Hi, I'm Ashleigh, the lead designer here at Design Aglow. I'm thrilled to begin a monthly blog feature to let our readers peek into our work here through things that are inspiring me in the design world. If you have something you'd like to read in a future post, just let me know by commenting below!
I love Pantone's new color of the year for 2013. It's so fresh and seems to translate to any season. I can imagine using it in a design for a holiday card or a spring save the date. From the runways, to home interiors, to web and print design, we are in store for a lot more of this color in 2013.
A little emerald anyone? It's funny, as I sit down to write this post, I notice I am in fact wearing this color today. My scarf is most certainly woven in the hue of Pantone's Emerald 17-564, with the addition of little white polka dots all over. Typographic Marketing Set, and given it an Emerald 17-5641 make-over.
If you are a lover of color like me, you may want to use your Emerald in a color palette so you can use some additional colors in your designs.
Sometimes less is more. Here's an example of a great color palette using emerald sparingly in just the right dose to add to the overall beauty of this palette. Here I've taken one of Design Aglow's card designs, from 'Hello World' Baby Announcements and shown it in my new palette.
How will you use Emerald this year?
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.