and adapt the website palette as they find it most interesting. In the sea of tools developed every day in design world, Paletton Live Colorizer in its current beta version is a new, refreshing appearance, especially for web design. It offers a unique, interactive user experience, keeping your audience engaged and enjoying.

 

But, that's not all! Maybe you've heard of Colorpedia - a Wikipedia spin-off dedicated to all you can learn about colors, color blindness, color theory, complementary color scheme, color space and many many more. It is a developing trend, getting richer with information every day, for all of us who love exploring what we love in the color universe, learning new fun facts and useful skills.

 

Palette engine also allows you features such as presets and randomized palettes, and at this stage they also scheduled a mobile app for their users. Learning about new versions of Colorizer and Colorpedia developed by Paletton, we certainly could not keep this treasure discovery to ourselves! We can now say, without a doubt, that Paletton is something every designer will implement in its set of tools, and we are looking forward to many more features this talented team will develop! We wish you a lot of fun while playing with these fancy apps.

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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The use of vibrant colors


Since we started hanging out on COLOURlovers, we talked about some colors more than others - the cultural identity of red, the appearance of blue in nature, an amazing combo of blue and yellow in many various examples. Today, we would like to explore our community's opinion on vibrant colors, what a vibrant color is and how to make any color look more alive. In this article, we are looking at most vibrant colors and how to make the best out of them in real life.

 

 

The first lesson we learned within this research is that the vibrancy of colors depends a lot on the type of paint/ink we use. When using ink, we can get the vibrancy of each color if we make it fluorescent. Among fluorescent colors, the color that stands out by how easy it is to recognize and spot, is most certainly orange, right next to canary yellow. The vibrancy of the colors gets increased by the UV part of the light, and in addition, you can combine it with black, or a complementary color.

On the other hand, if you take yellow or orange as a background, that would increase the vibrancy of other fluorescent colors - lime green, blue or pink. This combination of colors for increased vibrancy effects is telling us that the vibrancy isn't about the color itself, but mainly about how we perceive a certain image. An optical illusion is using this effect frequently, as the vibrancy of every color can be much higher than usual if they are at their maximum vividness (highest chroma form), combined with their complementary color.

Besides orange and yellow, a very interesting combination of colors is red with a green background. This composition creates a visual effect of the red object vibrating on a green screen, which confuses eye nerves that are reading this information.

Additional vibrancy effect can be achieved if we use the right composition of the objects in a design. If we lay red strips next to the green ones, the effect of vibrating image will be even stronger. Same goes for fluorescent color strips in between the strips of its complementary color.

Along with understanding the visual opacity and vividness of a color, to provide this striking impulse in an eye of a viewer we should also keep into consideration the right combination of colors and presence of UV / daylight in the image presentation. Even though this interesting phenomenon is often used in the optical art, it can be a valuable tool in adds (online, billboards, posters) design for attracting your audience.

What is your experience with vibrant colors? Do you have a favorite one? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Awesome tools for exploring color palettes


In the never-ending seek for inspiration, new ideas that will blow our minds away, we've stumbled across these interesting tools that could offer you various ways of bringing something fresh in your design work. Whether you lack innovation or just want to play around with colors, these handy tools will take you on a trip trough time, space and internet to give you what you want.

 

 

1. time travel by color

Is your current design project asking to be a little more retro? Needs some funk and crispy taste of the past of mankind? We present you a platform called Color Leap, unique gallery of chosen artwork from over 4000 years of our past.

How is this online tool useful for you? The website stores over 180 palettes of artworks from all around the world. For every time period, you can find a selection of paintings or designs, check their palettes and copy their hex-codes right into your project. For every moment in time, you can also see additional palettes which relate to this epoch.

Whether you are looking for a vintage, 60's style design, or diving all the way back in the ancient civilizations, this unique timeline can provide you with fresh ideas and suggest palettes you might have not considered before.

 

 

2. the grass is always greener

...or what code should I use to present nature this time? Tired of having to try out all kinds of RGB shades every single time you get a new project? What if there was a tool which can just select the most suitable color for the terms your design relates to...?

Turns out, there is. The description found on their website is "Google, but for colors". And they basically are. Picular is a tool which uses Google Search and the result of Picular search is a selection of the most used shades which relate to your searched term.

