I thought I’d document how I usually go about deciding on colours for a new website design.
I’m currently working on a personal project and have already put together some interactive wireframes using my White Paper (link coming soon). The next stage for me is to decide on some colours and fonts which I will then integrate into the wireframes and go on designing from there.
For this project I only have the subject matter for inspiration. Usually I would have a fair idea of look and feel in my head before I start looking for colour influence. However this one is very much an open book.
The first thing I do is turn to Colour Lovers and have a browse through the palettes on there, searching with keywords as I see fit. I screen shot any palettes or colours I am drawn to. I then put all these into one file in Photoshop.
From there I can start to see common colours, what I like, what I don’t like, things I have maybe been drawn to before (for instance the third palette down looks a lot like the colours for this site!).