2018 – Live Purple

2017 is on it’s way out the door – and a lot of people will be happy to see it go. Pantone has declared that the 2018 colour of the year is Purple. Actually – they are calling it Ultra Violet – but, to the best of my knowledge, you can’t actually see Ultra Violet unless you are a bee – A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Nevertheless – Pantone 18-3838 “Ultra Violet” is a very pretty shade of blue-purple violet – a …

Is it really October?

Here in Toronto, the weather was a little crazy. We had a rainstorm last night and today called for thunderstorms that never appeared. The sky at times was blue with big fluffy clouds. At other times, the sky darkened as the sun hid behind black ominous clouds. The temperature was comfortable at I even went for my evening power walk at 9 pm in just a Tshirt. No jacket. Oh, ya, and pants. Lol.  I love fall. The ever changing colour palette. Ambers. Oranges. Reds. Browns. A perfect time for a redhead to blend in with the foliage.  I thought …

Colour Picker – What’s it’s colour?

Here’s a useful design tool – a website that picks out the dominant colours in an image, and also picks out the complimentary colour. What’s It’s Colour takes your image, or an image off the web, and examines it pixel by pixel to find the main colours, and then does some math to find the complimentary colour. You just feed it the url or your image, and it does the rest. It doesn’t store the images for more than 10 minutes. So, for instance, I gave it the URL of our image of this chrysocolla, (http://www.beadfx.com/images/s18608.jpg) and these are the …