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Archives: April 2007

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Spilling Ink (II)

As we’ve written before, we realize how important paper output can be even in this digital age (for example, Dabble DB is the first web application I’ve seen with a full Page Setup dialog box). Based on user feedback, we’ve just done another round of tweaks to our PDF generation: we added darker borders and shading for better legibility, repeated column headings at the top of every page for clarity, and page numbers and the current date for your archives. It’s a small update, but it makes us happy, and hopefully you as well.

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White- (or green, or blue, or yellow) label Dabble

It started when we switched our company email to the new Google Apps service. Seeing the Dabble DB logo on our mail made us so happy that we set about adding custom logos to Dabble. (And hey, it doesn’t hurt that a few customers asked for it too.) Just by looking at the logos from Ismael Ghalimi’s Office 2.0 Database, we knew that we also needed people to be able to pick custom colors to complement their logo. Then someone made a joke: why doesn’t Dabble pick colors automatically when customers upload a logo? Discussing it further, we decided we weren’t joking. Our graphic designer Luke was somewhat doubtful, but we thought it would be a cool feature, so we dove in.

What started out as a simple branding exercise turned into a bit of an adventure in color theory and computer-generated design. If you’re curious, read on to learn a bit about our engineering and design process. If you’re not, then here’s the short and sweet: you can upload a logo and let Dabble choose a color scheme for you, or you can customize your own.

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