Color Resources

Color is wild!

You, a baby: just a bit of red, a bit of green and a bit of blue, stand back! I've got this!

Me, an intellectual: hold on a moment kiddo. There's a lot more to it. Perception is not uniform in that color space you're navigating. And different cultures perceive colors differently, our brain-maps are grown individually, in a context of their own, and it all makes a heck of a difference. Color is out of this world! Even if our brains were all aligned, the retina does a lot of work, with color cones of three different kinds, and sometimes less and sometimes more...

And if you understood a single color (which I doubt you ever can)... these things are deployed in sets, called "palettes" and the way the palettes are combined, the theories thereof, can themselves fill if not a book certainly a pamphlett.


color cones

MacAdam diagram

↑ "A MacAdam diagram in the CIE 1931 color space. The ellipses are shown ten times their actual size."

from Wikipedia: Color Difference

Tools/techniques for making visual elements color-blind friendly

Palette Tools

  • Google for "Color picker" and you'll find google includes a proficient color picker tool, including conversion between hex/rgb/cmyk/hsv/hsl
  • Color Brewer — for gradients to use on maps
  • Paletton — good for picking monochromatic, complementary, adjacent, triadic, tetradic and free-style palettes.
  • Adobe color wheel — previously "kuler", redesigned and improved
  • Duotone — Colorize a background
  • Dribbble — with dribbble you can search by color and can see the palette used in an image
  • Hue Test — Drag and drop the colors in each row to arrange them by hue order.

And finally

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