• Alex PaxtonAlex Paxton, 5 years ago

    Loved this article the first time I read it, been #000 free ever since

    9 points
  • Tony GinesTony Gines, 5 years ago

    Here's another one on shadows and ambient light: http://rianald.deviantart.com/art/Why-shadows-aren-t-gray-321656856

    9 points
  • Ben LeeBen Lee, 5 years ago

    Rules are meant to be broken.

    8 points
    • Manas VazeManas Vaze, 5 years ago

      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.

      0 points
  • Todd BenningsTodd Bennings, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    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?

    4 points
  • Lucian MarinLucian Marin, 5 years ago

    True black (#000) text on a light silver (#eee) background is more readable than almost black (#333) on white background (#fff).

    3 points
    • Kyle DeckerKyle Decker, 5 years ago


      5 points
    • Ewen McCahonEwen McCahon, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      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.

      1 point
    • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, 5 years ago

      #333 is a bit light for texts. If your purpose is legibility, don't go beyond hsl(0,0%, 15%) (ie. #262626)

      0 points
  • Andy SmithAndy Smith, 5 years ago

    I also absolutely loved this article; once you stop black you never go back!

    2 points
  • Michael DriscollMichael Driscoll, 5 years ago

    everything is the new black anyway

    1 point
  • Cameron MollCameron Moll, 5 years ago

    ...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.)

    1 point
  • Jordan TannerJordan Tanner, 5 years ago

    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.

    0 points
  • mewo a, 5 years ago

    Never say never? make up your own mind where it's appropriate to use black.

    0 points
  • Yves TréhetYves Tréhet, 5 years ago

    I always used rgba(0,0,0,0.7) for basics shadow stuff since I discovered rgba() :p

    0 points
    • Darth BaneDarth Bane, 5 years ago

      Try to always avoid alpha channels in CSS, they bring down performance of a site drastically!

      1 point
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 years ago

      Just for curiosity, what's the advantage of using RGBa over Hex?

      0 points
      • Yves TréhetYves Tréhet, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

        It allow transparency rgba(R,G,B,A) Where RGB = 0 > 255 and A = 0 > 0.5 > 1

        0 points
        • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 years ago

          Ah, of course!

          Do you generally integrate transparency into your color pallettes? Seems to me that can get real messy real quickly.

          0 points
      • Michael DriscollMichael Driscoll, 5 years ago

        the only problem was it didn't work cross-browser....but sooner or later we have to leave IE8 behind.

        0 points
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 5 years ago

    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.

    0 points
  • Earl TapiaEarl Tapia, almost 5 years ago

    Great article. It's something I've never thought of.

    0 points