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.



Rebecca Chew for Esquire


Cafe Che identity design by Cast Iron Design


Fonts.com illustration by Adam Grason


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


Sunrise by Georgia O’Keefe


Cookie Hotel Berlin designed by Deria Ormantzi and Sebastian Berbig


Illustrations by Barbara Dziadosz


Pink pattern by Ashley Goldberg


John Waters movie marathon poster by Little Friends of Printmaking


Juliette and the Licks album art by Supermundane