Color codes... what are they... where do I find them... how do I use them... what about fonts... Thse are some questions we ask when starting on a design for our site. I have compiled some links to answer these questions and presented them by groups in the extended entry. Design gurus will tell you that content is king and design presentation should not detract from the actual content of your post. I am not presenting this information to discuss the theories of content and presentation. I am presenting it as a set of tools for you to use and decide for yourself how you want to present your content to your corner of the the world. I tend to favor a more bold approach to using color in my designs, whereas other designers prefer a more subtle approach. I've tried to give you enough information and reference sources so you would be able to make your own decisions and present your content how you want it to look for your readers. After all... it's your site... do what YOU want to do. Last Call »
W3Schools: CSS Colors What are they...
There are 3 ways to specify color codes in your HTML and CSS stylesheets:
|color_name||A color name (red)|
|rgb(x,x,x)||A rgb value (rgb(255,0,0))|
|rgb(y%, y%, y%)||A rgb percentage value (rgb(100%,0%,0%))|
|#rrggbb||A hex number (#ff0000).|
Visibone Webmaster's Color Lab
Visibone Webmaster's Color Card
Madarin Design: Web Color Swatches
Web Color Reference: Named Colors
Web Color Reference: Proprietary Color Names How do I use them....
Dmitry's Design Lab: The World of Color
Communicate With Color
Color Matters - Design Art: Color Theory
What about fonts...
Visibone Webdesigner's Font Card
A really neat color code converter...
Southern Twilight RGB to Hex and Hex to RBG Converter Feedback from MuNuviana Rob from Xset:
Just my 2c worth. Hex codes can be shortened to a 3 digit number (yeah I know it's got letters in it - it's still a number) so #ff0000 can become #f00, black becomes #000 and white becomes #fff. Annika from Annika's Poetry & Journal:
One great way to get hexadecimal color codes I discovered is through Photoshop. On the lower right corner of the color selector chart is a little box that shows the color code for whatever color you have selected, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. Madfish Willie:
I appreciate your input. Will three digit hex codes validate as proper CSS? It seems I've read somewhere that the validators require six digits??? With six digit hex codes, you get a broader range of colors. Rob from Xset:
They should validate as they are valid hex equivalents to their 6 digit cousins. And I meant it only as a short hand method of entering appropriate colors. By all means use 6 digit codes for more complex hues. Ted from Rocket Jones:
I do the same thing as Annika, but with Paint Shop Pro. When doing a banner, I select a color to match, then read the color code given in hex. Works like a champ, and makes it easy to clone that particularly nice blue you found on someone else's site. Bravo Romeo Delta from Anticipatory Retaliation:
A neat color-picker can be found here (http://www.pixy.cz/apps/barvy/index-en.html). Cool stuff soon as I figure out how to do something wid it. « You're cut off!
Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon
Well, now I've went and done it....
I determined several things were making my site load slow. Here's what I did:Last Call »
I had external calls for scripts to load both the Munuviana blogroll and my personal stuff from Blogrolling.com. Those two things were always hanging up the load times. So, for Munuviana, I just hard coded in the members in; for Blogrolling.com, I put in a D'oh! listing. I'll access those sites from my toolbar and gradually work them into the hard coded categories where they fit in.
I had a rotating banner script that selected a random banner from six choices. While the banner images are fairly large (as most banner images are), I decided I could rotate them out myself each week when I vote for the New Blog Showcase. I put my vote at the bottom of my sidebar, because it just has to be on the fron page to be counted.
Which brings us to the number of posts displayed on the page. I have my configuration set to 7 days. Well, some days I post 4 or 5 times. That's a lot of posts over a week's time. So, I decided to only show the last 20 posts. Then, in the sidebar above the Archives grouping, I put in a group that will show the titles of the last 15 posts that went off the page, so there would be easier access to them. [In case you can't live without the Dumb-Ass Jokes!]
I also took out most of my internal calls to stuff in modules and hard coded them into the index file. I left in the comments thingy, the extended text roll down thingy, and the random toasts thingys just because I wanted to. So there....
The net result is that my page should load quicker and you can get on with your business quicker when you visit. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see changed back!« You're cut off!
Heya! Regarding the referrer script that I use over at justagirlintheworld.com . . .
I use the script offered over at http://www.blogtricks.com
Hope that helps you!posted by Lisa at January 5, 2004 05:40 PM
Thank you Ms Lisa!posted by The Bartender at January 5, 2004 08:04 PM
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HammerHead Blog Design
HammerHead Blog Designs is proud to announce the birth of a new baby boy!
Pamibe over at Drowning at 2 Feet Sea Level did all the banners and graphics and buttons for the site [more than once, I might add]. I just can't describe how well she responds to what the site owner wants and comes out with something unique for each individual project. Just a marvelous talent as far as I'm concerned.
