7th January 2020
Pantone Classic Blue swatch

Colour trends for 2020

Pantone have announced that the Colour of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue, and Shutterstock's forecast also features an intense indigo. What else is trending?
9th January 2019
Blue colour swatches demonstrating seasonal colours

Seasonal colours

Colour psychologists often split colours into seasons. Find out how different shades of a colour can evoke different feelings.
9th January 2019

Colour forecasting for 2019

Every year, Pantone announce their colour of the year: in 2019 it was Living Coral. How does Pantone decide which colour they should promote in this way?
18th January 2018
Colour wheel

Design focus: using colours

Find out why we used the colours red and green for this logo design.
8th January 2018

How to choose colours that match

How do you choose colours that match if you don’t know anything about colour theory or colour psychology? There’s a great free resource to help you.
15th January 2016
Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year, Pantone select a ‘colour of the year’ that they deem to reflect the zeitgeist (buzzwords this year are balanced, calming, wellness,
8th December 2015
Colourful Pantone mugs

Presents for creatives and design lovers

We creative types can be very picky when it comes to presents. Here are some ideas showing you how to please your arty loved-ones. 
8th December 2015
A Patern Painting by Stephanie Wilkinson

Colouring for grown-ups

If you are in lockdown and want to relax by expressing your creativity, try colouring books. They're not just for children, they're for grown-ups too!
28th May 2015
Peter Blake's razzle dazzle snowdrop ferry

Everybody razzle dazzle …

On a recent trip to Liverpool, I drove to Seacombe to see Peter Blake’s Snowdrop Mersey Ferry, but nothing had prepared me for this riot of colour.
12th December 2014

How should creative women dress for business?

First impressions count: it’s well known that people judge you mainly by your appearance, not by how you sound, or even
22nd September 2014
Two book covers from the same series

How to brand a book series

When people think about branding, they normally envisage company logos and the way they are applied to marketing materials and products.
18th March 2014
a pattern of orange segments

Colour psychology: orange

To most of us, orange conjures up visions of youth and fresh ideas; it’s a lively, vibrant colour, ideal for portraying vitality and newness. On the
9th April 2013
Pantone 448 is the ugliest colour

It’s not all about looking beautiful …

People think design is all about making things look beautiful, but sometimes we have to do the exact opposite; a case in point is the new packaging for Australian
16th April 2012

How to choose a colour scheme

Sometimes all of us need inspiration when it comes to choosing colours, and you could do worse than turning to one of the Great Masters. One
25th July 2011
logo design detail

Logo design: behind the scenes

“Logo design? That must be easy – you could probably knock something up in a couple of hours”. Is that what you think? Here’s what really
29th April 2011

How not to wear black

Why do women love to wear black when it actually suits so few of us? Jules Standish, author of ‘How Not to Wear Black’ has some
20th October 2010

My top 10 tips for a great book cover design

1      Know your market 2      Get the size right 3      Keep it simple 4      Employ bold typography
2nd September 2010

An unsung hero

Many of you will have heard of Oz magazine, know about the obscenity trial in 1970, and possibly even know the name of its editor, Richard