19 Nov, 2011
It was one of those embarrassing moments when a fellow designer told you about a tool that you’re supposed to be familiar with, but have absolutely nooooo idea about. It was essentially an ego attack: how could you not know [particular tool]? Basically translates to I am skeptical of your design ability, I mean, anyone good at design should at least have heard of it.
So about a month ago, at this design party for two with Thomas Kelly, he introduced me to Adobe Kuler – which is essentially a heaven for those who love colour palettes, including myself. You can select a pre-made theme. The screen cap on the left is just one of the 18390 pages of themes. Choosing from these themes is like walking into Sephora; you are just so overwhelmed with the variety of eyeshadow palettes available. Also, imagine playing with Kuler when you’re on some mind-altering herbs (hypothetically speaking), that would totally give you a whole new level of experience.
Not happy with the themes? You can create your own. As long as you have an account with Adobe (which basically any design geek would), you can make your own palette based on analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound colours, or shades. The best part is that you can import the palette into Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to make your life so much easier.