There are two types of people in this world: those who know the Pantone color of the year and those who are wondering why they keep seeing the same colors everywhere. Now, you’re in the first group. Each year, Pantone selects a color for the year. It’s usually inspired by universal moods and aimed to challenge design norms.
Places come with their own colors. Can’t you just imagine the warm, vibrant golds of Arizona or the mossy greens of Vermont? As I’ve taken photos of Central Virginia, while on various assignments, I’ve collected color combinations inspired by these views.
Often, when people think of nature-inspired color combinations, they pick neutral tones of green and brown. But, nature is full of a wide array of inspiring (and sometimes unexpected) tones. Below are a few of my favorite color combinations that you can find in the natural world.
Pairing fonts isn’t all that tricky — you just need to focus on contrast and balance. For example, a script can look great with a serif or sans-serif font, as long as they are proportional in weight. However, taking the time to mix and match fonts can slow down a design project. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some easy font combinations that use free fonts.
The more designs you put together, the easier it is to run out of fresh ideas for backgrounds. However, they really do set the tone for any graphic. Ideally, they both represent your brand while capitalizing on trending visual styles.
Everyone knows that the 90s are back, bringing us into the wonder that was Steve Madden, dELiA*s, Lisa Frank, and Rachel Ashwell. Edgy, happy, and experimental, the colors were a lovely rainbow of boundary-breaking design. Below are a few of my favorite color combinations inspired by the 90s.
Picking out the perfect tones for my next design is one of my favorite parts of the brainstorming process. When it comes to creating minimalist designs, it’s easy to revert to a white background with a quick pop of primary red or duck egg blue. Although it’s safe to reuse winning tones, like the current sunset fixation, great designs start with unexpected bursts of inspiration. I’ve collected a few of my latest favorites, based on images that catch my eye.
If you look around, life brings us a plethora of fresh tones. If you walk around with a camera, you can capture some fascinating color combinations to inspire your graphics. I keep a file with my favorites that I pull out anytime I need a new design.
It was a very low day when I lashed out at the contrivance of limited time offers. My target was a burger of some kind and the restaurant was Applebee’s. It wasn’t just any Applebee’s. It was an airport Applebee’s, during a delayed layover as I traveled between business conventions for work.