What’s Your Favourite Colour?

Colours tell a lot about someone’s personality. So in an effort to learn a bit more about my favourite designers and bloggers I started a 1-question mass interview to ask them what their favourite colour is. Although the colours they chose are very different these 40 creative minds have one thing in common. They are at the top of their game and I respect them deeply for their contributions to the design community. So please visit their websites/blogs and discover outstanding articles, free high quality resources and gorgeous designs.
As a bonus I made an A2 poster containing all the favourite colours with the respective names for you to download as pdf for free. All you need to do is take it to your local print shop or simply use your inkjet at home to print it.

The Cool:

Cool colours are generally associated with feelings of calmness, stability, harmony, trust and wisdom.

cool colours

Full Name Site Colour
James White signalnoise.com #0e2545
Calvin Lee mayhemstudios.com #003399
Vitaly Friedman smashingmagazine.com #006bbd
Matt Cronin spoonfeddesign.com #00a2eb
Eli Burford designblurb.com #0066ff
Tom Ross psdfan.com #015987
Angie Bowen arbent.net #01689b
Walter Apai webdesignerdepot.com #0781c1
Chad Mueller inspiredology.com #0099ff
Rob Barrett rob-barrett.com #0099ff
David Leggett tutorial9.net #00aeef
Brian Yerkes BrianYerkes.com #28858d
Aaron Irizarry thisisaaronslife.com #6799cc
Nick Pagano thinkdesignblog.com #23a4de
Sabine Reinhart patterrific.com #87d6f6
Kyle Steed kylesteed.com #83def9
Franz Jeitz fudgegraphics.com #6a7d5e
Andrew Taylor additivedesigns.com #33cc66
Andrew Kelsall andrewkelsall.com/ #525915
Henry Jones webdesignledger.com #98b22e
Fabien Barral fabienbarral.com #b1d300

The Warm:

Warm colours are generally associated with feelings of love, energy, enthusiasm, joy and strength.

warm colours

Full Name Site Colour
Chris Spooner blog.spoongraphics.co.uk #8a654b
Andrew Houle myinkblog.com #fdd831
Danny Outlaw outlawdesignblog.com #f07818
Niki Brown thedesignoblog.com #c45f1c
Brian Hoff www.thedesigncubicle.com #ef3825
Adelle Charles fuelyourcreativity.com #b10f0f
Jon Phillips spyrestudios.com #990000
Graham Smith imjustcreative.com #7e000c
Brian Lovin elitebydesign.com #a22424
Liam McKay www.wefunction.com #dc0f52
AJ Troxell phiredesign.net #ff91c5

The Neutral:

Neutral colours are generally associated with feelings of elegance, sophistication, authority, modernity and reliabilty.

neutral colours

Full Name Site Colour
Jacob Cass justcreativedesign.com #ffffff
Max Stanworth designshard.com #e6e6e6
David Calavitta stopdropanddesign.com #cccccc
Tim Mercer digital-artist-toolbox.com #212121
Fabio Sasso abduzeedo.com #111111
Andy Sowards andysowards.com/blog #070707
Selene M. Bowlby idesignstudios/blog #070707
Grant Friedman colorburned.com #000000

The Poster:

favourite colour poster preview

contains 1 .pdf file – 175 Kb

Final Thoughts:

If you want to know more about your favourite bloggers and designer I highly recommend reading “Music of Design: What do you listen to?” on Outlaw Design Blog. Danny Outlaw asked a handful of popular designers (including me) to share with him what type of music gets their creative juices flowing and what they listen to while designing. The results are quite surprising and range from classical to metal tunes.

For those of you who are interested in the meaning of colours I recommend reading “Color in Web Design: Color Symbology“.

Finally I want to thank everyone who participated in this project. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

Join the Discussion:

67 Awesome Responses so far
  1. Thanks for asking me to participate! Its kind of cool to see all of the fav colors together. The meaning of the colors are also interesting. Orange is just a great color :D

    Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog´s last blog post..Change Has Come

  2. Nice post, Franz, thanks for letting me be a part of this! I was wondering how you were going to go about using all these colour references you were collecting. Interesting to see how many people are with me on the aqua/teal range!

  3. Felix Andersen February 17th, 2009

    Different but interesting article! Good work :)

  4. Great post, and thanks for including me! I was wondering how you were going to present all of the colors – very interesting!

