Category Archives: Design Tips

Color Inspo

photo of water meeting the sand

This great shot of the intersection between sand and sea makes a surprising color palette of rich tans, shadowy browns, and an ultra-cool gray. This versatile palette could be used in almost any industry, setting a strong branding foundation for anything from a modern beauty startup to a longstanding accounting firm! How it’s done is all a part of the process. Visit our website to check out our Case Studies & see how we use colors to help our brand stand out amongst the crowds!

Original Key Art

Almost Main poster - with a couple sitting on a bench with dark night sky background

This is 1 of 7 original key art posters we created for Rubicon Theatre’s 2022-2023 Season! Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy with unique Northern charm. We designed the poster with the story’s tone in mind, using a spectrum of cool blues and an eye-catching green ribbon of the Northern Lights to illustrate the setting with interest and a dash of whimsy. Don’t miss Almost, Maine at Rubicon Theatre September 7th – 25th, and go to ManceCreative.com to check out more of our original designs!

Visualize Your Ideas with Infographics

Infographic of mobile phones showcasing ABC NorCal's social media
Infographics can help give visual cues to any instructions you need to give your staff, clients, or visitors.

This simple, to-the-point infographic poster for ABC NorCal features just the most important details: Screenshots of their social media platforms showing examples of their posts, each platform’s logo for immediate recognizability, clear usernames for each site; all being led to form an eye-catching call to action. ⁠

⁠Contact us today to learn more about how we can turn your important instructions, guides, and data into effective, multi-use infographics!

Ringing in the New Year!

Sky full of fireworks with pink and purple color swatch boxes

Happy New Year from all of us here at Mance Creative!

DID YOU KNOW? Rather than get their bright colors from pigments like paint or “smoke bombs”, fireworks get their colors from CHEMISTRY! In addition to the chemicals necessary for their controlled explosions, fireworks contain specific metal salts that dictate the colors we see when they go off (like copper salts for blue, calcium salts for orange, and barium salts for green!)

Holiday Inspo

Blue and bronze colored lights

This glitter & bokeh shot has us ready for those upcoming Holiday Parties! While the whole image feels lively and energetic, the color scheme is surprisingly subdued without that bright, hot blue (as you can tell with these swatches). Follow us on our Instagram account @mancecreative to beautify your feed with more daily color inspo and see some of our latest client work!

Shades of Blue

This blue color scheme may seem simple, but its diverse range of value makes for some serious eye candy!  So, what makes it work so well? The darkest gray-blues contrast beautifully with the sun-filled sky just behind the building, and the varied hues that make up the building’s facade range from true blue to almost green in a naturally-occurring grid.

A color scheme like this is great for corporate entities, banks, or any brand aiming to communicate trust and reliability. Felt near-universally to be calm and stable, blue sets your brand apart as approachable and dependable; an especially useful tool … Read More

Shades of Green

We love this color palette! While its made of mostly greens, a wide variety of shades and hues provides plenty of diversity and interest to the overall image. The bright camel and dusty white create strong contrast with the chosen greens, with each color sharing a subdued quality that highlights the natural harmony of the composition.

While green is on the cool end of the spectrum, its “temperature” is unique due to its status as a secondary color between two primaries; yellow and blue. This means the temperature of a green hue will vary greatly depending on which primary color Read More

Design Tips: Color in Branding & Marketing

Why Green Should Be Your New Favorite Color!

The next color in our Design Tips: Color Themes series is our personal favorite; GREEN! Okay, maybe we’re a little bias, but there’s a good reason our Creative Director [Michael Mance] chose a monochromatic green color palette for Mance Creative. “Men tend to like cooler colors while women tend to like warmer colors. The color that they both agree on is green.” So, green was chosen to appeal to the widest possible audience. In addition to being equally eye-catching regardless of gender, green communicates balance, freshness, and innovation — All qualities we Read More