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the beauty of colour

tiles, by Andy Clarkeimage: tiles at a florist © Andy Clarke, via Instagram

Colour is a topic which never ceases to inspire great discussion about interpretation, meaning and effect within design. As subjective as colour can be - it is our job as designers to be mindful of implications as well as considerate in our selection for use in interface and web design.

Don Norman discusses design psychology.

images and colours task iconTASK
Select one of the listed expressions and create a single webpage to portray your chosen mood. Download the sample photos, edit one to fit your design idea and create a suitable colour scheme for your page.

↓ download sample photos

  • create drama
  • show calm
  • envoke curiosity

Include the photo in any way fitting and use any suitable (rough) content to demonstrate your design approach and support your mood. Focus on colour but consider how typesetting and layout are affected by your colour scheme; how all combine to create the final expression.

3 extremely different moods

Mary & Max

An animated clay feature film, telling the story of a pen-friendship between two very different people.
visit official website [flash]

Fotoshop by Adobé

A personal project by Jesse Rosten, filmmaker and commercial director.
read project details

Disposable Teens

Song and video by Marilyn Manson

colour slides

(repeated for easy access)

↓ download slides as PDF

useful links

… & just for fun:

colour practise

To keep exercising your creative muscles - work on representing each expression listed, using the given images only. It would be nice to see what you create. Please do share your final results by adding you links in the comments below and give feedback on the designs of others :)

practise makes perfect


  1. Stephen Pender

    Town of Silence…


  2. Nicola Campbell


  3. Chivonne Williams


  4. Gurur Sarbanoglu

    You have been warned.