Color Schemer and other online color palette tools

I’ve been using Color Schemer for several years. It’s a simple tool that allows you to find complementary and harmonious colors for your web site. I didn’t have the bookmark on this computer and did a search for it. Openmodo has a great collection of online color palette tools. When you need to choose a color, let these tools help you out.

Before you let an anonymous color generator determine your web site’s look and feel, you should take some time to learn about color theory. The authoritative book on the subject is The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten, of the Bauhaus School. While this book is small and fairly expensive, the knowledge you’ll gain will make it a worthwhile investment. You could also find it at your local library.

Stickies – control your to-do lists

We’ve all got our to-do lists. We’ve all got our mountain of post-it notes. We’ve all wished we could replace the mountain of paper with something easier. Stickies is almost too good to be true. It’s a very simple program that allows you to keep virtual post-it notes on your desktop. It’s there when you need it, hidden when you don’t. It’s small and spyware free. Heck, it’s even free.

I’m getting ready to do some CSS trouble shooting on a site. The first step is to create my to-do list in Stickie. A tree in Canada will thank me for using a virtual note instead of the paper variety.

Hedger Wang is God! – well a guru at least.

Hedger Wang responded to my desperate plea for help on the z-index issue with a simple test page on his blog with an ingenious iframe solution. How people imagine these solutions is simply beyond me. So, then I started going through his blog and was blown away by his tests and solutions. CSS, JS, AJAX, you name it, this is a goldmine on info.

Icon Buffet – Free icons with a twist

Icon Buffet has begun releasing free sets of icons to the masses. It’s these same masses, you and I, that have the power to distribute these little bundles of goodness. You see, each person is assigned a set of icons, I have the Shanghai set. You then trade these sets with your buddies.

So, if you really want another set, for instance the Marseilles Cafe set, you arrange to share your icons with your Marseilles laden buddy. That being said. If anyone has the Marseilles Cafe or Taipei Plastic Primates and would like to trade, leave a comment. Or, if anyone needs the Shanghai set, do the same.

I now have the following sets available for trade:

  • Shanghai Tech
  • Maseilles Cafe
  • Oslo Atmosphere
  • Durango Research