Magic Lessons

Remember when we talked about creative block? Well I discovered a new gem that focuses on the creative process specifically – Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast.

Liz takes essays from real life creatives (writers, dancers, photographers, you name it) and partners up with a well-known person in their field that can give them very specific insights. It’s interesting hearing some of the creative greats (including Neil Gaiman) share their personal struggles with creating and a great reality check that nobody is immune from criticism or other roadblocks. It is so relatable and fun to listen to.

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Color Theory – Part 2

If you’re going to use color effectively, you’ll need to know some color concepts and color theory terminology. A thorough working knowledge of concepts like tints, tones, and shades is key to creating your own awesome color schemes. In Part 1 of this color theory series I covered the basics of different color families. Here, we’ll go over what affects a given color, such as adding gray, white or black to the pure hue.

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Color Theory – Part 1

Color is everywhere and is part of everything we visually encounter in the world. Using color for many designers is an intuitive choice, but having a simple understanding of colors can help anyone make more effective visuals. Understanding how color works and how you can use it effectively can benefit you in many ways (design, clothing, home decor, etc). Color theory is a science in itself. Studying how colors affect different people, either individually or as a group, is something some people build their careers on.

This is the first in a three-part series on color theory. First up we will discuss the meanings behind the different color families, look at the colors themselves and how they relate, and see how they can be used in design. In Part 2 I’ll talk about how hue, tones, tints, and shades affect the way we perceive colors. And in Part 3 I’ll discuss how to create effective color palettes for your own designs and see what tools are out there to help you. Read The Rest

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