In elementary school we teach children to think from 3D into abstract. I remember rebuilding my classroom in the sandbox and then slowly going to designing that same room on graph paper.

So why not try to do it with people. What if I started out with a picture of me and boiled it down to just a color palette? Would you still be able to recognize me?

A simple feature like the Color Picker will help you take big leaps as you start your design journey.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank new template.

Next tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and add your picture from the Photo library.

TIP: Divide your slide into three equal areas to clearly highlight each step in the process.

Now that your image is in, you want to recreate yourself using only basic squares and rectangles. Go ahead and tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner again and add some basic shapes from the Shape Library.

Select a shape and style it accordingly by tapping on the paintbrush.

TIP: In my example I’ve use the Color Picker to get the exact colors from my original image.

For the final step you need to add five rectangular shapes from the Shape Library. Tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and add the shapes.

Style your rectangles with the same colors from your previous color palette.

TIP: You’ll notice that the last colors you found remain in the Color Picker, so no need to repeat that action.

Share your end result.

Going Further.

Take this idea to the next level and create an abstract family portrait or play a game where you can only use colors to guess who you are representing. Pantone actually did it!

Use the Everyone Can Code resources to turn this into an app.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!