Especially the "Aurora" palette, which is made up mostly of colors that are extremely rare to see in auroras. But also the light and dark palettes without any blue in them are way off, and the description of arctic ice as green-ish is weird.
Also the visual contrast between e.g. nord7 and nord8 is extremely poor.
Overall, apart from the lack of contrast, they're not half-bad. But the naming doesn't seem to reflect the colors - it seems rather arbitrary.
But in terms of marketing and positioning a color palette, this is a really superb effort.
The Nordic inspiration and theme, the association of emotions (peace, balance) with colors and color combos ... it's all extremely well done.
Anyone else looking to market this type of work would do well to study it.
Is it just a demonstration of skill?
And really some of the color combinations were just obviously not going to pass.
But I agree it's pretty nice, and the marketing is mad men quality for a color palette.
For example, what should have similar colours and why, what should stand out the most. How far apart do two colours need to be to be effective for the various tasks involved in writing and understanding code and so on. Is there s trial research on this?
I tried to do something link this with a color scheme for VSCode https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=narenran... . Some highlights:
* Warm Colors are used for action keywords - throw, return in programming languages, links in Markdown files.
* Cold colors are used for definitions - Function names, variable values etc.
* Muted neutral colors are used for punctuation, comments, and anything else which detracts from the code.
I've been meaning to write a more detailed post on this
(as well as an update), but comments/feedback welcome!
> is there any existing documentation on syntax colouring that goes beyond "what we thought looked nice"?
Graphic designers and typographers fret about this stuff constantly. There are theories of color which describe how to combine colors in visually effective ways. It's part subjective, part prescriptive and part aesthetic.
Someone could probably put together a large suite of complex experiments to figure out (or re-confirm) some fundamental truths about color when it comes to syntax, and maybe be able to make statistically faint claims about one theme being better than another. But what would one accomplish after all that objective research other than coming up with yet another cool-looking color scheme for folks to select on their IDE drop-downs?
At the end of the day, you the user, has infinite freedom to select from hundreds of thoughtful preconfigured color and font themes, or, optionally compose your own. Isn't that good enough?
Do these palettes take color blindness/accessibility into account? I looked around on the site (admittedly not thoroughly) but didn’t see this addressed.
I don't think they did.
It’s soothing and distinct at the same time. I have everything in this color range. There are few themes with such a wide range of ports. The support is fantastic too! Everything is on github and monitored.
Give it a spin, you won’t regret it!
Coworkers commented on how nice my terminal looked and wanted to replicate it.