My girlfriend works for a state-funded company and was the lead on the re-design of their website. They already had a developer lined up, but his design skills were not on-par with what they had in mind. As a web designer, I was naturally my girlfriend’s first selection…
Ian Storm Taylor: When you put pure black next to a set of meticulously picked colors, the black overpowers everything else. It stands out because it’s not natural. All of the ‘black’ everyday objects around you have some amount of light bouncing off of them, which means they aren’t black, they’re dark gray. And that light probably has a tint to it, so they’re not even dark gray, they’re colored-dark gray…. Bottom line is: when you find #000000 in your color picker, ask yourself if you really want pure black. You’re probably better off with something more natural. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try staying away from the left edge of the color picker altogether. This is one of those things experienced web designers do without thought, whereas newcomers tend to choose blacks at the absolute end of the spectrum. You’ll notice the type on this site, for example, isn’t #000—it’s #222. Background colors in light-on-dark designs, such as DesignersMX, are also a shade or two above pure black. Sage advice.
LOL! - The [REAL] Current State of Web Design
The text before the link in the tweet said “Web Design Trends 2010” and since I’m in the field, I clicked. I had to laugh out loud when I saw the title along with this view (15” mbp)…
Paris, 8pm: OFFICIAL - FRANCOIS HOLLANDE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF FRANCE
Becomes first Socialist President since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1988.
52% of the vote to Sarko’s 48%. He’s the first incumbent in France in three decades to not win re-election and the ninth eurozone leader to fall in two years.
Extras, for anybody interested: Hollande’s election team has/had a Tumblr, for the French speakers on here. Also, earlier this week I wrote about the far-right’s role in French politics this election. Hollande may have won, but we haven’t seen the last of Le Pen and the Front National this year…
Did you know? Today marks 88 years since the very first Winter Olympics.
Here’s a flashback to a classic 1960 LIFE photo essay — The 1960 games were notable on a number of levels. It was the first time an “Olympic Village” was built to house the athletes (largely because the location was so remote and undeveloped that there was little there before the games; Squaw Valley remains the smallest place in the world to ever host an Olympics). The U.S. men’s hockey team won gold over powerhouse Canadian, Russian, Sweden, and Czechoslovakian squads. And none other than Walt Disney was the games’ “Head of Pageantry.”
(see more — Winter Olympics 1960)