April 25, 2006

Colors on the Web

Colors on the Web is a new site for web colors that includes a nifty color wheel that picks three random colors.

Posted 10:44 AM

April 07, 2006

Color Tool

Color Tool is a cool DHTML color picker that lets you instantly change the colors of page elements with drag-and-drop.

Posted 10:11 AM

March 21, 2006


GrayBit is an online accessibility testing tool designed to visually convert a full-color web page into a grayscale rendition for the purpose of visually testing the page’s perceived contrast.”

Posted 11:57 AM

February 25, 2006

Fashion in Colors

Fashion in Colors "explores color as a design element through 300 years of western fashion."

Posted 08:00 PM

January 31, 2006


Firewheel Design's ColorBurn is a cool OS X Dashboard widget that features a new color palette every day.

Posted 09:12 AM

January 27, 2006

Colr Pickr

Colr Pickr is a nifty color picker that uses color wheel to pick Flickr photos that have the colors you pick. Scroll down for a bunch of different sets of images, like textures and graffiti.

Posted 12:54 PM

January 26, 2006


colr.org is a cool "site for playing with colors... It's pretty much del.icio.us for colors and color schemes."

Posted 08:45 AM

January 25, 2006


Recolored is a software application that colorizes black and white photos if you specify some borders and colors. [via]

Posted 11:36 AM

January 17, 2006

Color Guidelines

Window Research 4: Color Guidelines & Applications has some guidelines for using color in user interfaces.

Posted 01:33 PM

November 14, 2005

Shop By Color

Etsy has a cool Flash interface that lets you shop for items by color. [Via What Do I Know.]

Posted 12:07 PM

November 03, 2005

Colour blindness on the Web

Richard Rutter's personal experience with using the web as a colorblind person.

Posted 03:04 PM

September 09, 2005

Sim Daltonism

Sim Daltonism is "a color blindness simulator for Mac OS X."

Posted 02:37 PM

Color Theory for the Color-Blind

Digital Web has a nice article on Color Theory for the Color-Blind

Posted 02:20 PM

August 25, 2005


COLOURlovers is "a place to view, rate and review some lovely colours & palettes. the idea is to create a place of color inspiration where a designer of any sort can see new and lovely colours."

Posted 11:06 AM

August 15, 2005

Color Code

Color Code is "a full-color portrait of the English language." There's an interactive Java map of more than 33,000 words, each "assigned a color based on the average color of images found by a search engine."

Posted 09:22 AM

July 25, 2005

Four Decades of Color

Pantone looks back at trends in fashion and design from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. There's a palette of popuar colors from each decade.

Posted 11:47 AM

An explanation of colorblindness

hickdesign has a simple, elegant visual example of colorblindness, and a commenter links to the Ishihara Test for Color Blindness.

Posted 11:43 AM

June 29, 2005

Colorblind Barrier Free

Detailed guidelines on "How to make figures and presentations that are friendly to color blind people."

Posted 11:25 AM

June 20, 2005

Color Schemes Galore

The Return of Design has color schemes taken from a variety of sources.

Posted 09:04 AM

August 06, 2003

Colours on the web

Colours on the web is a nice site on color theory and color matching, with a cool Colour Wizard that "will automatically return the complementary colour, split complementary colours, analogous colours, chromatic variations, shade and tint variantion and saturation variation" for hexadecimal colors. Or you can spin the Colour Wheel to get a palette of three colors.

[via Digital Web]

Posted 04:18 PM

July 05, 2003

Color Blender

Eric Meyer's Color Blender is a cool tool that gives you a blended range of up to 10 colors between two colors you specify.

[via Scriptygoddess]

Posted 05:38 PM

April 29, 2003

Essential Colour Checklists

SitePoint's Essential Colour Checklists For Web Design is a nice article on color basics.

Posted 11:16 AM

March 17, 2003

Color toy

Defence Mechanism's Color Toy is a nifty Flash-based color picker.

Posted 11:46 AM

February 22, 2003

Color cube fixed

I fixed the DHTML trouble with the color cube so toggling the layers works in Mozilla and Netscape. Thanks to Craig Saila for pointing this out.

Posted 11:25 AM

February 19, 2003

CSS Color Module

The W3C released the final working draft of the CSS3 color module on Valentine's Day. There's some interesting stuff: specs for opacity and transparency, and the ability to specify HSL values, which are more intuitive than RGB.

Posted 06:37 AM

February 13, 2003

Good news, bad news

The good news: moreCrayons got a nice mention on Craig Saila's excellent Living Can Kill You weblog.

The bad news: there are some DHTML problems with the color cube in Mozilla I didn't know about. I'll have to fix them.

If you have any bugs to report or suggestions for improvements, please use the contact form to let me know.

