Colour and Pattern to Blow Up Your Imagination!


“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. When used in the right ways, color can even save on energy consumption.
As a powerful form of communication, color is irreplaceable. Red means “stop” and green means “go.” Traffic lights send this universal message. Likewise, the colors used for a product, web site, business card, or logo cause powerful reactions. Color Matters!

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.
― Pablo Picasso

Here are some real beautiful songs for you to help you unlock your creativity and discover the magic in the color!


After the Big Wet by Brenda Gael Smith

Andrew Lewis Design

Andrew Lewis Design

Andy Gilmore

Annette Guerrero

Art Deco Pattern, c1928, André Durenceau, Hans Carl Perleberg

Atlas 59 | inaluxe

Calendar illustration by Paul Ibou, 1963

Charles Arnoldi

City and Colour poster by Hannes Beer


Dekoplus fabric from the Netherlands circa late 1960s, at Brisbane fabric shop Funky Fabrix

Detail of visual identity for Pigmentpol by FELD and ATMO

Michael Thompson aka Freestylee

Georg Karl Pfahler

Gift wrap by Kelly Hyatt | Lagom Design

Guy Matchoro ~ Dreaming of Paris, 2012 (oil)

Hand painted and digital piece – Sarah Bagshaw

Ingela Håkansson

Jurriaan Schrofer – 1962

Linefall by Fabrizio Rainieri

Logan’s Run

Luna | inaluxe

Marimekko print

Methane Studios

MWM Graphics | Matt W. Moore

Nicolass Warb (1906-1957)

Olivo by Akamundo

Pattern in Islamic Art – PIA 027

Project #icandoit365 – Get Art Here

Salone Internazionale del Mobile (1984)

“Shattered” – from I Need Nice Things

Stephen Ormandy

Superb Fairy Wren | inaluxe



Inspired by: (for the text)
Most of the images were found at Andrew Trute at

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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