Part of the fun of designing a website is choosing the colours. I use colourlovers.com where people create and name their own colours or palettes – it lets you search by picking a section of the spectrum (yellow-orange for example), and providing some key words. It then conjures up dozens of subtly varying hues in your colour range featuring the words you’ve chosen.
Throughout this and other sites, I have therefore aligned colours verbally as well as visually, matching the name to the purpose of the site or page.
Is any of this necessary? No, but yes. (Is dancing necessary? No, but yes.) I have never seen it done anywhere on the internet or in the real world, though it seems to me obvious. I do it because at a subtle level I believe it reinforces coherence and draws attention to the power of colour in affecting our spirit, something I consider we underestimate to our cost.
You will see colours credited in the footer of each page, but I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful names in this mosaic of orange bundled together, not to mention the rather inventive user names of the hue makers:
About – Be Happy by Any Palacios
Blog – Shared Joy by Colourplay and Blog-Orange by rhofkens_yahoo.com
Welcome – Warm Welcome by Quete 80
And, coming soon:
Gallery – Joy by Peony
Manifesto – 2make A Human Happy by Ziada
The background orange for the main nuannaarpoq quotation is Alive by Infinite Abyss.
Shades of orange for the main categories or themes nuannaarpoq.com focuses on have similarly reinforcing names:
Authenticity – Authentic by Skyblue2u
Beauty – Breathtaking by Joy_of_Summer
Colour – Colour Joy by Kaycee
Creativity – Creative Energy by Angelafaye
Discovery – A Child’s Discovery by Angelafaye
Enchantment – Enchanted Orange by Pauline Jones
Exuberance – Orange Alive by Pr3vje
Flourishing – Flourishing by Dreamagent2
Freedom – Freedom Hellhound by Impossible
Happiness – Joy Joy by Undergroundrailway
Humour – Shared Laughter by Liebling
Imagination – Imagine by Onebreath
Innocence – Innocent by Chi
Kindness – Human Kindness by Sunmeadow
Memory – Warm Memories by Noralong
Moments – Joy to the World by Plch
Sharing – Love is Warm by Into_thesea
Resilience – Resilience by Cardgazer
Sleep – Sleep by Akshita_Pundir
Slowness – Slow Roasted Peaches by Jen_savage
Time – Sunny Time by Dei!
How’s that? Hope it colours your world with warmth! See also the related business of font-finding.
PS If you are a colour nerd, you can find the hex codes for all of these on colourlovers.com.
Photo credits: orange rose – Annie Spratt at unsplash.com – one of my favourite photographers; standing in front of orange fence – Brandon Couch also at unsplash.com