    And to Andy Sowards… great minds think alike, huh? :)

  5. Cool post! It was very interesting to find out what other’s favorite colors are. Thanks so much for asking me to participate. Very cool idea, and well executed.

    Nick Pagano´s last blog post..Inspiration – 5 Photoshop Masters

  6. This is a great idea and an interesting post. Thanks for including me!

    Tim Mercer (DAT)´s last blog post..Sumo Paint – Free Online Alternative to Photoshop

  7. This is a really interested idea and post. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of it, it’s great to see the favorites of other designers.

    Tom Ross´s last blog post..Design a Stunning Sneaker Advert

  8. Hey Franz! Nice post, nicely laid out! Thanks for including me, it’s cool to be in such great company (of designers and colors) :)

    Jon Phillips´s last blog post..The Unlimited Freelancer eBook From FreelanceFolder

  9. Great post!

    I have mixed feelings on my favorite colors. It’s between #333333 & #8ac84d

  10. Thanks so much for the chance to be on this list… and i made the “cool” list lol.

    Cool to see everyone’s color choices… lots of interesting stuff… cool colors to reference for future projects

    ~ Aaron I

    Aaron Irizarry´s last blog post..I Am Going to Miami Yay!

  11. I have three favorites:

  12. Red: #FF0000

  13. That poster came out awesome. I love seeing this great palette! Thanks so much for including me, it’s quite an honor to be among such talented designers :)

    Andrew Houle´s last blog post..10 Cool Tweeple in the Design Community

  14. I was wondering how all this would turn out. Great job Franz; it’s interesting how more designers chose a cooler colour. The poster is a fantastic idea too!

    Andrew Kelsall´s last blog post..The Professional Designer’s Guide to using Black

  15. Awesome idea, and executed very cleanly! I would have to go with #395975 or #262626 for my favorites.

    JB Design and Photo´s last blog post..Excel Air LLC Website is now Live

  16. Wonderfully creative way of showing what designers favorite colors are and the meanings behind them. Really interesting, and a wonderful read. Thank you very much for including me.

    AJ Troxell´s last blog post..How To Make Your Own Splatter Brushes

  17. I just LOVE the idea of the poster, Franz!
    Thank you for asking me to participate. There are so many designers I adore and it’s an honour to be part of this project.
    Your simple question turned out to be more difficult than I thought and it was not easy to choose only ONE favourite colour. As I wrote to you this might be a matter of mood and fashion.
    I also think it was not easy to put this together. Great job!

    Best wishes to everyone

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  18. Fun and interesting. Nice outcome of everything. Who would expect Colourburned to have the non-colour black as a favortie? And no purple?

    My favorite colour is the same orange as Danny Outlaw choose. I am wearing a polo in that colour as we speak. I might as well have another favorite colour next year.

    Sigurdur Armannsson´s last blog post..Feed Your Type Addiction with RSS

  19. Not surprising to see the blues with the most fans as that is typically the most chosen favorite color including mine!

    What an AWESOME project you guys have put together.

    Fantastic to see what some of the inspirational designers out there have chosen.

    Thanks so much for posting such a quality job!

    Justin Moore-Brown´s last blog post..The Flashbulb Group interviews The Actual Joey Himself.

  20. This was such an original idea and I love what you ended up doing with it. Thanks so much for including me. I loved seeing everyone’s favorite colors.

    Angie Bowen´s last blog post..Weekly Web of Inspiration: Amazing 3D Illustrations

  21. cool post, thanks for including me! That’s an awesome way to set this up, way to go, Franz!

    That poster is awesome :)

  22. Great post! Thanks for including me! I love seeing all the other designers fav colors :)

    Andy Sowards´s last blog post..Daily Links

  23. cool post, my favorite colors pink and lilac. some colors and palettes link below http://www.colourlovers.com/lover/joyologo

    joyoge designers’ bookmark´s last blog post..People Silhouettes in Vector Format that You can Download for Free | Best Design Options

  24. Excellent post, love it! Great what you’ve done with it, interesting to see everyone’s choices.

    liam´s last blog post..How-To: Taking WordPress One Step Further

  25. Interesting to see I was the only one who picked white :) Interesting post, great way you have compiled the findings, well done!

    Jacob Cass´s last blog post..20% Off Unlimited Freelancer eBook

  26. This is an excellent post and I was surprised by your choice Jacob – very interesting indeed, however, is white truly a color? (technically it is I guess, but…. you know….)

