May 1st, 2006


Add More Color Schemes for Site Scheme Pages

Add More Color Schemes for Site Scheme Pages

Short, concise description of idea
Color-shift the existing graphics for XColibur and Dystopia to provide a small number of additional colors: red, orange, yellow, green, purple, etc. Keep the LiveJournal logo the same, which would require some extra work.

Full description of the idea
Shift the color tones of existing XColibur/Dystopia graphics to different web-safe colors (red, orange, yellow, green, purple, etc.). Provide a small list of color schemes and preview graphics for Dystopia and XColibur, linked from the Browse Options page. Many users would like additional colors; limiting color choices to system-chosen, web-safe colors would make sure that the navigation remains legible, and that the LiveJournal Logo remains intact. There could even be a poll for additional color choices beyond the basic light tone/dark tone.

Also, provide some high-contrast color schemes, usable with any site scheme, with different text colors and background colors (light gray background, black text; black background, white text, etc.) This would benefit users with vision problems, but would require more work.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Users could see LiveJournal in their favorite colors.

  • Continued legibility

  • Better accessiblity

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Time to create the additional graphics

  • Additional interface options

  • Users might want to pick their own colors

  • Possibly weakening LiveJournal branding?

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Find graphics and color shift them.

  • Decide on additional high-contrast color schemes, and provide additional CSS files

  • Add more options and preview graphics to the Browse Options page.

  • Optionally, create a poll to see what color combinations people like.

  • Document, announce, etc.