Subtitle: How designers learned a favorite trick of food industry and why they should stop abusing it
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How do you make any design better? Just add sugar to it. Visual sugar.
What is visual sugar? Visual sugar is any visual decorative element. The most common types of visual sugar are icons, gradients, shadows, textures, motion etc.
Designers sometimes use them in a meaningless and excessive way to make their designs feel nicer. The word ‘meaningless’ is key here. There’s nothing wrong with any of these per se, it’s just that they are used to sweeten otherwise flavorless and meaningless designs.
Here’s a good example of a media outcome infographic. It’s concise, well researched and presented in an interesting and informative way. (It will open into a full size version.)
This isn’t really a color picker but it is a very useable resource.
Testing web design is challenging, nut-cracking and back breaking! Here’s a rundown of current practice.
There are a lot of color scheme pickers out there. Which do you think is the best?
paletton.com allows for some very subtle nuancing.
Adobe Color CC automatically suggests a color scheme based on an image you upload. It also has a color wheel you can tweek.
Some other ones:
Google Color Palette
Flat UI Colors
Flat UI Color Picker