Color is easily one of the most prominent elements of design, but color pickers tend to be rather mundane tools — nothing like the physical process of mixing inks or paints.

Not everything out there is dull, however: we’ve spent time looking at unique color tools before, including services like 0 to 255 and Colllor, and now this free color picker by Lyst founder Devin Hunt has our attention.

Hunt’s minimal interface makes his tool particularly interesting. On load, the entire window fills with a single color. Move your mouse left and right to adjust the hue, move it up and down to adjust the lightness and scroll to change the saturation.

Once you’ve found something you like, click to save your selection. Then, the window splits so you can select your next color.

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It’s simplistic, yet the interface manages to be surprisingly inspiring, making it worth a quick look for every designer. That the service favors hex codes makes it even better – if you’re focused on the Web.

➤ Intuitive Color Picker (via Codrops)

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