Color Secrets

Working with the same two or three colors for a long time can certainly clog the creativity as well. For the last 6 or so years, my day jobs have me dealing with versions of black blue and gold. Trust me it does get stale. Luckily I’ve had the pleasure of working on several freelance web design and side projects to keep my creative chunk of the brain in tact. Much of this involves modifying or creating a new color scheme. Just as layout and content, color is an integral part of a web sites existence. A drab color scheme can hinder usability, accessibility, appeal and ultimately kill your site. Now, the purpose of this post is not to scare people away from web development especially if they do not feel they have the eye for color. I happened to enjoy color, color theory and study it when I can. There is a science of what works and what doesn’t but ultimately it boils down to what you and others think looks good. I have had several people come up to me and ask for a quick color scheme. Most of these people tend to be more of the developer/coder types. They seem to feel their eye for color and design is not always up to par. I’m certainly not going to argue with them (save that for another day) but for everyone who feels weak in the color department, check out these two really cool web sites that help people who need a little jolt to get them thinking about successful color use. Enjoy!

Daily Color Scheme – A great site that posts color schemes inspired by popular websites, publications etc. Each color scheme has the hex, RGB, and HSB values along with downloads to Photoshop, Illustrator, css and html files. check it out: Daily Color Scheme Since this site is in beta you may want to try the following link: Daily Color Scheme Beta

COLOURlovers – This is the true Social Color Community. User submitted schemes that are rated by other users, tips, trends, tags, news You name it! I was recently introduced to this site and it has quickly become one of my favs. Check it out! [link]

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.