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 consider colour vision deficiency in our creation of colour schemes for use in interface and web design. ❧
Don Norman discusses design psychology.
❧ TASK 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
Song and video by Marilyn Manson ❧
- Color Theory for Designer:
1. The Meaning of Color
2. Understanding Concepts And Terminology
3. Creating Your Own Color Palettes
By Cameron Chapman for Smashing Magazine
- An Introduction to HSL and HSLa by Jack Osborne
- Yay for HSLa by Chris Coyier
- COLORS by Matt Patenaude
- 25 Awesome Tools for Choosing a Website Color Scheme, Design Shack
- color lovers
- Swatch you doing?
- We are colour blind
- Colblindor – colour-blindness
- Coblis — Color Blindness Simulator
… & just for fun:
Selecting a quote and using a set piece of fine art as inspiration – create a single page design. The goal is an entirely visual focus ~ emphasizing the message, expressing it through colour, line and form. Using any method of your choosing, present a representation of the quote which shows a clear connection—in mood, or colour, or composition— with your selected art piece.
↓ download brief as PDF