10 over 10 April Design Inspiration: Pink

10 on 10 is a monthly column featuring 10 pieces of visual inspiration. Each month has a theme, and this month’s is: pink.

I have a few favorite colors, and one of them is most definitely pink. I tend to like the  magenta side of the pink spectrum, with its vibrant hue screaming “Kapow! In yo’ face!”

I surround myself with pink things. I own 2 Klean Kanteen water bottles (they call their pink Wild Raspberry), use pink highlighters and post-it notes, and still rock an old tube of Burt’s Bees lip gloss (they call their pink Whisper). I have a 12-year-old tube of pink guache that I smear into abstract patterns and sunrises on thick kraft paper. And if you hand me a pink rose or Stargazer lily, I’ll gladly take it.

Loving pink is not a feminine thing for me. Bright magenta reminds me of passion, zeal, and energy. It’s a color that one dares to wear and use in decor because of it’s bold attitude. When I see someone rocking a pair of pink corduroys, I know that person doesn’t mind standing out in a crowd.

Behold pink’s power! Use it wisely among your art, design, house, wardrobe, and definitely, shoes.

When it comes to design and art, pink is a hard color to work with. It needs to be paired with a palette that accentuates pink’s power. The following 10 pieces are beautiful examples of pink’s ability to add energy and assertiveness to design and art.

 

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Rebecca Chew for Esquire


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Cafe Che identity design by Cast Iron Design


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Fonts.com illustration by Adam Grason


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2013 UTS Visual Communications Grad Show collateral by Sebastian Andreassen, Nina Harcus, Steph Tsimbourlas and Elle Willams


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Sunrise by Georgia O’Keefe


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Cookie Hotel Berlin designed by Deria Ormantzi and Sebastian Berbig


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Illustrations by Barbara Dziadosz


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Pink pattern by Ashley Goldberg


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John Waters movie marathon poster by Little Friends of Printmaking


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Juliette and the Licks album art by Supermundane

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