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9 Themed Color Palette Collections to Inspire You

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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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Scott Jarvie
Optical Illusion Rug Creates a Bottomless Void in Your Floor
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Scott Jarvie

Artist Scott Jarvie doesn’t believe home goods need to be warm and inviting to earn a spot in the house. That’s certainly the case with his mind-bending void rug: When viewed from a certain perspective, the interior design piece inspires feelings of dread rather than comfort.

According to designboom, Jarvie achieved the rug’s bottomless black hole illusion using clever, two-dimensional design elements. To people standing directly over it, the item resembles a shaded crescent moon cupping a flat black circle. But adjust your position, and the simple rug morphs into a stomach-turning void in the middle of your living room floor.

If the circular rug isn’t trippy enough, Jarvie also made a rectangular runner that can turn an entire hallway into an empty pit. Neither rug is something you’d want to forget you own on a midnight trip to the bathroom.

Void rug optical illusion.

Jarvie’s art isn’t limited to floor rugs that trick the eye. The Scotland-based artist’s creative furniture and home decor includes laundry balls, a cling wrap dispenser, and a chair made from 10,000 plastic drinking straws.

Void rug optical illusion.

Void rug optical illusion.

[h/t designboom]

All images courtesy of Scott Jarvie.

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Courtesy Umbrellium
These LED Crosswalks Adapt to Whoever Is Crossing
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Courtesy Umbrellium

Crosswalks are an often-neglected part of urban design; they’re usually just white stripes on dark asphalt. But recently, they’re getting more exciting—and safer—makeovers. In the Netherlands, there is a glow-in-the-dark crosswalk. In western India, there is a 3D crosswalk. And now, in London, there’s an interactive LED crosswalk that changes its configuration based on the situation, as Fast Company reports.

Created by the London-based design studio Umbrellium, the Starling Crossing (short for the much more tongue-twisting STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING Crossing) changes its layout, size, configuration, and other design factors based on who’s waiting to cross and where they’re going.

“The Starling Crossing is a pedestrian crossing, built on today’s technology, that puts people first, enabling them to cross safely the way they want to cross, rather than one that tells them they can only cross in one place or a fixed way,” the company writes. That means that the system—which relies on cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor both pedestrian and vehicle traffic—adapts based on road conditions and where it thinks a pedestrian is going to go.

Starling Crossing - overview from Umbrellium on Vimeo.

If a bike is coming down the street, for example, it will project a place for the cyclist to wait for the light in the crosswalk. If the person is veering left like they’re going to cross diagonally, it will move the light-up crosswalk that way. During rush hour, when there are more pedestrians trying to get across the street, it will widen to accommodate them. It can also detect wet or dark conditions, making the crosswalk path wider to give pedestrians more of a buffer zone. Though the neural network can calculate people’s trajectories and velocity, it can also trigger a pattern of warning lights to alert people that they’re about to walk right into an oncoming bike or other unexpected hazard.

All this is to say that the system adapts to the reality of the road and traffic patterns, rather than forcing pedestrians to stay within the confines of a crosswalk system that was designed for car traffic.

The prototype is currently installed on a TV studio set in London, not a real road, and it still has plenty of safety testing to go through before it will appear on a road near you. But hopefully this is the kind of road infrastructure we’ll soon be able to see out in the real world.

[h/t Fast Company]


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