Loved this article the first time I read it, been #000 free ever since
Yes! I even bought a 40% grey marker to cut black from my sketches.
That's pretty hardcore!
I know, right??
Here's another one on shadows and ambient light: http://rianald.deviantart.com/art/Why-shadows-aren-t-gray-321656856
It never ceases to amaze me how many gems like this are on DeviantArt.
Very interesting. I'm going to add this to my reading list. Thanks!
Rules are meant to be broken.
THIS. I know its an old article. All the examples given there are of art, that tries(d) to emulate reality. Applying the same rule to interfaces imo is wrong.
I really did enjoy reading this article when it was first published. I understand what he was saying, but I believe there to be a difference when working with devices that emit light versus surfaces that reflect light or pigment.
Much like defining break points, we should use our own discretion when choosing 100% black or 100% white. For readability black on white (or the inverse) isn't ideal because the contrast can be harsh on the eyes, but if you aren't designing for readability (or similar scenario) what's stopping you from using 100% black?
True black (#000) text on a light silver (#eee) background is more readable than almost black (#333) on white background (#fff).
I always find #eee to be too dark for the background, subtle as it may be. I usually go with #030303 text on an #fefefe background. Its not stark white or black, but just soft enough to not hurt.
#333is a bit light for texts. If your purpose is legibility, don't go beyond
I also absolutely loved this article; once you stop black you never go back!
everything is the new black anyway
...except when necessary, and occasionally it is.
Loved the article when originally published, too (http://cameronmoll.tumblr.com/post/29050082224/black), but have intentionally broken this "rule" since then. (Example: background fill behind a semi-transparent image.)
Not so sure about his suggestion of staying away from 'the left edge of the color picker' though... His use of yellow in the grays at Segment.io makes my eyes feel a bit uneasy.
Never say never? make up your own mind where it's appropriate to use black.
I always used rgba(0,0,0,0.7) for basics shadow stuff since I discovered rgba() :p
Try to always avoid alpha channels in CSS, they bring down performance of a site drastically!
Just for curiosity, what's the advantage of using RGBa over Hex?
It allow transparency rgba(R,G,B,A) Where RGB = 0 > 255 and A = 0 > 0.5 > 1
Ah, of course!
Do you generally integrate transparency into your color pallettes? Seems to me that can get real messy real quickly.
the only problem was it didn't work cross-browser....but sooner or later we have to leave IE8 behind.
Nice article and something I have always belived in for print rather than screen (pure process black looks too dull). Saying that because of the advancement in mobile screens I've started to avoid a pure black, as this article says it's too overpowering. One for the bookmarks.
Great article. It's something I've never thought of.