This Is Me

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i created the concept of Design Seeds in May of 2009 as a way to bring a unique approach to design blogging through my passion for color.

beginning in art school and throughout my design career, i have created color palettes while collecting inspiration in journals. Design Seeds are a modern interpretation of these original color journals.

my design experience extends beyond color. i graduated from the Center for Creative Studies with a BFA in Industrial Design. i have worked at companies including Ford, Reebok, & Timberland prior to "going on my own." in addition to color and design services, i consult on brand and social media strategy having worked with clients in the product, home decor, apparel, transportation, and footwear industries.

it is a thrill to be able to share with you my journey and inspiration, thank you for exploring Design Seeds!

– jessica

Frequently Asked Questions

what is that color?
HEX codes are available for all Design Seeds palettes. please check out "what's that color?" to learn how to find and utilize the HEX codes.
what brand are these paint chips?
although Design Seeds colors inspire many decorating projects, they are not actual paint chips nor do they correspond to a manufacturer's color line.
what are the names of these colors?
i do not assign names for the colors i create because there is no universal match across brands, color systems, or commodities for a color name.
what program do you use to make the palettes?
"in the old days" i created color swatches with gouache paint, now each individual swatch is mixed digitally. i create all the inspiration in Illustrator, and then import it into Photoshop for final tweaks. i do not use color droppers or color software. to read more about my process, please check out "generating color?"
i’m really bad at choosing colors, do you mind if i use some of your palettes?
Design Seeds are created to inspire, and you are welcome to use them for your designs, art, home remodel, crafts, or wedding palette.
do you know of software where i can upload an image i like and a color palette is generated?
although they exist, i am not a fan of palette generating software because they create subpar palettes. simply stated, our creative talent cannot be duplicated by computer programs. if you would like to see this illustrated, please check out "generating color?"
do you take the photos, if not where do you find them?
i have recently started using my own photography for Design Seeds, and you can find me on Instagram where i share my photos before they evolve into Seeds inspiration HERE. i began using my own photos in August of 2014. in order to honor copyrights for the 5+ years prior, i had purchased image licenses (because i bought the licenses, there are not credits or attribution links). for those seeking to purchase prints, i do not sell prints of my images. i unfortunately do not have the links to the images i purchased licenses for if they are not noted on the site.
i would love an actual copy of one of your books (not an ebook). are they available in print?
Design Seeds are only available as ebooks at this time. please check out the *books* page to explore available ebooks.
can you create a palette using some of my favorite colors?
i am unfortunately unable to accept individual palette requests.
i love the glasses in this photo, where can i buy them?
products or materials seen in images are not from a retail website. i do not have links available or sources to advise where you can purchase them.
can you help me choose a palette for my project (home or wedding)?
although i would love to help all readers with their special projects or color challenges, i receive so many requests that i cannot consult on an individual basis.
i love this inspiration and it would work perfectly in my living room, can i purchase a print for my home?
Design Seeds are not sold as prints, and higher resolution files are not available.
can i post Design Seeds palettes on my blog?
yes. Design Seeds are copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution No Derivative Works license. for more information, please check out the Terms Of Use at the bottom of this page.
features & mentions
Emerald Interview
1.2013
The Wedding Mile
1.2013
Huffington Post
3.2013
the Mod Cloth Blog
8.2013
BuzzFeed
9.2013
Mashable
1.2012
BlogAds
1.2012
decor8
1.2012
Apartment Therapy
1.2012
Tangerine Tango
1.2012
BuzzFeed
1.2012
Refinery29
2.2012
Smashing Magazine
2.2012
Stylelist
4.2012
Delish Magazine
4.2012
Emily Henderson
5.2012
USA TODAY
7.2012
BuzzFeed
7.2012
MTV FORA
8.2012
HGTV
11.2012
ReadyMade
1.2011
Apartment Therapy
3.2011
Lamps Plus interview
11.2011
Sweetapolita
12.2011
Apartment Therapy
12.2011
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