Madfish Willie had to pull out the big hammer and do some serious beating about Eric's head and shoulders for extended periods of time. Just kidding... actually it was probably the other way around, although we did run into some unique design challenges to make the site operational for his readers viewing exclusively with 800x600 resolution.
Eric decided it was time for a change and decided he wanted a three column design. So we did the three layout and put it up on his main site. Needless to say, there was much knashing of teeth and raising of hell! So, we decided to take the site down, put up his old site and direct everyone over the HammerHead design studio at MadLab. Eric did a post directing his readers to come by the site and leave comments on what they were seeing with what browser at what resolution. We left it up there for a couple of days and worked out each problem as it came up.Last Call »
We finally worked out the main design challenge - which was making the site viewable in 800x600 resolution. A three column design is just not conducive for 800x600 viewing. My inspiration and guidelines for overcoming this issue came from Jim at Snooze Button Dreams. I have a test skin up over there that he points to and accesses via a different index file and associated stylesheet. So, I tore that page out of his book added a script from JaveScript.com and adapted it for Eric's site. As you go to Eric's main page, you will notice a button labled [View Old Format] in the left sidebar. When you click that button, it takes you to his old two column layout. We formatted the site using the new stylesheet and adapted the three column index to the two column layout. We were both real pleased at the poutcome and the flexibility it gives him in presenting his site.
One of the features of this method is that when he posts to his main site, both sites are updated when the index is rebuilt! Cool beans! I also used some modular techniques in order to update the links in both indexes with just one edit.
We did most of the debugging and troubleshooting via MS Messenger so I could respond immediately to his change request. At each edit we would either approve the change and move fporward or go back and start over. It was a very effective way get things done for both of us.
Here is a list of some of the other features we designed for Eric:
- Custom 3 column design
- Custom 2 column design
- Custom banners & logos
- Custom graphics in sidebars
- Custom archive pages logos
- Custom comment pages logos
- Custom trackback page logo
- Custom sidebar background images
- Custom body background image
- Custom blog background image
- Custom archive page designs
- Custom comment page designs
- Custom trackback page design
- Custom display trackback pings code
- Expanding & collapsing extended entry scripts
- Expanding & collapsing comments viewer scripts
- Text formatting buttons in comment listing and comment preview templates
- Coding based on heavy use of modular programming techniques
- Access to a secondary site updating with primary site data for 800x600 viewers
I was over there - it really looks terrific. Everyone did a wonderful job!posted by Teresa at January 4, 2004 10:51 PM
yep..you are the column-killing KING...and Pam is the Queen of Cocktail Graphics! THANKS!!posted by Eric at January 5, 2004 05:03 PM
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HammerHead Blog Designs
HammerHead Blog Designs has just completed a new custom, 3-column, blog design for Linda at Civilization Calls. I did a complete custom job including the main page, comment listing template, comment preview template, trackback template, individual entry archives, category archives and monthly archives. I also added some scripts for better functionality. Go by and take a look when you have some time.
HammerHead Blog Designs also just did a little stylesheet tweak over at Susie's Practical Penumbra because we love her so much.
The next project is for Eric at Straight White Guy. It is in the HammerHead testing facility, better known as the MadLab! It's in the beta testing stage right now. Go over there and wonder through the site... it's not very long, only four or five test posts. Leave comments on what you find in the way of bugs and formatting errors. Don't forget to tell me what your browser is and what resolution your are viewing in.
After that project is complete, HammerHead Blog Designs will be working on putting skins on the site over at MuNuviana for our group blog. that should prove to be an interesting project, for me anyway.
When you have time, go check out the other designs HammerHead Blog Designs has completed. They are all listed and linked in the sidebar. Let me know what you find that needs corrected. Sometimes by the end of the project I get kind of weirded out and miss stuff that I should have caught. That's why I'm leaving Eric's site up at MadLab for a couple of days... to find the little stuff while I still have access to all the files.
Thank you, dear Barkeep! I loved being tweaked....posted by Susie at January 3, 2004 12:47 AM
Damn susie... let me get the post up before you start commenting! I bet you got here just as it went up... that's freaky....posted by The Bartender at January 3, 2004 12:50 AM
Civilization Calls is lovely, but I'm credited with doing the graphics [lower left on the page]... but I didn't!
Have to cry foul on that one! :^Dposted by pam at January 3, 2004 10:39 AM
D'oh! I used cut and paste from a module to insert that and forgot to take that part out. I'll go right over and take care of it.posted by The Bartender at January 3, 2004 04:30 PM
I went over to civilization calls, and the two sidebars are overlapping the middle column. Its completely unreadable. I'm using internet explorer 6.0.posted by Jason at January 4, 2004 08:39 AM
What resolution are you at? 1024x768 / 800x600 ?posted by The Bartender at January 4, 2004 11:44 AM
It's fine in IE6.0, 1024, full screen, fine in Mozilla1.5, 1024, full screenposted by The Bartender at January 4, 2004 01:50 PM
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