Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Three Sites that Play with Colour

Colour Wheel

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Today I’ve been playing about a bit with different colour tools and some colour theory (related to my college project) and I found these three gems.  Each is worth a look for totally different reasons, and they’re fun to use too. I don’t want to beat about the bush and have a really long, really serious post (or review) today so this is really just a bit of fun.  Non-graphics people should find it fairly interesting too I think, particularly from a blog/web design point of view.

Contrast-A

Assesses accessibility for font colour vs background colour.  But it does it in SUCH a cool way that it deserves a mention; interface is beautiful, and there’s so many useful features.  Worth a quick look and slaying at least five minutes.

Daily Color Scheme

Each day you get a new colour scheme to look at and/or use.  I keep thinking I should combine this with pieces of artwork each day…  seems perfect for challenges like that.  Exposes you to new and interesting colour combinations, though not likely to take more than a minute of your time.

The Sessions.edu Color Calculator

Lets you select hue, saturation, and lightness then see what other colours are directly compatible using various ‘types’ (Complement, Triad, Rectangle, etc) on the wheel.  Also provides you with the values for the colours and a quirky design to display the colours together.  Interesting and useful, though not quite as fun as the accessibility site.