What this app does is selects the prominent colors from top 20 images which Google Search locates under the search term. So, next time you are feeling playful, try out some interesting abstract terms, let the avangard inspire you, discover the color of loneliness, jungle and confidence, based on images of people from all around the world.

We hope you liked our new suggestions, and that these tools can help you unlock creativity, get inspired and overcome the routine in your work flow.

Have you tried Color Leap or Picular yet? Share your impressions and experience in the comment section bellow.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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Your interior color for the autumn


You are looking for new inspiration to change your interior this September, you want to freshen up your bedroom and living room, break the patterns of how you redecorate and try something bold? Then Black Flame or Black Indigo is just the right choice for you this season!

 

This color is particularly popular this year, although it takes a little courage and a stylish eye to adapt it to your living space. Black Flame is bringing a new atmosphere with it, a new sense of elegance and it is perfect for minimalist and modern lifestyle.

Darker shades are always interesting to play with when decorating your home. Black Flame could be the color for one wall in your room, or maybe only a pillar. It is especially elegant for your bathrooms, you can try it out on your tiles or even create a mosaic and break the monotony of the white surfaces.

 

 

Black Indigo is a color similar to dark blue and purple, but the shade is very dark and close to black. Kitchens are also looking very glamorous with this color, especially smooth glowing surfaces. Although, if you're not sure whether this is the color for you, you can always try it in few details, such as cushions or decorations on your table.

Black Flame is popular to combine with less saturated, neutral version of black - Black Magic, which was announced as PPG's Olympic color of the year 2018. These two, in contrast with white, cream and beige sofas or bed sheets, are a breathtaking combo for decisive and brave decor.

 

 

Various colors coming from interior spectrum of black are often coming across as cold or neutral, but what makes Black Flame stand out is the input of violet, which makes a statement for you, saying you are young, adventurist and that you care about every segment of your life as much as you care about your living space.

Purple, violet, blue and black are all very easy to combine with bright and warm colors of your apartment, which is what makes this particular shade perfect for this season. It is simple, perfect for wide surfaces as it does not drive the attention, and it gives you a big playground for the diversity of decorative details in every room of your home.

What is your color palette for this season's home revolution?
Post your fresh ideas in the comment section below.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Colors and flags


When talking about colors and their meanings in different cultures, we should acknowledge the colorful representation of countries, which can tell us a lot about the history and the people. While having in mind everything we know about color psychology, let's take a look at a few interesting examples of what colors represent in flags.

 

 

Everyone is familiar with the look of the US flag - the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen founding states, and fifty stars current fifty states. The colors for this flag were taken from the British flag, and later on, the meaning was assigned to them such as courage, purity, and justice. It is interesting how in the Philippines flag blue is for peace, truth, and justice, while red is for patriotism; but originally these colors are meant to acknowledge the help of the US during the revolution.

For some countries, colors stand for a political system or revolution. At the flag of China, the color red represents the communist revolution, while the stars stand for communist party and the people. Just the same as China, the flag of Vietnam is red for communism, and the star represents the power of the people in Vietnam.

Something similar is happening in the flag of Bangladesh - the circle is for the sun, while it's color is red for the blood of the people who fought for independence. The green, on the other hand, stands out the beauty of nature in Bangladesh. Color green also appears in the Nigerian flag, to represent natural resources, while the white color stands for peace.

 

 

Some flags are storytelling. Egyptian flag begins their story with British occupation (red), followed up with bloodless revolution (white), and ending with Egypt being independent (black). The color blue in the flag of Congo is telling us about peace while there is this red strap over the flag to respect the rebellion which led them to peace.

In some multicultural countries, colors symbolize a variety of religions which citizens respect. In Pakistan for example, green is for the Islamic population and white represents the minorities. Also in India, green is for the Muslims, and Safran color represents Hindu population.

There are also some examples of philosophy expressed through colors in the flag, like in Indonesia. The color red in the Indonesian flag stands for courage, but also the human body, and the white for purity and the human soul, which then means that combined they make a whole person.

 

 

It is amazing how we use colors to express respect for great events in national history, as well as to express ideology. This colorful marks for national identity are a part of human behavior since the tribes, and it is another great visual implication for everything we have in common, as well as how beautifully diverse we all are.

