9 Themed Color Palette Collections to Inspire You

If you’re looking for some color inspiration, there are a plethora of premade color palettes and schemes out there just waiting to be found. Sifting through all the options can be a chore, and luckily there are plenty of places on the web that will do the heavy lifting for you. From movies to animals, color inspiration is everywhere—all you need to do is start searching.

1. Beyoncé

Regardless of what you’re looking for, Bey is the answer. Her large breadth of style offers up a smorgasbord of color combinations, all gorgeous and ready to be applied to everything.

2. Television and Movies

Blogger Roxy Rad takes stills from movies and boils them down into color schemes on her tumblr, Movies in Color. She provides a general spectrum, as well as light, medium, and dark options. She even dedicated a whole week to television, so if you’re looking for something inspired by True Detective, this is the place to look.

3. Wes Anderson

Just for fun, online store and blog Present & Correct likes to find color schemes in Wes Anderson films. The auteur has a distinct style heavily influenced by color, so it’s fascinating to see what schemes are in each scene.

4. Cities 

Artist Hyo Kim makes color schemes inspired by cities around the world. If you like them, there are prints available for purchase.

5. Pokémon

The cleverly named blog Palette Town is attempting to tackle all 649 Pokémon, one color scheme at a time.

6. Space

Galaxies are a favorite at tumblr, so it’s no surprise there is an entire blog dedicated to color palettes of space. From planets to nebulas, this blog has a great backlog of inspirational spectrums.

7. Animals

Design Seeds has an extensive catalog of wonderful color palettes, and the options are categorized for easy perusal. One of my favorites is the “creatures” tag that features colorful photos of animals.

8. Pixar

Pixar movies feature bubbly and fun color schemes that are just begging to be used. Luckily, Oh My Disney created some palettes based on iconic scenes from these films

9. Nature

The world outside is a beautiful place and filled with endless color combinations. Nature in Color pulls out vibrant colors from breathtaking landscapes and scenery.

Bonus: Make your own!

Have a favorite picture from which you want to extract key colors? Try Colr, a website that helpfully picks out the best hues automatically. All you have to do is upload a photo and the program does the rest for you.

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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This 1940 Film on Road Maps Will Make You Appreciate Map Apps Like Never Before
Douglas Grundy, Three Lions/Getty Images
Douglas Grundy, Three Lions/Getty Images

In the modern era, we take for granted having constantly updated, largely accurate maps of just about every road in the world at our fingertips. If you need to find your way through a city or across a country, Google Maps has your back. You no longer have to go out and buy a paper map.

But to appreciate just what a monstrous task making road maps and keeping them updated was in decades past, take a look at this vintage short film, "Caught Mapping," spotted at the Internet Archive by National Geographic.

The 1940 film, produced by the educational and promotional company Jam Handy Organization (which created films for corporations like Chevrolet), spotlights the difficult task of producing and revising maps to keep up with new road construction and repair.

The film is a major booster of the mapmaking industry, and those involved in it come off as near-miracle workers. The process of updating maps involved sending scouts out into the field to drive along every road and note conditions, compare the roads against topographical maps, and confirm mileage figures. Then, those scouts reported back to the draughtsmen responsible for producing revised maps every two weeks. The draughtsmen updated the data on road closures and other changes.

Once those maps were printed, they were "ready to give folks a good steer," as the film's narrator puts it, quietly determining the success of any road trip in the country.

"Presto! and right at their fingertips, modern motorists can have [information] on any road they wish to take." A modern marvel, really.

[h/t National Geographic]


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