September 10, 2003
Well that looks like crap
No, I don't like it, but I am too tired to futz with this thing any more tonight. The background image is okay, but I am really dissatisfied with this color scheme. I hate "web safe" colors.
Posted by Andrea Harris at September 10, 2003 01:27 AM
Screw "Web-safe" colors. They might have mattered when people were lucky to have 8-bit display cards that could reproduce 256 colors. Now that 24-bit (colors in the millions) is the norm, there's little reason to honor this, um, tradition.
None of my colors are websafe. (Well, except for the black text) I only got one complaint, that the background was black on IE/Mac so I changed just one digit, from FAF0E6 to F9F0E6 and that fixed the problem.
I like this color chart and this one. Maybe if you look at them you will get inspired.
Andrea, if you're interested, Taz at citrusmoon.net linked to a couple of really great color tools a while back. One of them will suggest a palette based on any color you pick from a slider. It's addicting. Another lets you drag and drop colors onto a sample web page (click on the lower right-hand icon), so you can experiment with a jillion color schemes in the time it would normally take to test just one. Plus if you're feeling uninspired, just drag randomly and see what you come up with.
And I agree with CGH. Web-safe colors are for designers worried about offending the sensibilities of those visitors still chugging along on a 486. If you're that kind of designer, I'll eat my Pantone color guide.