Colour crush / Q4 2021

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My nature-inspired, energising colour palette, perfect for nourishing, assertive and wellness focused small-batch businesses. You can download the colour palette for free at the bottom.
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It's not just enough to love a curated collection of colours: I also have to know how they can function and thrive together to create an outstanding brand experience.

So, while I want to share this colour palette with your (that you can totally steal for your own DIY brand, of course!), I also want to give you a use case for how these colours can work together in type, layout and pattern.

I write a lot more about colours in this post and also share a solid 24 palettes for you to use in your next project here. Go grab those too, and read up about how to create a perfectly balanced colour story for your brand.

Use case

So, to give the colour palette some life and love, I designed a brand experience for a curly hair shampoo brand that I would love to find on the shelf at my pharmacy.

It would make sense for this business that we create a durable digital and print presence, through social media, website and packaging, and encourage repeat visits to digital platforms they're active on. One way we can do this is to create a tutorials collection that lives outside of YouTube or Instagram, encouraging customers to return to the site often by updating them. They could also encourage repeat orders by offering a subscription service for quarterly delivery. The social media and email marketing efforts would promote this, leading to return website visitors.

Brand assets

To keep the brand fun, energetic and minimal, I focused on type, clean layouts, photography and a wavy pattern. The brand colours were used to differentiate the different 'steps' or product categories, and in a real life application, the brand palette would be wider to accommodate more categories.

Copy was kept a nice rich black on the litter backgrounds, and a crisp white on the darker colours. The palette offers enough contrast for the accent colours to be used on the primary bold and neutral colours, which allows for a lot of play in pattern and layout for marketing materials.

Minimal paint-style textures were used in brand colours for added visual interest and as a nod to the rich texture of the products for digital-only applications.

You can see all the ways this nature-inspired colour palette was used to create a fun and clean brand experience, while telling the story of balance, growth and confidence.

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Free download

Want to use this colour palette in your own branding or creative project? You can download it here for free, along with a collage of the mockups to inspire your DIY branding!
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Colour crush / Q4 2021

Hi! Hello. I'm the author, Lorin.

Red wine appreciator, amateur gardener and the voice and heart behind everything here.

I work with small business owners who want more rad clients, growth, and clarity and less rules, formulas and lost-in-the-crowd brand stories by supporting them in building a business they love and brand they believe in.

Partnering with me goes well beyond branding and I’m never in it for the short term. This is also not your typical design studio: I’m equally invested in working with businesses that aren’t ready for or don’t want to invest in design.

So that either way, we wrap up our project with what you need to communicate what you do, who you do it for and why it matters in the most compelling way, without sacrificing your vision or values in the process.

Got more meh clients than fab ones?

(Or maybe just not enough clients at all?)

Don't start with your logo. Start with your brand messaging!

Grab my free Brand Messaging Checklist and a cup of coffee (or glass of wine ;) ) and find out what small and impactful changes you can make this week to start getting more (fab) clients. Or find out more about it here.

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