Bringing color into the fold in design and projects within the classroom is now easier. Recently, I learned about Adobe Kuler where using the standard color wheel you can observe how color schemes work together. At first, I struggled to see how this might work within an agriculture classroom; however, I believe it may have many possibilities.
You will need to sign-up for a free Adobe ID in order to use Kuler. This is key because as you explore and create your own color themes, you will want to save them. Having an ID allows you to save them and even share them through various outlets. At the top of the page you will see “Create”, “Explore” and “My Themes”. Create is just that – creating your own Kuler Theme for a projects or just for fun. The “Explore” tab allows you to view other Adobe user’s themes. This can be a source of inspiration or just to get an idea of Kuler’s capabilities. Lastly, “My Themes” provides a collection of your own creations for later use.
As you see there is many moving parts to the Kuler page. There is a combination of hue, saturation and several other color components. If you click on the “Color Rule”, there will be a drop down menu that allows you to choose a color scheme based on the where you want colors to fall on the color wheel. The base color is the middle color as shown below and depending on the types of color rule you choose will determine where the accompanying colors fall in this theme.
The bottom photo shows that I have chosen a monochromatic color theme based on a violet (Hex F227FF) color. This way I can tell what color compliment this base color or in different situations would contrast it. (Purple is my favorite color, so I just had to!)
You will see at the bottom of each color there is a RGB and HEX number. These numbers provide information to use to categorize exactly how much of the RGB color spectrum is used and to denote what HEX color it is for web page coding. Unless you are doing your own graphic or webpage design these numbers are not that important.
I feel this could be a fun and inspiring resource for many projects within the agriculture curriculum. I will be using this in Floriculture class to help students understand the color wheel and how colors work together to either compliment or contrast one another. The interactive properties of this program allow students to really explore their own interests. In addition, I believe this could be introduced to an Agriculture Business Management Class when talking about marketing. Being aware of the psychology behind color and how poorly designed works can actually dissuade customers is important.