This is scrumptious: whizbang color thingy from Choose an image you like from the web, copy the address into the "image url" box then go down and click "random from image" and you will get a color palette. When you get one you like, tag it with any combination of words or phrases. You can see my palettes by entering "taz" into the "Tags:" box and clicking "go".

You can add tags to other people's palettes, as well, and also tag the colors themselves. Greatest little color toy I've seen in ages; go have fun (and if you make some palettes, why not add a comment here to tell us what tags to looks for!)

Posted by taz on May 6, 2005 at 04:56 AM in Color, Color toys, Web tools, Web Toys | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Thanking Miss Daisy

I have not been scouring the web recently so I haven't had much to share (damn these 24-hour days!). But let me just mention the few things that I have encountered that I especially like: From Chasing Daisy's sidebar, two lovely finds: Re-Invigorate's free data archiving service for tracking your web stats, and Pixie, a free "easy-to-use, fast and tiny" color-picker. I didn't think I needed one of these things, but I downloaded this 62Kb utility, and I totally love it.

Finally I would be remiss not to mention that I just can't stop laughing at Eugene, the marvelous crooning child, stumbled upon by the grace of a compassionate god, and Anne's delightful LinkSquare Project.

Posted by taz on April 21, 2004 at 06:08 AM in Color toys, Web tools | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Ambienta virtual interior palettes

How's your Spanish? A little rusty? Never mind; you can still play with Ambienta, a color toy for putting together interior palettes. Just plunge right in and make selections on the first few pages (you can pretty much make out what some of these are - and as for the rest, why not go ahead and live dangerously?!).

Eventually you will come to page where you select which room you want to color up, and then what style you want for the room. After this you will be on a page that shows your room; click "Aplicar color", and you will see three or four choices, which are "ceiling", "accents", "wall 1" and, usually, "wall 2". Choose one, then play with the color wheel and slider to select a color. When you click on the color square of your choice, the selected area of the room will be colored in. At the top of the picture, in the little grey bar, the first link takes you back to choose another room, the second link takes you back to choose another style, and the last link on the right erases your color selections from the room.

I love these things because they let me play with some pretty wild schemes, but I have to admit that so far I haven't been brave enough to actually follow through with any of the more daring ones - of course it helps if you actually have the fancy-pants furniture you see in the pictures, doesn't it? Here's a pretty nice bedroom I put together - if staring at a red ceiling as you're falling asleep doesn't scare the stuffing out of you!

I found Ambienta at the very nice, a web design and development blog that offers all sorts of news and tips, as well as a Site of the Week section. And for more fun with virtual housepainting don't forget the Behr coloring workbook, which also allows you to play with exterior schemes.

Posted by taz on April 9, 2004 at 01:45 AM in Color toys, Interior design | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack