There’s been a run of tools, articles, and resources about color lately. Please allow me to close a few tabs by rounding them up here for your enjoyment.
Curated colors in context
Happy Hues demonstrates a bunch of color palettes in the context of the site itself. That’s a nice way to do it, because choosing nice colors isn’t enough — it’s all about context. It can go bad, as the Refactoring UI blog demonstrates.
Rob Weychert shows off how he created date-based color schemes (so that every single day of the past 30 years would have a unique color scheme, each day looking slightly different than the day before).
Calculating Color: Dynamic Color Theming with Pure CSS.
calc() in Calculating Color: Dynamic Color Theming with Pure CSS.
We’ve tweeted about color tools a lot. We’ve even threaded them up from time-to-time.
Visualizing Every Pantone Color of the Year
Adam Fuhrer took 20 years of top Pantone colors and matched them with wonderful photos. I love that the photos link to the personal sites of the actual photographers. It weirdly reminds me that you can browse Dribbble by color.
A Handy Sass-Powered Tool for Making Balanced Color Palettes
Stephanie Eckles blogged about using Sass to do math on colors to calculate and graph their luminance, saturation, and lightness, which can give you a by-the-numbers look to see if your color scheme is cohesive or not.
Leonardo is an interactive color palette tool that helps interpolate colors and generate variations based on contrast ratio.
Oooo OOooo I love this one too that made the rounds recently:
A few additional links that I really enjoyed:
Designing accessible color systems – Stripe
Re-approaching Color – Lyft
Leonardo: an open source contrast-based color generator – introductory post by Nate Baldwin
Perceptually uniform color spaces – by Rune Madsen – and the whole color section