iPhone Browser Simulator

I have created a simple Simulator for the iPhone Safari (TestiPhone.com) web browser. You can use this to test you Web Applications and see how they might look in the Safari web browser included with the iPhone. I have tested this using IE7, FireFox2 and Safari 3 within Windows. The beautiful graphics come from the […]

What your colors say about your site

While in designing a website you should not rely on color alone, it does help to know what the colors you choose are saying. Why does Google use 4 colors in their logo while Yahoo only uses red? Why did JetBlue choose this color as opposed to JetGreen or JetRed?

Do you know the meaning of colors? For example while blue is a male color portraying peace and sadness, green can portray newness. Color Psychology shows us what colors brings out what moods, emotions, and appetites. There are even tests that can analyze you based on color preferences. There is the belief that different cultures have completely different interpretations of color and no universal psychological reaction to a specific color exists. For example, death is symbolized by black in most Western cultures and by white in many Eastern cultures.

Various display devices also handle colors differently. CRT, LCD and a Phone screens, PCs and Macs, all have unique color rendering characteristics. To be complete also correct for color blindness. Sim Daltonism is a small yet powerful free OSX app to test your website for color blindness. It comes with 8 different filters to simulate everything ranging from partial to complete color blindness.

Apple Skins

From the User Experience documentation for Apple Developers:

You should not use a brushed metal window if your application: * Is a multi-window application for example, Interface Builder * Is a document-based application – for example, TextEdit Use the brushed metal window look for the primary application window and other windows that meet the above criteria – for example, the Equalizer window in iTunes. Don't use it for supporting windows, such as preferences and other dialogs. It is acceptable to have a mix of standard Aqua windows and brushed metal windows within an application, as the Finder does.

Now I know why my mac doesn't have a way to change the skin of all apps globally. XP has this figured out pretty well and gives itself a uniform look across. In OSX I have to deal with each app and each window in each app having it's own set of skins, brushed metal, round corners, square corners, and burnt metal now with the new iTunes. Sure I guess It's great that I can tell mail from safari by seeing a different skin. But really I hope to see per application skin support built natively into all tiger apps going forward, as there is currently for language support. Can you imagine if each app was forced to a specific language?