Shutterstock Gallery of Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2016

There’s a Shutterstock gallery of Pantone’s colours of the year 2016 (a pale pink and gentle blue called Rose Quartz and Serenity respectively) available to view through the stock image site’s blog. It’s a visual feast of pink and blue, showcasing some of the best examples of the colour combination we’ve seen so far this year.

pantone colour of the year 2016 - Shutterstock Gallery of Pantone

A natural combination

Pink and blue are two very distinct colours. However, these calming tones are present in natural landscapes such as flowers, glaciers, seascapes, and underwater life. Other photographs capture the striking pink and blue combination in architecture, homeware and even children’s sweets. Other works include digital art, fashion photography and photoshoots involving ice cream, cocktails and currency.

Seeing all these images collected together is a sensation for the senses. Seeing how much the gentle pink and calming blue occur naturally is fascinating – it’s similar to the experience of learning a new word and then hearing it everywhere. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to use the colour combination, or just want to zone out with the tranquil imagery, this gallery is a great place to start.

16 Images Inspired by Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Web Design Psychology Tips

Web Design Psychology Tips

We have some web design psychology tips to help enhance your design knowledge. You may produce beautiful and brilliant websites, but sometimes even the best design can simply not appeal to users due to overlooking subconscious factors. For example, having a good grasp of layout and colour means users will have an easier time navigating your site. Knowing some of these visible and invisible elements can really enhance your design and help to make it all the more engaging.


Web Design Trends 2016 – Part Two: The Look

Continuing from our Web Design Trends 2016 – Part One: The Design, here’s how things are literally looking for web design in the year to come.

Not-so-stock photography

Stock photography as we know it is fast falling out of favour. This is happening for many reasons. Firstly, overuse has led to contempt. Secondly, the rise of social media and visual platforms has only highlighted the gulf between genuine photos and cheesy setups. Thirdly, the human brain is very visual, meaning that in combination with the first two points, the stock in such photography is plummeting, if you pardon the pun.

This doesn’t mean that stock photography will cease to exist (or if you pardon another pun, continued to be stocked); it’s just going to start looking far more natural, personable, and less posed.

When stock photography isn’t used, expect to see it replaced by some of the others aesthetic web design trends, such as…