colours in nature

why designers love the little book of colour

Why Designers love The Little Book of Colour 

When I first had the idea to write a book I wanted it to be for designers and creatives but I was told that was a no go. From the many conversations I had over the years, they told me they didn’t need a book on colour because they used colour intuitively. So when Penguin…

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three nature led trends worth investing in karen haller

Three nature-led trends worth investing in 

When it comes to design work something I’ve been increasing noticing over the last several years are more and more clients asking for designs that will stand the test of time. Now, that idea is nothing new, clients have been asking for timeless designs for years. But the difference I’ve been noticing is they no…

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three ways to stand out in the design world karen haller

Three ways to stand out in the design world

These days there are thousands of designers in any industry, be it graphic design, interior design, product and textile design or styling. And with the internet, that means you are up against designers not just locally or even in your own country, but around the world. So that can leave you wondering, how do you…

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colour it's in our nature karen haller

Colour, it’s in our nature

There’s nothing like the buzz of Clerkenwell Design Week which was last week. It takes place annually in the Clerkenwell district of London, which is renowned for its concentration of design studios, architecture firms, and creative businesses. I love attending because it showcases the latest trends and innovations in the design industry, with a particular…

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colour in nature… when red is really orange

BBC QI has to be one of my favourite shows. And I especially love it when they have questions relating to colour. In this particular show, they talked about colour in nature and when red is really orange.

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how animals use colour… colour as camouflage

When it comes to using colour, the natural world is truly astounding. This article focuses on how animals use colour as camouflage. Camouflage (KAM-oh-flahj) the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive. (Day 5 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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colour psychology… the meaning of green

Did you know the human eye is able to differentiate more shades of green than any other colour? The belief behind this is one of evolution and survival when our early ancestors relied on being able to find food, water and life. We are reassured and feel safe when seeing green.

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colour psychology… the meaning of yellow

How do you feel when the sun is shining? Happy, spirits uplifted? So it will probably come as no surprise to you that yellow just happens to be the colour that represents happiness!

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colour psychology… the meaning of blue

It’s the colour of the sky, our seas and oceans. We are literally surrounded by blue. And if blue is your favourite colour you’re certainly not alone.  Time and time again research shows blue to be the world’s most favourite colour.

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colour psychology… the meaning of purple

Historically, purple or violet was only available to royalty and the very wealthy because it was so expensive to make. Psychologically  purple communicates spiritual reflection and connection.

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