Some advice from Andy on creating a dark theme for your website. It’s not just about the colours—there are typography implications too.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
A search engine for colours.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
I don’t really understand what this colour tool is doing or what it’s for, but I like it.
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Colour palettes throughout the ages that you can copy and use.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
Inclusive design is also future-proofing technology for everyone. Swan noted that many more developers and designers are considering accessibility issues as they age and encounter poor eyesight or other impairments.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
A lot of the issues here are with abuses of the
placeholder attribute—using it as a label, using it for additional information, etc.—whereas using it quite literally as a placeholder can be thought of as an enhancement (I almost always preface mine with “e.g.”).
Still, there’s no getting around that terrible colour contrast issue: if the contrast were greater, it would look too much like an actual pre-filled value, and that’s potentially worse.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
On Ev’s blog, Marcin goes into great detail on theming an interface using CSS custom properties, SVG, HSL, and a smattering of CSS filters.
I was kind of amazed that all of this could happen via CSS and CSS alone: the colours, the transitions, the vectors, and even the images.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
These are beautiful!
Featured below is a chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour.
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Some colour palette inspiration from films.
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
A primer on accessible colour contrast with links to some handy tools for testing.
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Go deep, deep down the rabbit hole of Rob’s brain in all its colourful glory. Seriously, this is simultaneously a great write-up of how he came up with his site’s lovely colour scheme(s), and it’s a terrific primer on colour theory and why the HSL value in CSS is so, so wonderful!
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Suggestions for small interface tweaks.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018
A nice clear explanation of specifying colour using HSB (not to be confused with HSL).
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Liberally licensed SVG illustrations by Katerina Limpitsouni with customisable colour schemes.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Great advice on keeping your hyperlinks accessible.
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
18F: Digital service delivery | Building a large-scale design system: How we created a design system for the U.S. government
Maya Benari provides an in-depth walkthrough of 18F’s mission to create a consistent design system for many, many different government sites.
When building out a large-scale design system, it can be hard to know where to start. By focusing on the basics, from core styles to coding conventions to design principles, you can create a strong foundation that spreads to different parts of your team.
There’s an interface inventory, then mood boards, then the work starts on typography and colour, then white space, and finally the grid system.
The lessons learned make for good design principles:
- Talk to the people
- Look for duplication of efforts
- Know your values
- Empower your team
- Start small and iterate
- Don’t work in a vacuum
- Reuse and specialize
- Promote your system
- Be flexible
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
This is a really intriguing book that combines design theory and programming—learn about contrast, colour, and shapes, with each lesson supported by code examples.
It’s still a work in progress but the whole thing is online for free. Yay for web books!
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
A plug-in for Sketch that allows you to simulate colour blindnesses and check colour contrasts.