Color Matters

color matters design

I am a photographer. I am a designer. And I’m also color-blind. I always have been and always will be. It’s shocking to people at first when I tell them this, because most will think I only see black and white. But once I tell them that’s not what color-blind means, they are then shocked that I am a photographer and work in design. Even I, a color-blind designer, know that color is extremely important in everything we create. Below you will find many great resources to help you with color design in your projects.

1. 100 Brilliant Color Combinations and How to Apply Them to Your Designs

Canva has done a great job of making 100 different color combinations inspired by things we see in everyday life, including nature, food, and travel.

2. Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC, originally known as Kuler, is a great resource for building your own color scheme using different rules like analogous, monochromatic, and complementary, among others. If you’re not sure of where to start, browse other people’s color schemes.

3. How to Design for Color Blindness

Since I talked about being color blind, and since nearly 8% of men in the world are color blind, it makes sense to know how to design for people with this condition. This resource gives great tips and tricks on how to design for people with the different forms of color blindness.

4. The 10 Commandments of Color Theory

This image is a great resource/quick reference to look at when designing with specific colors. Do the colors I chose convey the emotions of the piece? How can I match the colors I have? What are the differences between CMYK, Pantone, and RGB?

5. WebAIM Color Contrast Checker

Want an easy way to see if your colors pass the accessibility test? WebAIM has setup a great tool to check contrast to make sure people with visual disabilities can see your designs.

What other resources have you found that designers can use with it comes to color? Share them in the comments below.

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