Articles by Steve Ralston

Steve Ralston is a web development professional in Waterloo, IA. You can connect with him on LinkedIn. He has just released his first book, "Pajamas On Your Feet", check it out at

The coder’s guide to finding the perfect color palette

I’m far more of a programmer than a designer. I can deal with hex and RGB color values all day and plug them into my CSS like a champ. I can poke around in Photoshop, take some color samples, tweak them in the palette tool, and come up with pretty colors. But how do I come up with real, usable color schemes? Thankfully, for both the color hack like me and the graphic artist with a more refined eye, we have a large array of color resources available online: tools to help create palettes from scratch or based on an...
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