What is your favorite color?

I find that web design is often about the colors that make up the site. But sites are not always made with the designer’s favorite colors. For example, many of the sites I’ve built have blue or red as their base colors. While I like red better than blue, neither is my favorite color.

Instead, I love the color purple. My son will tell you that purple is my favorite color. But purple is not my only favorite color.

I also love dark greens, especially the vivid deep greens of a coniferous forest.

Do you design sites based solely on the color or colors of the theme? Or do you only design sites using your favorite colors?

Share your favorite colors, up to three. If your favorite isn’t listed, why not share in the comments?

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RWD Inspiration – fun effects on mobile and desktop

I love seeing web designers doing fun and interesting things on their sites. But the ones that I really like are the ones that reflect the theme of the page or article. This is the kind of RWD inspiration I look for every day.

This is an article about lead poisoning which is a serious issue. But serious issues are hard to read, because who wants to read a depressing article? The Seattle Times web team decided to dress it up a bit with some fun features.

On the desktop version the pull quotes fully appear when you mouse over them and the headline gets completely revealed when the mouse runs over it. But I had the most fun on my iPad when I viewed this page. There, when you tap the screen fingerprints appear and slowly fade away.

You may not think this is an example of responsive design, because the layout doesn’t change on the iPad from the desktop, but it is. This design responds to the fact that on an iPad, you are tapping the screen with your fingers—a mouse click wouldn’t make a fingerprint!