A colour card provides inspiration for design development by proposing a colour palette, with a variety of on trend shades, tints, tones which work harmoniously.
A city landscape or rural environment provides an inspiration hub of colour, texture, architecture, line, shape, patterns and materials for artists and designers to study. Looking to our immediate environment for inspiration is incredibly simple and asks you to open your eyes to the overlooked, the everyday, the dull, the exciting, the temporary and the fixed. All you need is a camera or smartphone. Go looking. Open your eyes to what’s around you. Use your unique perspective to document interesting focal points for design inspiration.
This type of visual inquiry can help you perceive a familiar place with a fresh outlook, as you attempt to capture the mood of a city, space or place through a defined colour palette. Art is subjective, there is no right or wrong. The photographs taken below reflect muted shades of grey, deep maroons, eggplant and burgundy and royal blue. The mood is dark, yet vibrant, claustrophobic and somewhat grungy.
SURFACE 1°22 Colour Card Inspiration – LONDON
Colour cards can be created by hand, or edited digitally. If you do use Adobe Photoshop, Pantone’s PANTONE Studio app is incredibly simple to use as a substitute. The ‘images’ section of the Pantone Studio App takes from your Camera Roll to select a palette of hues from your own, original photography. You can save Pantone codes and colour palettes for later use, back in the design studio.
PANTONE Studio app
- Take photographs that are visually engaging – consider colour, composition, balance and scale.
- Edit your colour selection by taking colour relationships, tone and hue into consideration.
- Research colour trends to see if one or more of your colours are on point and can be