Posted 18th March 2015 | By ExtraMile

As a fine art student and design enthusiast I have decided to dedicate this blog to my first love – colour! We've all seen the Dulux prohibition advert when 'colour was banned' and their latest advert, implying a future without colour , has inspired me to delve into the colourful world of websites, apps and more...

What colour is it?
This fun little site doesn't have a lot of function – but it does provide a rather charming display of colour, using the time as a hex code. You can get lost for whole minutes watching the subtle hues change.

The Colour Clock
Similarly to What colour is it?, The Colour Clock translates time using a slightly different system – but creating just as mesmerising an effect. You can set it as an ever-changing wallpaper for your desktop or mac, or on your mobile so you can carry around a little more colour.

Colour changing materials
A group of engineers from Berkeley, California, has invented a new material that shifts colour when a small amount of force is applied to it. In a paper they've published they explain how this chameleon-like material can offer many more possibilities for camouflage and other technologies. Imagine if this became widely available and we could change the colour of our outfits according to our moods!

Salvation Army Domestic Abuse Campaign
That dress that divided the world on its colour (which then turned out to be blue and black) has been used in a clever, but compelling campaign by the Salvation Army, South Africa. The image they use of a female victim of domestic violence, wearing a white and gold version of the dress, compares the strange optical illusion-like qualities of the dress, with the ability to over-look abuse.

CMYK Wine Bottles
These wine bottles play a clever game with the CMYK colour scheme that designers are oh so familiar with. Using the four colours and alliteration of their initials, designer Jordan Adkisson has created some extremely stylish wine labels that are bold and fun.

And finally...

This 1,000-piece CMYK puzzle
Created by designer Clemens Habicht, this beautiful, rainbow-hued puzzle is certainly not for the colour-blind, with each piece representing a different individual colour, which must be arranged in the perfect order. Although some may find this incredibly infuriating as a jigsaw, there's no doubt I would find it very satisfying to complete!

Written by Philippa Graham, Lead Online Editor at ExtraMile Communications.

At ExtraMile we try to take an hour out each week to look around us at what others do and to gain inspiration and to admire people's creativity. Each post in this series is one staff member's take on the world of web, design and things online. We hope you enjoy it.


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