When it comes to building a blog one of the things I have generally stuck to, with one or two exceptions, is the colour scheme. I’m not entirely sure why but it would be a safe bet that my palette selection would be some combination of blue, grey & white. As I’m starting fresh I wanted to try and get away from this rather perfunctory decision, so dug out my copy of 1000 Ideas By 100 Graphic Designers to source some inspiration.
Whilst flicking through I did get a few ideas and quotes for colours, but as my usage of Milk Two Sugars in recent months has been limited to posting album covers over on Instagram, this one caught my attention.
I find music to be vital to my creativity. I like to listen to things that go along with the feeling of the project I’m working on so I listen to a little of everything.
– Megan Cummins –
The concept of using music to inspire creativity and linking it with the kind of project that is being worked on was something I found quite interesting, and so adopted this when I began creating colour combinations.
If you have seen my old blogs or social media at all you’ll likely know I am a fan of Steven Wilson and his work, especially with Porcupine Tree, so it seemed like a logical choice to listen to. After a little while I took this idea further and actually began sampling images of album covers, a few of these worked quite well, but in terms of my blog were definitely not the kind of thing I was looking for.
Hand Cannot Erase is a prime example. The design and colour selection are great, but the vibrance of the pinks and purples just wasn’t at all all what I was aiming for in this leap away from blue & grey.
I’ll keep these in reserve for future projects though I think as they would be rather fun to explore in other avenues.
Importing the images onto the Adobe website I was able to quickly find combinations that complimented one another based on sound colour theory as oppose to simply sampling myself with a more trial and error approach. I finally came to settle on the image below and was quite happy with the various swatches I was able to create.
In total the five swatches I created using the image of Steven produced thirteen individual colours. Six of the colours were repeated across multiple swatches, two of which appeared in four of the five, one in three swatches and the remaining three in two. Using these I have been able to create a colour combination I will be adopting for the blog. For the design geeks of you reading I’ve listed the colour Hex codes and names that came together to for the six in my final selection.
#558963 – Spring Leaves
#356B72 – Oracle
#D3DBC4 – Tana
#25253E – Ebony Clay
#140E10 – Cocoa Brown
#52A395 – Breaker Bay