My Favorite Web Design / Development extensions / sites

Below you’ll find some of my favorite websites and extensions that I’ve used for web design / development but I’ve love to hear what are some of your favorite websites, software, extensions, and add-ons that you use for Web Design / Development? Reply to this post with your favorites!

Websites:
X-Rite

Chrome Web Extensions:

  • Rescue Time
    • Tracks the time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome, or your ChromeOS device. This gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day, to better manage your digital life.
    • Click Here
  • CSS Viewer
  • Blue Button
    • Get an index of building blocks from any webpage, instantly. See title tags & meta description, scripts, stylesheets, images & fonts
    • Click Here
  • ColorZilla
    • Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies
    • Click Here
  • Page Ruler
    • Draw a ruler to get pixel dimensions and positioning, and measure elements on any web page
    • Click Here
  • Web Developer
    • Adds a toolbar button with various web developer tools. The official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox
    • Click Here
  • Window Resizer
    • Resize browser window to emulate various screen resolutions
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Web Clipper
    • Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
    • Click Here
  • LastPass
    • password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Clearly
    • makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read anywhere.
    • Click Here
  • Disconnect
    • lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
    • Click Here

FireFox Web Extensions:

Software:

  • Adobe Brackets
  • Sublime Text
    • Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
      You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
    • http://www.sublimetext.com/

Color Blindness

Am I color blind? If so, what does that mean?

Color Blindness Test ResultsAfter my post about the X-Rite Color Deficiency test was so popular I thought I’d do a little more research into the matter. What I found was interesting to say the least. For example, if you are color deficient there are a few job that you cannot have such as a police officer or pilot. Did you know that in some European countries you can not have a driver’s licenses if you are color deficient due to the color coding of lights and signs. I’ve never thought about it but I could see why someone who is color deficient would not be able to be an electrician as well! Another job that came up in my research was Baggage Handler as there are some tagging systems that use color coding. (for more info) A few others that came up in my research were the Army, if you have red/green colour blindness; Custom & Excise Officer;  Civil Aviation: pilots (although this may change), engineers, technical and maintenance staff, air traffic controllers; Railways: drivers, engineers and maintenance staff; Hospital laboratory technicians and pharmacists; Paint, paper, textile manufacture, photography and fine art reproduction. One source cited the difficulties of being a chef if you are color deficient as you may not know if you are cooking the product correctly or if the product is good to begin with. That being said I know other people who are color deficient but lead successful careers in designers, illustrators, apparel designers, etc. There are tons of resources out there and I found out that there might be a cure in the near future!

Example of the Ishihara Color Blindness Test

Here’s an example of the Ishihara Color Test for Color Blindness. You should see the “12” in the top image and an “8” in the bottom image.

So, the question that people have is, Am I color Blind? The fact of the matter is that it is extremely rare that someone would be completely “color blind”, meaning that they only see in black/white. The truth is that people who are labeled as “color blind” are merely “color deficient” to a degree. According to the ColorVisionTesting.com website about 5%-8% of males are born with some sort of color deficiency as apposed to only 0.5% of woman are born with some sort of color deficiency.

Do you think you are color deficient? Here are a few places to go to test yourself. (computer nerd alert: of course the results might vary depending on the calibration of your monitor)

As a designer and a teacher of designers, I know that most people do not take into consideration the color deficient of the world. While working on a design if you want to double check your work to see how someone who is color deficient might see your designs/photos you can check our the Coblis — Color Blindness Simulator. Simply upload your image and take a look!

You also might want to take a look at Adobe’s Color Website! This is not only a wonderful resource for the color deficient but for the person who is not so great at matching or coming up with color schemes!

Adobe Kuler / Color

Adobe Kuler / Color

A couple of great resources that I found are ColorBlindnessAwareness.org and  ColourBlindness.com websites!

If you decide to take any of the tests and/or if you know you are color deficient, I would love to hear thoughts by commenting below!

Do you have any color vision deficiencies?

xrite hue test

xrite hue test

Did you know that 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency? Interesting thought I know. Take the online color challenge, based on the official FM100 Hue Test by X-Rite. Reply to the post and let us know how you did. I scored an 8 🙂

http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77&Lang=en

X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The Company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical.

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For more information about color deficiencies check out http:// http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/humanvisionintro.html