Extreme Colors


The beginning of the week is always tough. Coffee breaks are tedious. The aftermath of weekend is still evident. And conversations with your colleagues aren’t that enlightening. Yet there is always a number of tasks you need to get done until the end of the day. To spark your imagination and help you to get through monday’s creativity block we are going to provide you every monday with “Monday Inspiration”-posts — brief pointers to appealing design approaches, interesting ideas and unusual solutions.

Today’s monday inspiration is all about some really colorful pages. Be prepared for some extreme colors.

Extreme Colors Link

Kashiwa Satos Tempest of Colors1 is actually a design portfolio. The Japanese designer has chosen a quite unusual way to exhibit his skills — instead of boring screenshots Kashiwa Sato presents color palettes used in his projects. In fact, he does it in a quite excessive manner on almost every page.

The color combinations are, however, not just placed before the actual site description. The whole portfolio is built in Flash, and all color palettes are moving with different speed, thus creating a quite unusual visual experience. Caution: the portfolio is indeed quite unusual and strange and as such not recommended for very sensitive (you’ve been warned) or epileptic people.

Kashi Wasato Screenshot2
Kashi Wasato Screenshot3

Well, Klaus Mitteldorf’s Portfolio4 is really creepy. At least it has a very creepy intro. So better don’t turn up your loudspeakers. The site is not only extremely colorful, it turns out to be really terrible if your cursor touches the links. Flash-based, of course.

Klaus Mitteldorf's Portfolio5
Klaus Mitteldorf's Portfolio6
Klaus Mitteldorf's Portfolio7
Klaus Mitteldorf's Portfolio8

Raquel Falkenbach9‘s art could be considered as ugly. But there are so many colors and it perfectly fits to this post.

Raquel Falkenbach10

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://kashiwasato.com/
  2. 2 http://kashiwasato.com/
  3. 3 http://kashiwasato.com/
  4. 4 http://www.klausmitteldorf.com/
  5. 5 http://www.klausmitteldorf.com/
  6. 6 http://www.klausmitteldorf.com/
  7. 7 http://www.klausmitteldorf.com/
  8. 8 http://www.klausmitteldorf.com/
  9. 9 http://www.raquelfalkenbach.com/
  10. 10 http://www.raquelfalkenbach.com/

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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1

    I love the use of highly contrasting colour so this is right up my street, great article again guys.

  2. 2

    This adds onto the list of resources for design and color schemes for me! I really loved the adobe one, whereby the colors given really are attractive and good looking.

    All the sites given by this article sure are unique and give a different taste towards usage of colors! Nice content once more and thanks!


  3. 3

    The default page of Klaus reminds me of Radiohead’s latest album cover, however Klaus could have used that type of design prior to them. I like his idea, but, like many Flash websites, the navigation is terrible.

  4. 4

    Love the really bright colors here, really inspiring stuff. The colors just have to be used correctly, to look beautiful rather than hideous :D

    A good color inspiration resource is Adobe Kuler: http://kuler.adobe.com/

  5. 5

    I really don’t like Kashiwa Satos’ site – its really messy, confusing and looks unprofessional with all the moving colours. The rest are okay though…

  6. 6

    In fact no…no no no… Raquel Falkenbach’s page is awful!

  7. 7

    ” Raquel Falkenbach’s art could be considered as ugly. ” – I really don’t like that site.. my eyes hurt.

  8. 8

    Although this is great for getting over the Monday block.. it is quite harsh to view bright colors on a Monday morning.

  9. 9

    Raquel Falkenbach’s default background reminds me of a record collection (vinyl that is), very colorful, just like your collection of cds/dvds perhaps.

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  11. 11

    A massive number of different colours is always exciting and inspirational: like opening a big box of colour pencils. You imagine so many possibilities.

  12. 12

    AMAZING!! I was just in the process of redesigning my homepage for my site and wanted to find the current trends in web colours. Did a quick search and coincidentally this is the main article you have on the site!

    Good to see that I’m not the only one with a passion for extreme colours (and a little reassuring that i’m not loopy too!!)

  13. 13

    Wow! it really wakes yoo up from a monday!.. I feel bright colors are very atractive, but not necesarily in a good way.¡ sometimes.

  14. 14

    Interesting list. The “kashiwasato.com” is really cool, but gives me a headache because all the movement.

  15. 15

    It’s fascinating how we all see things differently. There is not a better place to realize that than on the net. Some of the color combinations on certain websites, to me, can be down right unpleasant!

  16. 16

    Smashingmagazine is one of those sites that I always check for new content and always get really impressed by the quality of your articles.
    Even tough most of your content is based on links to other websites I really appreciate the work you put in search and sorting this resources.

    Thank you

  17. 17

    too much movement for me.. I’ll stick with

  18. 18

    You missed the originator of contrasting colour block stripes in fashion Sir Paul Smith .

  19. 19

    too much contrast for my eyes

  20. 20

    my eyes hurt after the Japanese dude!

  21. 21

    What Mr.Sato did is a very good idea…

  22. 22

    Kostas Mavropalias

    October 29, 2007 2:33 pm

    Satos’ site definitely made me forget the weekend and start the new week. Now I’ll be blind until next Saturday :P

  23. 23

    this is useful article, thanks alot

  24. 24

    that is probably one of the coolest sites ive seen. kashi see’s things differently, it’s refreshing.


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