So lately I’ve been searching for a little inspiration and I’ve found two tools that when used together are very interesting. One is Free Stock Photography. They have tons of high resolution, royalty free images that are interesting as potential backgrounds. Even just cutting a small portion of some of the landscapes and using them to create a pattern might be interesting.
The problem is when you find an image, figuring out what color scheme to use to best fit the images you have or get from the site. Well, I found a nice Color Palette Generator that takes in a 600px or less image and gives you a matching palette. Pretty neat. I’m hoping to use this to generate some template sites very soon.
That’s all for now. Been pretty busy at work and updating my site when I get home. Hopefully I’ll have something to show soon.
Random Tidbit: If you haven’t checked out del.icio.us yet, do it. Basically, it’s a social bookmarking site. Meaning you can bookmark neat sites you find and share them with your network of friends. In addition, it allows you to organize them with tags. If you’re like me, and most designers, you have a large number of local bookmarks – at work, on your various computers – and no real cohesion. This allows you to import them from your browser and save them all on there. So you can have access to your entire bookmark collection and organize them very simply so that you can easily find what you are looking for. I keep a great deal of mine private, but I’m going to start changing that as I go through mine in the next few weeks. Feel free to check out my public ones – and send me a network invite if you want. At the very least, use it. It’ll save you a lot of time and it’s a cool site to boot.