A little design experiment: semantic hexadecimal color codes.

(Digital. Aug 9, 2012)

Quick Guide to Hexadecimal Color Code

Hex color codes are seen in this formatting (example color)

#ae129a

no more and no less than six digits

It makes little to no sense, you have no idea what these numbers mean at all? WHY ARE THERE LETTERS IN THERE? It’s actually, it works in a more simple than it seems, think of it as the RGB color code/format.

You can take hexadecimal codes apart into Red Green and Blue sections too; the first two characters after the pound/hashtag are Red, the second two are Green, and the last two are Blue.

if we take apart the example hex code this way we can separate them easily into categories:

Red: a e

Green: 1 2

Blue: 9 a

But wait.. how does this make it LESS confusing?

You know how each color value numeral can range from 0 to 255? 0 being the darkest and 255 being the brightest, the same thing applies in this hex code, though it’s formatted a funny way and you’ll have to do some math. The reason why hexadecimal codes have letters in them is because there is no more single digit numbers after 9, yet you still have to be able to reach the number 255 in one color to unveil all the colors using hex. If 10 were inputted the computer would read it as 1 and 0 which is a VERY low number, it can easily mess up the hexadecimal format considering it only fits 6 digits.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 a b c d e f

these are all the characters that are valid in hexadecimal. You can probably guess the values of the letters already, but if you don’t, or if you want to skip through this fast:

a=10 b=11 c=12 d=13 e=14 f=15

Last part is how we add it up, you might need to grab a scrap piece of paper or calculator if you don’t know the multiples of 16 off the top of your head.

for each paired section you multiply the first number by 16 and you add it with the second number (which is multiplied by one but it doesn’t really matter all too much).

So the math may end up looking like this:

Red: (16x10) + (1x14) = 174

Green: (16x1) + (1x2) = 18

Blue: (16x9) + (1x10) = 154

(this is why the highest hex number can be 15(f), because [(16x15) + 15= 225])

So by seeing their values you can tell that this color has a very low tint in green and very high levels of red and blue. It will probably end up purple due to the red and blue levels being so close. It will be a more bright color as well because the numbers are so high.

here is the color:

I hope you understand more about hex colors and find this interesting!

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