I know y’all have been waiting breathlessly all day for my next installment in this here #AtoZChallenge2015. Unfortunately, last night I couldn’t sleep because of extra pain due to extra physical activity yesterday (darn insomnia! darn fibromyalgia!) and so my brain is in a big fog today. I even tried napping, and that didn’t help… and neither did a long hot shower or a cold iced tea… But I shan’t let the fog beat me, so here I write. I hope you’ll forgive me if it’s not the best post I’ve ever written.
My faithful friend Brandi gave me some ideas for this post: “Clean. Contrite. Curly. Cross-eyes. Couches. Crimson. Clumsy. Colors. Church. Cumberpatch. Canada. Clarity. Cousins. Cold. Climbing. Crystals. Clothes.” Which are all great, but I settled on color because… well…
I’m a big fan of color.
When I was teaching graphic design, I loved doing the lessons on color. I especially loved saying “Do you know what ‘PMS’ means…”, then pausing dramatically while my students stared at me, then saying “…as it relates to color?” And they’d laugh. And they’d have no idea. So I’d tell them, as I’m telling you now.
PMS stands for Pantone Matching System, which is a way for companies to pick a specific color and have it be consistent across all platforms. For instance, my logo up there is PMS 513, not just a random purple-ish-blue-ish color. You probably don’t realize it, but the company Pantone is involved in looking at colors from Fashion Week to help designers know what’s “in” and pick color trends for interior designers.
They also choose the Color of the Year (for 2015, it’s “Marsala“, PMS 18-1438… just go look at the website to figure it out!) and they even have a Color of the Day (today it’s “Cherry Tomato“, PMS 17-1563).
A number of years ago, I bought a series of the Pantone Books, which have chips kinda like from a paint store. I got it off ebay for $35, and thought I had won the lottery. (Yeah, they were old. But they still work!)
Adobe, the makers of software such as InDesign (for print design) and Dreamweaver (for web design) and a number of other programs, has an online tool called Adobe Color. It gives you a color wheel to play around with to see what colors look good together, like in the first picture.
You can even upload your own image, like I’ve done with this shot of my dog, Maggie, and see what colors look good with it! (Click these images to see them larger, too.)
Isn’t that FUN?
Now, GO PLAY!
Congrats to last year’s #AtoZChallenge partner, Chad A. Clark, on the birth of his second son, Elliot – on the day I wrote about Babies, too! He’s taking a few months off from blogging and posting his weekly stories, but no worries – The Baked Scribe will feature stories from Guest Scribes, including yours truly on June 24. Guess I better finish that piece I started!