I’m Back…

Well, I have decided to bring the ColorWerx site back online…obviously, with a new look-and-feel, but will eventually have some additional changes as well.

You’ll notice that the color swatches for the Pro Team Colors and College Colors & Nicknames sections aren’t working – I’ve been contemplating how to best display them, and don’t have a good answer as of yet. I will however, start providing HTML values instead of color descriptions (or Pantone values, in the case of a couple leagues and collegiate information). I will more than likely begin putting a few leagues and schools back up using the old method of generating individual swatch reports (over 11,000!), but it will take quite a bit of time to get all of them up in this format.

I would LOVE to have the ability to provide all of this in a searchable database format instead of generating thousands of individual reports, but am stuck on exactly how to do this. As you’ll see described in the new FAQ page, I already have all of this information stored in a series of relational databases, but am unclear how that can potentially translate to a WordPress site. I am open to any and all ideas.

I am also working a number of “big picture” initiatives for the data I’ve collected; I hope to have some of these plans fleshed out a bit in the near future and will share my vision when I can.

Please take a look around, tell me what you like or don’t like; I’ll be tweaking the design quite a bit in the next few days or so, and will also continue working on the presentation of the color data. I’ll also be continuing a couple of other projects, including the NFL Jersey Number Countdown (if you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know what this is), along with similar projects for the NHL and NBA.

4 comments

  1. Thank you so much for bringing the site back! The new version looks pretty slick.

    A searchable database would be amazing if you can swing it. Hopefully you can figure something out.

    All the best.

    • ColorWerx

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      I am hard at work trying to figure out some things that would REALLY make this thing cool. I see I have a bit of competition out there now…need to step up my game.

  2. Well…here’s a thought. If you have a “searchable” database, you could make it work something like a pay-for-play kind of deal. What I mean is this. If the user only wants 1 color set for 1 team, maybe you could have the single page work by a series of scroll-out menus (i.e., NFL scrolls out AFC, which scrolls out East, which scrolls out the 4 teams and the user hovers and clicks to get the one they want to display). This puts a cookie on the PC behind the scenes where you can only select 3 or 4 from a given league in a given day. But, if the user wants to become a “power user” (different cookie), they can pay a fee (and get a “pass code”) and get a report for an entire NCAA conference or an entire sports league in one report. This gives you a way to regulate flow, and generate cash flow all in one site. /// Just a question – are the HTML hex codes on your outputs going to be the color-corrected values, or the league-approved/team-specified values? // Great work as always! I appreciate all you contribute to the world of color.

    • ColorWerx

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      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. Right now, I’m moving towards a PHP/jQuery/MySQL type of architecture; as I continue my research, I’ll be able to elaborate what my intentions are a bit more clearly.

      Not sure about the payment structure; my bigger plans for the data might constitute some sort of secure/subscription model, but I might make the RGB/HTML information accessible.

      (There is apparently some competition out there now, but that “other” site doesn’t exactly have a lot of information as of yet, nor is it all that accurate.)

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