Design, in Holi color

The skies may still be grey in much of the world, but this Friday lots of folks will return home caked in pigment spanning the whole color spectrum, and that tells us that Spring is on the horizon. More specifically, it tells us that Holi is here—the Hindu celebration of the coming season and a festival of color.

In honor of the holiday, we thought we’d put together a little roundup. There are just so many designs out there that make use of elegant, understated use of color. Those will not be included here. Rather, this week what we’re looking for are designs that dive headlong into the visual spectrum, spraying prismatic glory all over a website, product package or whatever the item may be. Happy Holi!

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Web design for One Wave

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Product packaging for Waldo Trommler Paints

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Web design for WinShape Camps


Packaging design for Tcho Chocolate

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Web design for Andrew McCarthy


Product Packaging by Farm Design

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Web design for Cook


Packaging design for Absolut Vodka

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Web design for F91W


Truck wrap design for Veuve Clicquot

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Web design for Triplagent

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Packaging design for Toscatti

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Web design for Macaw

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Editorial design for Pitchfork

Have any other colorful designs to share? Celebrate Holi in the comments!

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Alex Bigman
Alex Bigman

Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.

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