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Hey,

How do you feel about using grey text for copy? I love grey for its neutral
presence and ability to downplay something and give a clear and crisp look
to the overall design of a site but at the same time, it's hard to read or
take notice of. One to some words seem to be OK but blocks of grey text
seem to be difficult to read and I have 20/20 eyesight.

I have seen a few upscale home designer sites using this technique. i.e.
martha stewart or the pottery barn.

Thoughts?

Isabelle
http://www.is.visisoul.com
Jul 20 '05 #1
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"Isabelle" <is****************@REMOVEZETHECAPSis.visisoul.com .invalid> wrote
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Hey,

How do you feel about using grey text for copy? I love grey for its neutral presence and ability to downplay something and give a clear and crisp look
to the overall design of a site but at the same time, it's hard to read or
take notice of. One to some words seem to be OK but blocks of grey text
seem to be difficult to read and I have 20/20 eyesight.

I have seen a few upscale home designer sites using this technique. i.e.
martha stewart or the pottery barn.


I like grey text, when done in appropriate design setting. Obviously, if
you go too grey it gets hard to read...but done in a decent shade, it can
make a site look really classy.

I've used it twice on sites I designed...one was for an upscale doll
'hospital' and one was for a flower shop.

--Tina

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Jul 20 '05 #2

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I like grey text -- sometimes black is just too *hard*, in contrast to the
rest of the design. Just be careful you don't go too light. I like 666666
and 333333.

Carol

"Isabelle" <is****************@REMOVEZETHECAPSis.visisoul.com .invalid> wrote
in message news:i4********************@news20.bellglobal.com. ..
Hey,

How do you feel about using grey text for copy? I love grey for its neutral presence and ability to downplay something and give a clear and crisp look
to the overall design of a site but at the same time, it's hard to read or
take notice of. One to some words seem to be OK but blocks of grey text
seem to be difficult to read and I have 20/20 eyesight.

I have seen a few upscale home designer sites using this technique. i.e.
martha stewart or the pottery barn.

Thoughts?

Isabelle
http://www.is.visisoul.com

Jul 20 '05 #3

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"Isabelle" <is****************@REMOVEZETHECAPSis.visisoul.com .invalid> wrote
in message news:i4********************@news20.bellglobal.com. ..
Hey,

How do you feel about using grey text for copy? I love grey for its neutral presence and ability to downplay something and give a clear and crisp look
to the overall design of a site but at the same time, it's hard to read or
take notice of. One to some words seem to be OK but blocks of grey text
seem to be difficult to read and I have 20/20 eyesight.

I have seen a few upscale home designer sites using this technique. i.e.
martha stewart or the pottery barn.

Thoughts?

Check out http://www.juicystudio.com/services/colourcontrast.asp - it sets
some good guidelines for color and background contrast. According to their
guidelines, you need a grey of #585858 or lower to be accessible on a white
background, amd #a7a7a7 on black.
Jul 20 '05 #4

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"Neal" <ne**@spamrcn.com> wrote in message news:3fe9106c$0$4753
(snip)
Check out http://www.juicystudio.com/services/colourcontrast.asp - it sets
some good guidelines for color and background contrast. According to their
guidelines, you need a grey of #585858 or lower to be accessible on a white background, amd #a7a7a7 on black.


Awesome, that's exactly what I needed/wanted to know!!!! merci! I really
think #666666 is best to describe a picture or words which need to be
dehighlighted. I think #666666 is still readable but in large quantities,
such as blocks of copy, it can get tiresome on my eyes.

It seems as if the #585858 and #a7a7a7 is the bare minimum recommendations
as per W3C. Great link - thanks for sharing!

Cheers,

Isabelle
http://www.is.visisoul.com
Jul 20 '05 #5

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"Isabelle" <is****************@REMOVEZETHECAPSis.visisoul.com .invalid> wrote
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Great link - thanks for sharing!


That link was brought to me by this accessibility taskbar for IE -
http://www.nils.org.au/ais/web/resources/toolbar/ - anyone designing for IE
viewers ought to download and install this. That link was posted about a
week ago in c.i.w.a.h.
Jul 20 '05 #6

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"Neal" <ne**@spamrcn.com> wrote in message
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"Isabelle" <is****************@REMOVEZETHECAPSis.visisoul.com .invalid> wrote in message news:u3********************@news20.bellglobal.com. ..

(snip)

Great link - thanks for sharing!
That link was brought to me by this accessibility taskbar for IE -
http://www.nils.org.au/ais/web/resources/toolbar/ - anyone designing for

IE viewers ought to download and install this. That link was posted about a
week ago in c.i.w.a.h.


oh! :) I see it now. I'm still thankful that you pointed me in the exact
direction I needed to go. I may have missed it.

I tell you, I'm such a geek. I must have raved about this toolbar for about
2 hours while my partner (who is also a geek) rolled his eyes about!
haha....

Definately one of the best links I was introduced to this week. It can get
really difficult to keep all the tools at our fingertips and this toolbar
makes things go *that more smoothly*, plus I found a few new things.

Cheers,

Isabelle
http://www.is.visisoul.com
Jul 20 '05 #7

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