Tuesday, July 7, 2009

One More Reason to Fear Losing Your iPhone

By Alicia of Chroma Lab

Many of us in Boston Handmade use traditional techniques like sewing, knitting, painting, metalsmithing, and woodworking to make modern pieces of art and craft. But as a group, we're certainly not averse to new technologies--we blog, tweet, and sell on Etsy, after all.

Tony and I are increasingly dependent on our (...okay, okay, HIS) iPhone to both run our business and help us with our creative process. We use it to talk and write to our customers, find out what's going on in the design world, and to process credit cards at markets (so cool!). Importantly, we also entertain our dog and cats with bird noises with the iBird app. It's good for employee morale.

The newest tool we've been playing with is the Ben Color Capture application, which can be downloaded free from the iTunes app store:

The app allows us to match colors from photos we take with our phone to Benjamin Moore colors, so we can make a note of which paints we want to pick up for our next project. We're constantly inspired by colors we see around us, and this app is so much easier to use than my old method--carrying around a massive color fan deck and post-it noting the matching colors!

When you get a color match, shaking the phone presents you with four coordinating colors, and you can also use the color wheel to find more colors you're looking for:

This app is great for anyone who works creatively with color, whether you're painting or using one of the many art and craft techniques represented in this group. Apple and Benjamin Moore, in the words of Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30Rock, "Can we have our money, now?" :D

How do you use technology to assist in your creative work?


  1. Too cool! I gotta get me one of those....

  2. Oh goody! I just got an iphone for very similar reasons. I'm hoping to be able to stay on top of my etsy store while at shows and to be able to capture information to blog about later. This app looks too cool - gonna go and gets me some ;)


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