UX/UI designer, storyteller, and all-around renaissance woman living in the ATX. www.aswrightdesign.com

Have you ever found that one color you just had to use in your next project? But, when you try and generate a color palette around it, nothing seems to work.

I’m going to show you how to create a color scheme around any color using one technique you’ve probably never thought of. MATH. Yes, math. How, you say?

Let me show you.

1. Set your color model to HSL

Usually, your color picker is set to Hex values like #DB17DF. We’re going to change it to HSL, which stands for Hues, Saturation, and Lightness.

2. Pick a color, any color

As an example, I’ve picked my latest obsession, #DB17DF.

When I went to college, back in ’09, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. I had two goals in mind: make art and make money. But, whoever heard of an artist who made money? That’s when he walked into the room. Graphic Design. He was everything I wanted. I’d explored other mediums like becoming an art teacher or sculptor, but Graphic Design had this sort of mystery to him. I didn’t know much about him, but I quickly learned he could offer me more than I could ever imagine.

Like any good relationship, there was a lot of learning to do in the beginning. He was so new to me and I, him. I had this wild yet meticulous style that was hard to tame in a digital space, but when we found our balance, boy, did we work. We made such a great pair; we were practically inseparable. Graphic design had made me into a very strong brand and print media designer. We were like peanut butter and jelly, two peas in a pod! You couldn’t think of one without the other. …

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