Posts tagged ‘color’

June 13, 2011

Palatable Palette

Any designer worth his/her salt knows that color can make or break a design. So what do you do when you get stuck for a color palette? Maybe the business owner hands you a photo? Maybe the point you at some websites? Maybe they’re the “I’ll know it when I see it” type?

So how do you quickly come up with a color palette; or multiple ones?

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June 10, 2011

Don’t Mock Up Me!

Mock ups can be as simple as some scribbles on a napkin or as complex as wire frame modeling accompanied by hand carved plastic model structures. In the end, it’s not the complexity of the mock up but how well and how fast it conveys the idea of the design.

My personal preference is a white board, some paper / pens / markers / pencils and a graphics program. If I’ve got sufficient information I can usually come up with a viable mock up that transfers into design, development and production pretty quickly.

There’s a great many ways to do mock ups so find the way that works best for you. Read whatever books you need to in order to learn different ways that you can adapt to your need; but, makes sure you’re doing it your way because your way is going to allow you to explain it, if need be, and create a much smaller transition time from mock up to design.

June 6, 2011

A Dash of Color

Color Picker

Come across the ColourLovers.com blog and it has some nice sample color palettes and figured it’s kind of handy. You can look at/use some prefab color schemes and download the ColorSchemer software.

May 27, 2011

It’s Not All Black and White

As designers we all know that the right color in the right amount will have the right effect/affect. So what happens when the colors we are forced to use (despite all our begging and pleading to use another color scheme or to just enhance the present one) is probably the worst choice on the planet for a particular project?

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