Color in Design: Create Your Own Color Palette

Sandra Thomas

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10 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction

      1:16
    • 2. 1. Why is colour important

      0:19
    • 3. 2. Colour Temperature

      0:32
    • 4. 3. Tonal Variation

      0:34
    • 5. 4. Colour Combination

      0:36
    • 6. 5. Brainstorm

      1:44
    • 7. 6. Create your moodboard

      3:46
    • 8. 7. Picking Colours

      3:26
    • 9. 8. Refining Colours

      6:48
    • 10. 9. Final Moodboard

      2:17

Project Description

Create a colour palette of your favourite city

ASSIGNEMENT

Your assignment is about brainstorm, research, hunt, experiment and creating a colour palette. Pick your favourite city in the world, it doesn't have to be the city you live in, it could be a city you visited and fell in love with or why not challenge yourself and pick a city you have never been to?

  • Brainstom: Think about what this city means to you. What do you see/feel when visiting this city? What is so special about it? What is famous about this city? Write down some keys words and from some keys words and from these key words start collecting photos to inspire you.
  • Hunt: Collect photos, illustrations, colours that inspire you, paste them on the provided template and start your moodboard. Remember not to collect too many photos as it might be a little overwhelming. Stay focused on your key words.
  • Experiment: Pick colours from your moodboard using the technique showed during the class. Start creating the mood for your colour palette. Remember there is no set rules, choose colours to please your eye and that you think work well with your keys words. At this stage feel free to pick as many colours as you feel like but keep in mind that we will choose 3 to 4 colours for the final palette.
  • Refine: Choose the 3 or 4 colours that you think suit your key words the best and start refining them using the method showed in the class. This step is important as picking colours from a photo is sometime not precise enough and we need to sharpen certain colours.

DELIVERABLE

Upload your final palette next to your moodboard and don't forget to mention which city you picked!
A completed project will include:

  • Images of your brainstorm
  • Images of your moodboard
  • Images of the colours you've picked from your moodboard
  • Images of your refining process
  • Images of your final colour palette next to your initial moodboard

Be sure to post each element as you complete it, as sharing your process and getting valuable feedback will help you move ahead with your project!


Note: Feel free to share your process from your brainstorming, experimenting, and refining. If you have an alternate colour palette for the same city don't hesitate to share it too, I love seeing different ideas!

RESOURCES

Class Overview: Download my introduction to colour theory and step by step guide

Material: Adobe InDesign (you can download a free trial version here)

Learn InDesign Basics with Anne Ditmeyer's class.

Colour Inspiration:
Design Seeds: A colour palette bank for colour lovers.
- Unsplash: A website that shares 10 new photos every 10 days and are free to use however you want.
- Plenty Of Colour: A design blog devoted to colour.

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