All About Seeds

{ The Origins }

Back in the April of 2009, I got a wild hair and leapt from my career in corporate design studios to chance it on my own. From art school, through my time working at companies including Ford, Reebok, and Timberland, I catalogued my colorwork in endless sketchbooks. Fascinated by the emerging online creative community and voice social media offered independent designers, I was inspired to reinterpret my journals into a color blog. In May 2009, Design Seeds was launched for all who love color.

I am particularly obsessed with flowers, crops, produce, and the countryside which surround me here in Wisconsin. I also find endless inspiration at our local farmers’ markets and farm stands.

As Seeds has grown over the years, it has evolved into an international community who share a passion for nature’s beauty and the slow living lifestyle. By creating color palettes inspired by images submitted via #SeedsColor on Instagram, I am grateful to collaborate with diverse global talent including artists, makers, designers, and photographers.

Thank you for taking time to explore Design Seeds, and wishing you endless flowers in all your tomorrows.

~ Jessica Colaluca, Seeds Maker

 

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~ Indian Proverb

 


 

{ Design Seeds 411 }

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{ FAQ }

how do i submit an image to be considered for Seeds?

all submissions are accepted exclusively via Instagram. folks can submit photos by using the #SeedsColor hashtag. by submitting the photo, you are stating you are copyright owner of the image, & are granting permission for a Seeds palette to be integrated with it to be shared on the Seeds site.

what are the names of these colors?

HEX codes are listed in each Seeds post. i do not assign names to the colors as there is no universal match for names across brands, systems, or commodities.

what brand are these paint chips?

although Design Seeds colors inspire many decor projects, they are not actual paint chips. the colors i create do not correspond to a manufacturer’s paint line.

how can I have a paint color mixed by using HEX codes?

at this time, unfortunately paint manufacturers do not use common formulations. they have different base colors for mixing, and it only gets more complex from there. until the precedent of using digital color codes for mixing paint is set, i recommend choosing the closest match from your favorite brand by eye.

what software do you use to make the palettes?

“back in the day” i created color swatches with gouache paint. for Seeds, each individual swatch is mixed digitally. i create all the palettes in Illustrator, then import them into Photoshop for final tweaks. this allows me to fine tune the color harmonies, and address color shifts that occur between software.

may i use your palettes for my projects?

yes! … Seeds are created to inspire … you are welcome to apply the color combinations to your designs, art, decor, crafts, weddings, & projects.

may i post Design Seeds palettes on my blog?

yes! … & i appreciate folks sharing Design Seeds. for more 411 on how to share Seeds on your blog, social media, and honor copyright … please check out the Terms Of Use below.

can you help me choose a palette for my project (home or wedding)?

although i would love to help readers with their special projects or color challenges, i receive so many requests that i unfortunately cannot consult on an individual basis.

how can i purchase a print?

prints are not available. i do not sell, or help facilitate in having them made. please review the Terms of Use for further information regarding copyright.

 


Terms of Use

Design Seeds® and the Design Seeds® logo are registered trademarks of Seed Design Consultancy LLC. All rights reserved.

Seed Design Consultancy LLC offers Design Seeds as an inspiration tool and are not intended as an actual color specifier system. We do not take responsibility for any color shifts that occur in digital or printed forms. HEX values are generated through digital software, and accuracy may vary.

You may share Design Seeds on your blog or site. To honor copyright, the images may not be modified, have graphics added, or collaged into an image board. Proper attribution includes crediting Design Seeds and supplying a link back to the original post. Attribution for the Photographer must also be provided.

You may share Design Seeds in social media per the conditions stated above.

When hosting contests or challenges utilizing Design Seeds as the inspiration palette, you may not call your challenge “The Design Seeds Challenge” or use the Design Seeds name in any form in the title. When posting or sharing how to use Design Seeds as inspiration for art, crafts, or design the same holds true.

You may use Design Seeds colors in creating designs, illustrations, or crafts. However, you may not include Design Seeds as part of the name or title (including marketing or selling of your product).

Design Seeds are protected by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.


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The Design Seeds site limits advertising to traditional ads. The revenue generated from these ads fund the operational costs of the site.

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