Update: This is fixed now.

Posted 10:49 AM

February 11, 2003

Color and balance

Usability News takes A Look at Color and Balance.

Posted 09:38 AM

January 23, 2003

Color Consultant Pro

Color Consultant Pro is a cool software application for Mac OS 9 and OS X that features artistic and scientific color wheels and provides RGB, HSB, LAB, CMYK and hex color values.

[via What Do I Know]

Posted 12:12 PM

January 17, 2003

Color all around

Brainstorms and Raves has links to some very interesting color links, including a Herman Miller white paper on the Experience of Color, and how to pick the right colors for your office and your home.

Posted 05:59 AM

January 14, 2003

Colorblind Web Page Filter

The Colorblind Web Page Filter lets you simulate how your site looks to people who are colorblind. [via DigitalWeb]

Posted 06:39 AM

January 10, 2003


Milo's !usedcolors is a cool bookmarklet that generates a popup window with all of the colors specified in the HTML code and stylesheets. There are some bugs, but it's got a lot of potential. [via web-graphics]

Posted 06:34 AM

January 07, 2003

Color Perception Issues

Color Perception Issues

Posted 10:50 AM

November 30, 2002

"Hey, Blue, how are you?"

Communication Arts' Laurie Rosenwald reviews Mutant Bastard Yucky Colors of the Apocalypse

Posted 12:45 PM

November 19, 2002


moreCrayons is one of HOW magazine's Top Links this month. Woo hoo!

Posted 06:32 PM

October 26, 2002

Triplecode's Munsell Palette

Triplecode's Munsell Palette is a very cool Flash-based color picker based on the Munsell Color System. [via webgraphics]

Posted 04:42 PM

October 23, 2002

Interesting color tools

Markup for Hand Coders has two interesting color selection tools: Palettizer is a "css color contrast picker" and Back to Front Web Color Picker generates CSS code for different tags.

Posted 11:04 AM

October 14, 2002

Creating palettes from photos

Web Page Design for Designers has a nice tutorial on creating a palette from colors in photographs. [via xBlog]

Posted 12:08 PM

October 03, 2002

Cool 6-color palette selector

ColorMatch 5K is a cool online tool. Pick a color you like, and the tool automatically selects six colors that go with it. [via xBlog]

Posted 10:04 AM

September 27, 2002

Don't believe your eyes

This checker shadow illustration is an amazing demonstration of the influence of contrast on color perception. These cool Flash animations are tricky, too. [via MetaFilter],

Posted 10:51 AM

September 10, 2002


Smile Software’s HTMLColorPickerX is a nice HTML color picker for OS X. [via MacNN]

Posted 06:52 AM

September 08, 2002

Crayola Crayons Timeline

FactMonster has a timeline of Crayola Crayons. I'm from the 64-colors box generation. I seem to remember being excited when I got the big box with the sharpener, but according to the timeline it was released several years before I was born. [via jerry kindall]

Posted 12:44 AM

in color

Refac's in color is a cool Flash application that describes color theory with informative graphics and interactive games. [via DesignInteract]

Posted 12:35 AM

September 06, 2002

Communication Arts Interactive

moreCrayons was one of the winners in Communication Arts' Interactive Annual 8. I was surprised and delighted to be one of the winners, and I couldn't have done it without lots of help.

Posted 11:37 AM

April 16, 2002

Web Color KiloChart

Visibone has a cool Web Color KiloChart with interesting arrangements of 1,068 colors for the web. It features "hundreds of...girly pastels and manly earth tones." [via harrumph!]

Posted 08:35 AM

April 05, 2002


Colorfield Digital Media’s Xproof is a promising application for OS 9 and OS X that lets you simulate how colors will look in different environments. It also lets you simulate colorblindness. [via What Do I Know]

Posted 09:51 PM

March 28, 2002

Grayscale Photoshop swatches

New downloadable Photoshop swatch of the grayscale palette.

Posted 12:51 PM

March 26, 2002

New contact form

I added a feedback form on the Contact page.

Posted 12:11 PM

March 23, 2002

Style sheet changes

I made some changes to the style sheets and PHP templates to fix the display of the top navigation in Internet Explorer 5 on Windows 98. The fixes look OK in Internet Explorer 6 (Windows 98) and Internet Explorer 5.1 (OS X).

Posted 12:44 PM

March 21, 2002

Relaunching in fits and starts

It's been an exciting and hectic week at moreCrayons. Jeffrey Zeldman mentioned the site on Tuesday, followed quickly by glish.com. Then there was a discussion at MetaFilter.

All this was a wee bit premature, since I'm still fixing things up from the redesign. I just finished installing and configuring Moveable Type version 2.0, which was just released yesterday. It's excellent software for managing weblogs.

Posted 10:14 AM