Entries tagged “color.”

Colorpeek for Chrome (and on CSS-Tricks)

Hey, remember Colorpeek, my web app for quickly sharing and previewing colors? Well, good news: I just released an accompanying Chrome extension that makes the creation of palettes from text, webpages or images even easier!

I’m honored to announce the extension in an article I wrote for CSS-Tricks, one of my favorite blogs and an indispensable resource for any self-respecting web designer. Stay tuned for Part Two, which will walk through the process of making your own simple Chrome extension. (Update: Part Two is now available!)

And if you use Chrome and dig Colorpeek, try the darn extension already!

Super secret new Colorpeek features

 I’ve been waiting to blog about this till I had a chance to redesign Colorpeek to better communicate these features, but it’s been two weeks and I want to show off. My app, my rules, right? Here we go…

Drag and drop images

You can now drag and drop image files into Colorpeek and watch it magically grab the most prominent colors in supported browsers. This is helpful if you want to start a new palette from existing source imagery, and it’s possible thanks to Lokesh Dhakar’s awesome Color Thief script.

Export palette to various text formats

Let’s say you’ve got a rather attractive palette all ready to go, but you don’t want to copy and paste every value individually.

Now you can hit the share button and choose “Export.” You can copy the values in a few different formats: Plain text, JSON, LESS, SCSS or Stylus. Let me know if I’m missing a format you’d like!

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I bumped Knockout to version 2.3.0 and updated the brand color keywords.

Wait, why are you still reading this? Go try it already!

Meet Colorpeek, a simple way to share and preview colors

When Tim Sears and I were almost done making Lotsa Blocks, we decided it might be fun to change the color of the blocks for seasonal holidays. Christmas blocks would be red and green, halloween blocks black and orange, etc.

Once I finished designing one of these color palettes in Illustrator, I had to send it to Tim. So I did what a lot of designers do: I threw together an image showing the colors and their corresponding hex values.

This worked fine, but the process was tedious for me to create and for Tim to reference (especially when he needed to convert them to RGB notation). I wanted a way to quickly and easily share colors without numerous steps, ongoing maintenance or even account creation.

I found a lot of great color-related apps (COLOURlovers, Palettee, color.hailpixel.com), but none that did exactly what I wanted.

So I made one. It’s called Colorpeek.

Now I can send Tim a link to the colors I want: colorpeek.com/#a899f2,dd4e85,4dc45e,6da7e8

And if he needs RGB, it’s as easy as tapping or clicking the cog icon and changing the notation.

 Colorpeek will accept just about any CSS color value, including hex (triplet or shorthand), RGB, RGBA, HSL and HSLA. It will convert color keywords like indigo or lightslategray to hex. It also supports many brand colors as keywords, so you can easily add facebook, android or wordpressorange to your palettes.

This being a 1.0 release, I tried hard to include only features I find to be critical. I hope to add more things from my list of “wants” to future iterations (copy to clipboard, transitions/animations, color picker, color editing, palette export options, to name a few).

If you have ideas for making Colorpeek better while retaining its simplicity, please let me know.

I want to thank Marc Roman for designing the Colorpeek logo, Erik Jung for helping me learn Knockout, my Cloud Four teammates for their support, encouragement and access to the device lab, and everyone who offered feedback or advice for my little side project.

You can follow me and/or @Colorpeek on Twitter for updates.

In defense of blue

Blue is overused. I know it. So do many iPhone users, furrowing their brow as they search just a moment too long for that one blue app icon in a sea of blue app icons.

Some artists and designers shy away from it for this reason. My buddy Calvin Ross Carl may be one of them:

Being a designer by day, it is easy to become bored with the overuse of blue by big corporations and other businesses. Blue is the color of boredom. No one is ever offended by it.

I mostly agree. Yet I’ve always loved it. My bedroom in high school had light blue walls with dark blue vinyl ellipses tumbling from the furthest corner. Every iteration of tylersticka.com has featured blue prominently.

Why? Because of the boredom neutrality Calvin alluded to. Red’s bombastic, passionate, angry and dangerous. Yellow can turn from bright to bed-ridden on a dime. Green and purple dilute blue’s neutrality with their warmer cousins’ emotional baggage.

But blue’s just blue, man. 100% cool, through and through. It’s the gray of the color wheel. You can indulge your latent monochromatic impulses without foregoing that seductive splash of color.

Blue won’t judge. Blue’s a pal.