Hot Dog Experiment

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Hot Dog Experiment

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I thought I'd try my hand at creating a new style. My skills are weak in this area, and I don't have a lot of tools to work with, but I managed to come up with a design that I can live with for a while. The new style is called Hot Dog, and you are all welcome to test it out. Your comments and suggestions will be graciously received.

If we like this one enough to keep it, I'll need some suggestions regarding a style to be removed from our list. Oh, and just one word of caution. You might want to put on your sun glasses before you check out the new style :biggrin:
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Post by bermbits »

I have crimson. I tried hot dog - it lasted about 30 seconds - I found it harsh with a difficult contrast between the red and blue. I am one person. Let's see what others think.

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Post by Yogi »

I'm leaning in the same direction regarding the text to background contrast ratio. Maybe I can do something to improve that.
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Post by Rusty »

10/10 for your skills but it is too bright for me.I personally prefer softer colours.
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Post by bea »

i tried it but i'm not keen. it was too bright and 'blocky' for my taste. its holiday red for ever!

good effort though :biggrin:
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Post by Makinamess »

I found the red and the blue in similar proportions too much of a contrast as they were of very different tones - they were fighting each other and hence jarring on my eyes, whereas a little of each with say a soft yellow background might have worked. I find the easiest combination to be a set of colours that are the same basic colour (eg blue) but range from a darkish blue for the background to any white text, with a mid tone colour (say sky blue) with text in dark blue and also a very pale shade (say white with a hint of blue) again with text in dark blue. These seem to complement each other and are easy on the eyes.

You might like to have a look at <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/colour_index.shtml">this website</a>. I know it's about decorating a room in a home and not a website but the principles are still the same. :) I would love to have a go at designing a colour scheme - would that be possible ? My friends tell me I have a real eye for colour btw.

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Post by ohlia »

It's nice but too hot for me, my eyes are so used to the softblue I could hardly recognize anything. Maybe if it's toned down some, especially the red it might make a difference. Thanks Yogi! :woot:
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Post by haysi »

oh ooooooooooo

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but well erm designed..
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Post by pilvikki »

you know me and colours, i'm using deb's screaming red. but that was decidedly too loud even for me.

yikes.

nice of you to try new stuff though, thank you!
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Post by Bedford »

Yogi, you may one to go to the eye doctor and check to see if you are colorblind now. :biggrin:
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Post by Valleysailor »

I like it!! I really, REALLY like it...it's easy to read, the colors contrast nicely and it looks cheerful! I'm keeping the hot dog.
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Post by Yogi »

Thanks for the good feedback VS.

In all fairness, however, I must say that you are seeing something the others have not. I changed the color scheme just this morning so that the red is now more of a rose color. It's more of a warm dog now than a hot dog. Being an experimental style as it is, you might see sudden color changes in the near future. It is close to where I want it, but some subtle things may be forthcoming.
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Post by ohlia »

Yogi, the new and improved Hot Dog looks much nicer.
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Post by bermbits »

Much, much nicer and easier on my eyes. I will leave it up for a while and see if I can get used to it.

One thing I did notice is some subject lines don't show up until the cursor is moved over - then they show up as a green.
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Post by Yogi »

Bermbits:
Methinks you have a browser problem - are you not using IE 7 now?
I don't know why you can't see the titles in the first place, but the green is what you see only when you hover over the link.

So far I have not been able to duplicate that particular problem in any of my browsers :(
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I am using Mozilla - I passed on IE7. I will try with my IE6 and report back.

They look fine now - I think it was in Posts Since Last Visit, but there are none now.
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Post by Yogi »

I'm using Opera to develop the style, but I do check it out periodically in Mozilla and IE. Maybe I'll switch browsers for a while to see if I can figure it out.
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It's back with the Hot Dog title on the Posts Since Last Visit page.
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Post by pilvikki »

it's the yellow that kills me, perhaps dial it down to canary?
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Post by Yogi »

I already have a mustard yellow in there. Not sure how a canary would go with a hot dog, but I'll see what I can do.
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