    Webdesigner Depot´s last blog post..22 Website Designs Inspired by Apple.com

  27. @All: Thank you so much for your comments and kind words! I am thrilled that you all like it. I truly am. Thanks so much for helping me putting this together.

    @Jacob: I was surprised to. It was quite unexpected to get all those different answers and yet 2 of them got picked twice. It’s also amazing how they all fit together nicely on the poster.

    @Sabine: I actually changed my favourite colour a couple of times as I was doing the write-up and colour combinations in Photoshop. I might just have to do this once a year to see the evolution.

  28. Great post and results.
    Maybe in a next phase you could ask those designers for their favorite color PALETTES (eg. 3 colors). Would be interesting to see what color palettes they come up with. And would be useful for amateurs like me!

    Jan Caals´s last blog post..Daily 5 from February 14, 2009

  29. WOW! What a great idea! Love the poster.

    Thanks for asking me to contribute. I feel honored to be among such awesome designers. :)

    – Cal

    mayhemstudios´s last blog post..A Chat With Twitter Master & Designer Calvin Lee

  30. Very nice post, interesting concept!

    I missed Veerle Pieters in this list though!

    Anyways, my fav colors is deep red, comes in the warm colors category, right?!!

    dezignMusings´s last blog post..15 Photoshop Tips (I Bet) You Don’t Know

  31. Really awesome of you to put all this together franz, and to be part of it myself, seems quite a few like a variation of blue.

    Max Stanworth´s last blog post..Getting giddy with GoMedias hand drawn wings

  32. @Jan: I’m already thinking of a new question to ask for a similar project and I like your idea about the palettes.

    @MayhemStudios: Your spot amongst the others is well deserved. For all you do for the design community you should have been allowed to choose 2 colours :)

    @DesignMusings: There are a few missing. Some didn’t reply others I forgot to ask. I mostly asked those designers and bloggers I have on Twitter.

    @Max: Glad you like. Thanks again for participating. It’s true, blue is quite popular. It’s just such a universal and soothing colour.

  33. I’m more of a #CC0000. but my others are #00CC00 & #003366

  34. I love cool blue. Really nice post.

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  35. This is awesome! Really interesting to see what colors people like.

    Excellent job!!

  36. Great post and collection – definitely a very unique idea! And thanks for featuring my favorite color up there, #a22424!

  37. Interesting project. Somehow strikes me as an analog version of colr.org. Cool idea, being crazy for infographics something like this could bloom into a huge project with even more participants. Maybe make a second one? ;)

    Sebas van den Brink´s last blog post..Revamping an iconic leader

  38. @Sebas: I didn’t know about colr.org. It’s a nice project. I am actually thinking about a follow up post. Maybe to see the evolution of favourite colours from those who already participated and then add some more.

  39. I liked you creative idea ;)
    great post :D

    SostyPasha´s last blog post..????????

  40. Very interesting idea for a roundup, and thanks for including me :)

    Eli´s last blog post..Picking Colors for your Design

  41. It’s interesting! nice survey?

  42. this is very cool.

    my favorite colors are: #9ed2f1 and #999999

  43. Really nice idea and nice way to show off the colours.

    Mine is probably dark red – #990000.

    Jennifer Farley´s last blog post..Design A T-shirt & Win A Graphics Tablet

  44. #12bef0

  45. Nice idea but what’s best about this post is the PDF that you produced, good idea.

    My favorite color currently is: #00ADEE

    A close second: #FFFFFF
    And third: #000000


    – Niamh (@nredmond)

    Niamh Redmond´s last blog post..“How to create a great web design CV & Résumé” as featured in Smashing Magazine

  46. Super cool idea, thanks for sharing. But what I want to know is why no one seemed to be in the purple range?

    Jessica Mahoney´s last blog post..Patriotic Freebie Collection

  47. Very interesting read, didn’t know my favorite color(s) said so much about me. My favorite colors are deep reds, like #550000 and different variations.

  48. Thanks a lot for this very detailed article. I’ve just finished creating a new website using WordPress.http://colorfashion.co.cc/ I had to do quite a few hacks to make it perfect. This article will definitely help me for my next site.

  49. bom post

  50. Amazing that LILAC is no where to be seen, the colour of equanimity, of transformation of creativity… All boys I suppose…? Hihi

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