6 Shark Week Color Palettes for Graphic Designers


Shark week is here! To celebrate, we'll share some JAWS-dropping color palettes inspired by some of the worlds coolest shark species! Ready to dive in graphic designers? It's #SharkWeek, so here we go!


Great White shark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekGreat White Shark

Great whites are fearsome predators. Intelligent and efficient, they hunt with speed, force, and deadly precision. Meet the king of sharks. Ten times the size of most sharks, the great white is truly massive. While the common size range is 11 to 16 feet, the largest accurately measured – caught off Prince Edward Island in 1988 – was 20 feet in length. Learn more about the Great White. Image from Wikipedia.

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This color palette showcases the strength and power of the great w
hite shark and pays homage to the deep oceans where it resides.

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Whale shark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekWhale Shark

No shark – and in fact no living fish – is larger than a whale shark. A typical whale shark measures 18 to 32.5 feet in length.

These sharks may be huge, but never fear, they come in peace. The whale shark is one of only three filter-feeding sharks. Though their mouths are sometimes nearly 6 feet wide, they don’t eat big things, but rather gulp large quantities of water full of plankton and small fish. Read more about this gentle giant.  Image from X-Ray Magazine.

Whale Shark - #Sharkweek 6 Color Palettes for Graphic Design
The soft, warm colors of this palette reflect the gentle, friendly nature of the whale shark.

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Coral catshark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekMarbled Coral Catshark

The marbled shark is also known as the coral catshark.  The name comes from the cat-like shape and the color of the eyes (a beautiful metallic green). A relatively small shark species (at around 2.5 ft), the coral catshark lives within shallow reef communities, where they feed on invertebrates and small fish, and often rest within the coral. Image from the New England Aquarium.


Coral Catshark - #Sharkweek 6 Color Palettes for Graphic Design
The subtle green in the eyes of the coral catshark makes a vibrant addition to this color palette, coupled with warm neutrals.

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Zebra shark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekZebra Shark

These zebras lose their stripes! As juveniles, these sharks have dark bodies with yellowish stripes. As they mature, the pattern changes to small dark spots on a grayish-tan background. Because of this, zebra sharks are often mistakenly referred to as leopard sharks. Two more features distinguish the zebra shark: the prominent ridges running the length of the body, and the impressive tail, which is nearly as long as the body itself. Learn More. Image from the Finformation.

Zebra Shark - #Sharkweek 6 Color Palettes for Graphic Design
This palette features subtle neutrals, showcasing the essence of the elegant zebra shark.

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Spotted Wobbegong shark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekSpotted Wobbegong

While the 12 species of wobbegong vary in length - between 2.5 and 9.5 feet - these "carpet sharks" all blend in seamlessly with the ocean floor, hidden from predators and prey alike. 

This nocturnal hunter will often lie still, waiting for prey to swim too close, attracted to the tentacles around the shark’s mouth that act as lures. Sometimes the wobbegong will also slowly wave its tail, mimicking a fish, which attracts other fish. Learn more. Image from Flickr

Wobbegong - #Sharkweek 6 Color Palettes for Graphic Design
The camouflage colors of the spotted wobbegong are used in this palette, mimicking the sand and shadows of the ocean floor.

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goblin shark - Color Palettes for Graphic Designers #sharkweekGoblin Shark

With its pointed snout and protruding jaw, the goblin shark is one of the strangest-looking sharks in the deep sea. Goblin sharks live along continental shelves around 4,000 feet deep, making them an incredibly rare species to come across. Learn more. Image from Phys.org.


Goblin Shark - #Sharkweek 6 Color Palettes for Graphic Design
This unusual pink shark deserves an equally unusual color palette of muted pinks and purples.

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