In SUMit HQ, during the last couple of weeks, a lot of graphical work has been done.
|Monday, 12th April 2004
It was amazing for me to peek at a graphical designer at work.
It is still
to me seeing how easy such a graphical designer picks
A job that takes me weeks takes him only a couple of minutes.
Internet roster package
got new colours for the weekends.
- The tabs got new fresh colours too.
- Fonts have changed.
- And the style sheet now defines special rules for the printed version.
- Furthermore a number of quotations with nice graphics left the premises.
I once designed the
Nutty Buggie Wuggie
as a colour pick tool:
|My red, green, blue way of thinking
||The way of thinking of a graphical designer
colours are a hexadecimal code
with red-green-blue values:
A graphic designer has a different view on colours:
- as emotions, associations of colour variations in the whole rainbow spectrum
- Powerful colours versus greyish tints.
- Bright till white and dark till black.
- That tool shows colours
based on my red-green-blue view.
- The many different colours are beautiful, nice to see.
- But the buggie wuggie does not match the view of a graphical designer.
Hm, how do I combine brightness, saturation and the whole rainbow in one single tool?
Drawing tools usually show all colours at once in a colour circle.
That is why I started the design thinking of a 5 segment pie,
It would be cute, but the pie shape is meaningless.
The tints inside a segment would be related, but have little to do with the ones in a adjacent segment.
A colour picking tool does not have to be round.
- 3 segments with shades of red, green and blue.
- 1 segment going from light to dark.
- and one segment from colourful to grey.
A simple table
So, things can be much more simple.
Have a look at one table, with 5 columns for various variations on purple #862490.
Click on the colour that looks most like the one you are looking for.
After about 5 clicks you must have found the perfect tint.
Have fun with it.