Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Daily Digi Feature Images Contest

Last week I discovered the Daily Digi was running a competition to find new title images for their designer feature posts and thought to myself, 'I could give that a go.'

Because the contest information mentioned vintage posters and a love of creative type, my first move was to check out FontSquirrel and look at their retro font collection. An art deco styled font took my fancy and from there I began some sketches.

Although I knew the sort of feel I wanted for the titles, I couldn't picture exact art deco elements I could include. Google Image Search to the rescue!

One of my inspirations was the middle one of these Art Deco style wallpapers:

Source: Sample Board Online in Australia via Google Images
At the moment I'm working with a palette of deep reds/browns, a little like the reds of the other two wallpapers, actually! I created this palette on COLOURlovers but I'm not 100% sure these are the exact colours I'll use. I fear it might not be bright enough to work with the rest of the Daily Digi look.

Source: COLOURlovers.com
Anyways, we'll have to see how things evolve! I was inspired to include the sea green colour thanks to the site where I found the art deco wallpapers above. Interestingly, the Daily Digi logo uses reds and blue/greens although the green is a dark tone and the red is a brighter tone. I've sort of reversed that with my colour choices!

Are you working on something for a competition? Where do you like to go for inspiration? I often find it will start with a font for me!

Art decoratively yours,

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hot and Cold

The title of this post may describe somewhat my usage of Colourlovers.com but it doesn't describe my opinion of it. I love this brilliant little site where I can explore different colour combinations by viewing and creating palettes and patterns.

My most recent creation is "Hot and Cold", a palette of blues and pinks. I designed the palette while recolouring a pattern created by another user.

Check out COLOURlovers.com and while you're there, why not take a look at some of the colour palettes I've put together.

Are you on COLOURlovers? Link up your profile page and I'll check out some of your palettes and patterns. What other design related websites do you love?

Colouredly yours,