I think the proposed colour scheme looks good! Might just be me being nitpicky, but the three first colours have a nice gradient to them, while the three last colours are very distinct. Not sure how I’d ‘solve’ that, though.
I think the current colors are fine, but if you’re trying to make the colors more along a gradient I would put them into 2-3 distinct groups, where there’s a gradient within each group, but the color scheme between each group is very distinct. The newly proposed N5, N4, and N3 would fit into this style as a group in the blue/green scheme, but N2, N1, and N1+ don’t fit together with the purple/red/black proposal.
Honestly, red is borderline gradient with purple too. Could just add a yellow or something before green and then shift everything down one, removing the black color.
Shouldn’t be a problem since the difficulty numbers are always included along with the colors, but it is kind of funny that green and red are opposites in terms of difficulty with the new proposal.
I’d recommend against a toggle since the colors become a kind of branding over time. You want people to be on the same page as much as possible. And perhaps brandon will want to add forum badges at some point that make use of the levels/colors in some way.
You read my mind @seanblue . I do want avatars sometime soon (need a user preference) and I do like the colors becoming ‘entrenched’. I forget who but someone mentioned the ‘purples’ as a reference to the books from 20-26, so already being used that way.
I’d love to do that wrt colorblindness, but doesn’t making a colorblind accessible palette invalidate the notion of a gradient like the proposal?
At least, the palettes they show on that page don’t feel like gradients. If that’s wrong, would love if someone showed something specific via creating something on that site
Like @seanblue says, there are numbers here… however I do also use that color scheme for statistics as well and maybe other things. I think it’s all labelled so far.
Honestly the proposed scheme doesn’t fit my concept of a gradient either. To me a gradient is the same color family slowly getting darker/lighter, or shifting through the rainbow. There are too few colors for the latter to be really “gradient” and it just becomes “rainbow” to me, which the palettes worked for.
A light/dark gradient should be color blind friendly though!