Inspired by Nature: Color Palettes


Mother Nature is an endless source of inspiration. Sometimes I turn to nature consciously to help me solve creative problems. Other times, I stumble onto something in nature serendipitously. Yesterday at the beach was an example of the latter.

While walking by the water with my girlfriend, I found a seashell with a breathtaking arrangement of purples, blues and browns.

Seashell with a beautiful arrangement of purples, blues and browns

Being the design-nerd I am, I immediately thought “I need to digitize this color palette.”

Color Palette

When I got home, I imported the photo of the sea-shell into Photoshop and sampled the colors. Here’s the finished palette:

Color palette inspired by a seashell

Normally, finding colors that blend well together takes hours. In this case, it took a total of 15 minutes. I spent more time setting up my project file than arriving at the palette.

Maybe I won’t have the opportunity to use these colors as they are. That’s okay because at the very least, I have broadened my imagination and creative toolkit. And this is all thanks to Mother Nature’s works of wonder. There’s a beautiful quote by Richard Feynman on the infinite creativity of Mother Nature:

“The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man. For instance, how much more remarkable it is for us all to be stuck-half of us upside down — by a mysterious attraction, to a spinning ball that has been swinging in space for billions of years, than to be carried on the back of an elephant supported on a tortoise swimming in a bottomless sea.” -Richard Feynman

Inspirational Resources

Earth View

Google’s Earth View is a giant collection of the most striking images found through Google Earth. Clicking through it provides beautiful combinations of colors and textures.

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Author: Husam

Husam Machlovi has pitched to, and developed relationships with, top Fortune 100 companies. He's designed digital experiences that have generated millions in revenue. At his company, With Pulp, he leads Product Strategy & Design where he crafts product stories and interfaces that people love.

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