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

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