Pillow Crush

…and now, time for something FUN and COLORFUL! 

I’ve noticed that I have been blogging about business, projects, conferences and such, but not so much in the fun, colorful way I initially intended when I started this blog. It was to be about home interior design, fabulous typography, fashion, food, whatever tickles my fancy. But, it takes time to get the resources, write and then share…and being an solopreneuer designer, blogging takes a backseat.

It’s been a slow week, so instead of wasting the days away – which is good sometimes, because my business is always on my mind – I thought I would get back into fun blogging!

Some of these pieces are from Target stores - not necessarily right now.

Some of these pieces are from Target stores – not necessarily right now.

So, this post is about PILLOWS! I love pillows and even have a pinterest board dedicated to them. It’s amazing how a few pillows [along with some throws or accent pieces] can change the feeling of a room.

pastels-livingroom

It’s like an ice cream shop almost with those colors and smooth surfaces…sweet!

I used to buy the pillow case and the insert, and eventually ran out of room to store the ones I didn’t use! So, I decided to just buy the pillow cases and swap those out. You can save between $15-$25 that way!

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Patterned pillows work great with plain sofas and rugs, although some pattern upon pattern works. You just have to know.

 

And pillows aren’t cheap! I have found that TJ Maxx and Marshalls have decent, affordable ones for as low as $16. Target sells them for about $25 or so. It would have to be a really cool pillow for me to spend more than $25…and I have 🙂

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West Elm splashes of color and geometric patterns

The Power of Color in Brands

When asked by clients to design their company logo, I always ask a specific set of questions to determine their target market and brand essence. The choice of colors is a very important part of the branding process. It can make or break your brand.

Recently I did some extensive research into why color matters and designed this helpful infographic to support this crucial step in defining a brand. Feel free to share. You can also find it in slide formats on my slideshare.

WHAT’S IN YOUR PALETTE?

 

Why Color Matters in Brands

Why Color Matters in Brands

Polygon Crush

I’m a huge fan of geometric shapes, especially when it comes to design. I sucked at Geometry class in high school, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love them in my designs. There’s something so soothing about a circle, or the coolness factor of the clean lines of a square – both have wonderful symmetry too, which I tend to be attracted to.

However, my latest geometric crush are polygonal designs made from triangles, which I discovered is based off  “Triangulation” invented by the mathematician Boris Delaunay in 1934. It just goes to prove that what’s old is still new 🙂

Colored triangles that form polygonal designs.

Colored triangles that form polygonal designs.

And my crush is right on trend! The latest craze in graphic design that started in 2013 is colored triangle [polygon] backgrounds. Combined with reversed out typography, they are proving to be a great design element across web, digital and print.

It’s amazing to see the polygons change in dimension just by color choices juxtaposed — and with certain shades of colors and altering the sizes or shape of the triangles can transform the 2D shape into the appearance of 3D. Adding drop shadows within the triangle can also give the background another kind of dimension! How cool is that? The textures and patterns are endless!

This guy {Andy Gilmore} takes it to the next level with master creations of kaleidoscopic and hypnotic art he sells as prints, on clothing and even products such as a ruler!

The Ghostly Ruler by Andy Gilmore

The Ghostly Ruler by Andy Gilmore

I discovered my love of polygon background art when I got my new iPhone 5S last September. The phone has a variety of wallpaper selections utilizing the polygraphic style. It was love at first sight! So then, when I was creating my NYE pinspiration last year, I came across some polygon artwork on Shutterstock. I just had to have it and use it in my NYE pinspiration. I used it again for my Valentines pinspiration too! 🙂 Since then, Shutterstock’s library of polygonal art and design has doubled, if not tripled!

And the trend continued to grow this year, and I saw it more and more, everywhere…and now Starbucks latest coffee packaging is beautifully designed with colored polygons.

Starbucks' new coffee and packaging with polygonal design.

Starbucks’ new coffee and packaging with polygonal design.

Low-poly design has recently become popular—in which  photos are converted into polygonal artwork. There are a number of apps and scripts out there than can do the labor for you, which produces stunning results! WebCreatorBox discovered Triangulator and their blogpost shows multiple images of how it can be used and applied to designs in websites and artwork. Ah-mazing!!  DesignYouTrust blog features an app for the iPad, Poly™,  that lets you to draw with points and turn pictures into geometric array of colors. The fun is endless!

Poly ™ - Polygon Art for iPad

Poly ™ – Polygon Art for iPad

I think it’s time for me to create a Pinterest board just for this type of design style, don’t you think? ENJOY!

Color My World

Color is EVERYTHING, regardless if used in web design or print design. Color conveys emotions, feelings, moods, and can even determine whether or not you make a purchase, or believe in a brand. It’s mighty powerful.

In my studio, I surround myself with vibrant colors for stimulation, and also out of love. In my home, it’s more of a neutral palette with a splash of soft green and blue hues. I love a peaceful, calming environment when I’m relaxing there.

I digress…

These guys at Kissmetrics created a beautiful infographic that breaks it down to basics – what I learned my freshman year in college many moons ago. I share it for a few reasons 1)  I love infographics, especially nicely designed/illustrated ones; 2) I find color theory fascinating; and 3) my clients need to understand why I choose the colors I do for their brand.

 

The Art of Color Coordination

by KISSmetrics.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.