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A Stark Difference

Issue No. 75

Hey there friends,

We hope you're staying safe and healthy during these really unsettling times. In hopes of keeping your minds occupied while we self-isolate, here are our recommended reads of the week.

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Around the web


Why we all need to be using colour contrast checkers

"The most interesting thing about colour contrast is that you really can’t detect it with the naked eye, even if you (think) you have perfect colour perception vision.

Yes, it’s easy to see that the white on yellow above should get someone fired, however there are lots of combinations that aren’t as easy to test with the naked eye alone. You could easily assume (never assume) that the palette you are working with is accessible because you can see it.

Newsflash: you are not the user."


Designers should avoid using dark black typography—but which dark gray should we use?

“Everyone had the file open on their screens, and looked at the text as we modify the HSL values of the darkest gray. We started with the Lightness and decreased it incrementally.

It did not take long, only 5 increments, from HSL 0,0,10 to HSL 0,0,15, and BOOM, the letters stopped moving on her screen. We finally had our candidate winner primary dark gray for text.”


Who decides how disabilities are represented in stock photography?

“As accessibility and disability inclusion are important to me, I’ve noticed that it is not easy to find stock photos which represent disabilities. This is problematic in three main ways. Overall, disability is just not represented enough. Second, disability photos tend to make stereotypical assumptions and third, there is a lack of actual disabled individuals being used in the photography.”

Aside from this article shedding light on the lack of representation for disabilities in stock photography, it includes a list of resources where you can find and use exactly that. 

It's such a relief to see these photos—making it so much more real and easier to use photography that is actually representative of people in our community, our users, teammates and more.


Nintendo explains philosophy behind Animal Crossing’s big changes, such as gender expression and terraforming

“New Horizons’s flexible nature extends to character customization, too. Clothing items and hairstyles aren’t restricted by gender, giving players more options on how to represent themselves in the game. This level of fine-tuning your character is “not just about gender,” Kyogoku said, but relates to the team’s overall feeling that “society is shifting to valuing a lot of people’s different identities.”

From Stark

🖤 Community love of the week 

"How have I only just come across @getstarkco looks like a fantastic @sketch plugin, testing colour blindness and colour contrast instantly on designs, great idea 👏 #sketch #stark"

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