 

What do you think about the colors of the flag? Do you know any other flag color meanings?  Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Color theory 101


We, the Colorlovers, know best that color plays a vital role in everyday life. It communicates between us all the time, with no need for words or sounds. Color makes us notice some things more than others, and helps us differentiate important from irrelevant. Colors have also the ability to evoke emotions and make us feel good while wearing our fashion choice.

 

 

While talking about how certain colors work awesome together, in some of our previous articles, we were mentioning the color theory. What color theory explains is why some colors work well together, and some never will. This is very handy to know, whether you are a designer, redecorating your home or simply making everyday clothing combination. How does it work?

 

We learn about primary and secondary colors very early in school. Mixing primary colors (red, yellow and blue), we get secondary shades (orange, green and purple). Furthermore, mixing every shade next to one another we get the color wheel of gradient between basic colors. While exploring mixing colors, it's important to consider hue (the color), saturation (intensity of the color, from subtle to vibrant), and value (how bright/dark the color is, moving from white to black).

 

 

So how do we achieve color harmony, using ranges of hue, saturation and value?

 

The easiest style for harmonic palette is monochromatic, using only one color from the color wheel, and creating variations by using saturation and value. Monochromatic color palettes are 100% secure to work well, they always match.

 

An analogous color palette uses the colors which are next to each other in the color wheel, such as from blue to green. Playing with these you can get a variety of well mixed colors for your design.

 

Another style for mixing colors is complementary, using colors opposite from one another in the color wheel, such as blue and orange. To create interesting and refreshing palette, we again use lighter or darker shades of colors, and a different intensity.

 

 

Split complementary scheme uses the colors on either side of the complementary color, which uses the same contrast, except we have more colors to play with.

 

Triadic way of choosing color is to choose ones which are equally spaced on the color wheel. These color combinations are visually very effective and are to be used with caution ?

 

Tetradic color mixing is using four colors from the wheel, although the palette looks best if one color dominates, and others are used for details and as refreshment.

 

Other important thing to bare in mind when mixing colors is that there aren't two vibrant shades next to each other, colors used need to be easy for the eyes of the viewer. Keep browsing Colorlovers to find inspiration and palettes from our members and contributors!

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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Colors meanings in anime


Anime is a Japanese film and series animation style, characterized by colorful graphic characters and fantasy or sci-fi themes, intended for children as well as adults. As a product of Japanese culture, anime has an intentional visual language, where every element has its meaning; it symbolizes something mystical or psychological.

 

 

When we are talking about anime, we are picturing characters with various hair colors and styles, so we were wondering if there is more into it as with other cartoons, if these characters represent something specific in Japanese culture.

It turns out that character's hair color is supposed to indicate a personality of the person and the role that it has in the series. For example, pink hair has been used for a very few childish characters, until the audience started to empathize with these characters, which made pink very popular anime hair color. It is still used for playful, innocent and silly female characters.

 

 

Blue hair color fits anime characters which are wise, intelligent and introverted, while green is used for active, exciting and wiggling feminine characters. Although, darker shades of green are still more typical of characters like blue-haired. Red-haired characters are typically the leaders, the loud ones and even rude to some extent. It reminds us of every silly stupid "speaking-without-being-asked" character we've seen.

Yellow hair is reserved for the most important female character in anime - most lead anime girls are blonde. Brown stands for the friendly, understanding, kind and everyday type of character. These are characters we often meet in the anime world. They are important to the series, but not the main guy. Often the guy's best friend or a love-interest of the main female character.

Black hair is used for most of the characters, as it is typical Japanese hair color. The brighter color is used to describe the character, the more down-to-earth he is, enlightened if you will. Darker colors are more "in the moment" kind of guys. Extremely bright colors, as well as white, can navigate towards more magical and exotic beings.

 

 

Seeing how these patterns of using color in art and media are reoccurring in Japanese culture of anime films, and comparing the color meanings to previously explored color psychology, we can see many overlaps. Green will always be goofy, blue trustworthy and red flammable, but Japanese wouldn't be Japanese if they didn't add a special spice of magic and surrealism in their color palette :)

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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