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Copying color palettes just to get by?

Two days from now that big project is due. It seems like you’ve had forever, but some things just aren’t coming together.

Are you feeling that weird knot in the pit of your stomach yet?

Before you know it, you’ve wasted a day worrying about it. That means there’s only one day left.

You’ve worked really hard on an icon set and a bunch of UI layouts to go with them. Now it’s time to make sure the colors are right.

You don’t have time to make a color palette.

Nobody will notice if you just sneak onto Dribbble or Instagram and sample someone else’s color palette, right?

Probably not…

To be honest, most of the time nobody notices a color swipe.

But somewhere deep inside of you, it just seems like you should be able to make a good palette on your own. After all, the person you sampled from did it, right?

There’s nothing inherently criminal about swiping colors, but it’s not something most designers talk about.

If it feels like a weakness, it probably is.

That feeling that you should be able to find your own colors is a good sign. It means you want to take control of your choices.

You’re not lazy, you want to do better, and you’re tired of taking the easy route.

Just imagine no longer being stuck doing this:

  • Search for an image with the right colors.
  • Coming up short.
  • Sampling from something “good enough”.
  • Adding it to your work just to find it doesn’t work just right.
  • Repeating that mess all over again.

Not only is finding your own palettes a much better approach, it actually speeds up everything.

Yes, the very thing you’re doing to speed up the process can actually make it slower.

When you’re in control, you’re in control.

This palette was made in less than 20 min.

I’m not saying it’s the best ever, but you’re probably spending more than 20 minutes looking for those “good enough” color palettes I mentioned earlier.

I’m in control. I don’t need to feel bad about swiping colors from someone else or waste my time doing it.

So now what?

At this point I’m left with two options:

  • Leave the conversation here and say I hope you figure it out.
  • Offer something to help you move closer to taking control

I like option two much better.

You’re not the only one struggling with this.

Lots of people swipe colors and lots of people are tired of doing it.

I’ve put together something to get you on the right track. It’s incredibly quick to start using and it will give you results:

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I’ve had really great conversations with people just like you. Some of them can choose the right colors but it takes a lot of work and they still aren’t confident, others are completely frustrated and don’t even know where to start.

That’s why I’m building resources to help with this part of the process. Your icons are only as good as your ability to take your ideas from concept to reality.