You know when you’re having one of those days where you just can’t get started on a design? I guess you could call it, designer’s block? Maybe you’re having trouble with the layout. Maybe the typeface? The graphics? Or maybe it’s the colors that you’re stuck on. Well I have some good news and some bad news for you. Let’s start with the bad news, which is; you can’t use “designer’s block” as an excuse anymore. And the good news is, I found this really cool website called kuler, which is why you can’t use “designer’s block” as an excuse.
Kuler is part of the wonderful little world we like to call Adobe. Kuler is a web-hosted application that allows you to generate color themes and schemes, (I wasn’t trying to make that rhyme) that might just be the inspiration for your entire design. It’s really easy and fun to create your own color scheme with kuler. You can start from a single color, or from an image. So if you’ve already found your graphics, you can create a color theme that accents the images you are using in your design. If you choose to start from a color, you can then choose a rule, so monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, etc. You can also mess around with the shading, saturation, and pretty much anything you can think of. Once you’ve found something your happy with, you can name it, save it, and share it with the kuler community. Here is a theme I just made called “Western Avenue”.
Another pretty cool thing about this site is you can browse through hundreds of already made themes that are organized by most recent, most popular and highest rated. But, I think my favorite part about kuler is that if you go to the community link you can scroll through a list of featured members and look at all the themes they have created. Each member writes a little article about their work and how they get their inspiration. It also shows samples of the work and designs they have created with that theme. Below is the community profile for user “Swilder”.
The community profiles are a great way to look at a rough “sketch” of a design, starting with just colors, and see what it looks like as a finished design. Kuler is a very hands on site, and it is the best free site I have found to play around with color! Check it out and I promise you’re “designer’s block” will instantly go away.
You could even use this site as inspiration for the print challenge in our Crocs competition! You can sign up here: http://zooppa.com/contests/crocs-video-contest
Here is the link to Kuler…now go start creating! http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/newest?time=30