May 9-15, 2010

May 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

006 – This week brings the thoughts of designing for a cause and some colorful palettes to save and/or create.


We, the designers, love color, typography, palettes, photographs, code, clay, adobe… well, you get the idea. But, the point is, what if we can use and do these things for a good cause too?

Here are a few sites you can wander off to design for the better good of the world – ranging from simply sending a photo to designing something from scratch.

I’ll start with the easiest-for-you project you can contribute to.

All you have to do is browse/attach a photo of yourself and a small square from your pic will be manually pulled and become a part of the ONE WORLD FACE image. It’s free, easy and pretty cool.

After all, your participation helps generate publicity and awareness – with proceeds donated to the UN World Food Program to help fight poverty. Pretty cooler.

I’m part of the eye on the right.

(via @oneworldface)

DESIGNGIVE offers apparel by designers for designers and a portion of the proceeds from each item sold will go to a charity of the buyer’s choosing: American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Children with AIDS Charity, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and UNICEF.

“A cause for design, plain and simple. As artists, we were given a talent to create, it’s up to you to use those talents to try and make a difference in the world.”

Designgive also welcomes new designs. If you’re interested in participating, check out the site to see all the details of how you too can become a contributing artist.

THE CANARY PROJECT and its partners firmly believe that the climate crisis is solvable and, to back that up, they have launched GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS: “Posters for Energy Independence and the fight against Climate Change”.

“With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

You can take action by either voting for your fav (all posters are online to view and rate) or by creating a poster yourself. Along with inspiration for your new design, the brief, specs, and how-to-upload info is all there too, of course.

When all done and said, The Canary Project will select some for distribution in high-visibility venues such as bus ads, billboards, T-shirts, a Global Professional Publishing book, traveling museum show and, of course posters.


This is so pretty… the MOVIE STILL PALETTE INSPIRATION over at COLOURlovers has color schemes ranging from movies like “Wizard of Oz” to “The Goonies” to “Walk the Line”.

If this inspires you, check out COLOURlovers and create your own palette to show off and share.

(via @COLOURlovers / @pitchdesign)

DESIGN SEEDS also has some sweet color palette break-downs to take a gander at.

Very sweet indeed.

(via @design_seeds)

ADOBE KULER is a web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project.

“No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.”

The Kuler community is chock full of color schemes that you can save for yourself, rate it, and add to… all available online at no charge, so whatcha waitin’ for? Go ahead and start exploring, creating, searching, saving and sharing color themes.

(via @adobe)


With over 25,000 sketches approved, the SKETCH SWAP concept is fun and simple – draw one to get one.

Sketch up a lovely illustration and hit submit. You’ll immediately receive someone elses drawing and, if approved you’re masterpiece enters the database for someone else to receive down the road.

“Draw cartoons, art, brainstorms, anything. If you add text, please use English so we can approve it. A graphic tablet helps sketching.”

Approval is made manually by the Sketch Swap team – so keep it clean and in English.

Coincidently, after finding Sketch Swap, I stumbled upon A WOMAN FROM INSIDE OUT. She is filled with simple yet brilliant sketches, starting with the skeleton and moving onto to a fully dressed lady.

(via @StumbleUpon)

Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

TAGS: design for a cause, charity, color schemes, color palettes, sketches, drawing

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