December 23, 2006

24 Ways To Impress Your (Web Geek) Friends

Ho, ho, ho! This year I was asked to pen an article for the annual web geek advent calendar, 24 ways. I chose to tackle a problem that pops up very frequently for me: matching colors from a set palette for elements in a variety of shapes and sizes. Often times, using the color hex value from a palette may not yield the results you are looking for. Those are the times when you need to be a bit underhanded and cheat your colors. Wanna see what I mean? Head over to the latest 24 ways and have a gander at Cheating Color.

Last year’s 24 ways was chock full of great tips, and this year’s hasn’t been any different. I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites:

Commentary (9):

1. Andrew Hedges says… dec 23, 2006 | 1:05 pm

Jason, great article. I feel validated after having felt a pang of guilt for having stepped outside the guidelines in the past to accomplish consistent color. I also agree with your picks for favorites out of the 24ways set. I was especially inspired by the vertical rhythm article and will be implmenting it on my blog.

2. Smallest Photo says… dec 24, 2006 | 6:56 am

excellent. Was just encountering such an issue recently. Also thanks for the link to Jeremy’s article and the reminder to read through all the articles over at 24.

3. Natalie Jost says… dec 24, 2006 | 11:02 am

Seems like I’ve seen quite a bit of color talk on 24 ways this year which is great. I get a lot of people asking me for more color resources and it’s so helpful to have more places to refer them to.

“consider hex numbers to be guidelines rather than law”

Thanks for that. ;)

4. Jared says… dec 28, 2006 | 10:49 am

Great article! I’ve been cheating our color palette a bit and your topic definitely made me feel much less dirty about it.

5. Rocketeer says… jan 9, 2007 | 5:32 am

The article definetly makes “tweaking” the color pallette seem acceptable, after all the “optical color’s” importance overules everything else!

6. Stergios says… jan 10, 2007 | 4:27 am

A good article tip Mr.Santamaria. Thags a lot!

7. Tanie linie lotnicze says… jan 27, 2007 | 5:46 am

I know 25th way…
Great article Jason

8. bannery reklamowe flash says… mar 2, 2007 | 7:36 am

Fantastic article covering some points I really needed some good usability info for.

9. projektowanie stron www says… mar 2, 2007 | 7:37 am

Cool site !