The personal website of Chris Coyier

Black White and Gray

Some things seem like they should be black and white (true or false, correct or incorrect, good or bad). Politics seems like one of them to me. Will this thing we are deciding on help or hurt the people? It may be hard to tell, but if we really look at the facts the answer should clarify itself. But of course it’s not. Politics (the real politics, behind the mascarade) is full of gray.

Then there are things that seem like they should be completely gray. Like art and music. One person may think it’s good, another may not. “Subjective.” But I don’t think so. I think these things are more black and white. Art is either good or bad. Same with design. Same with music. You may not enjoy listening to a shred metal song, but it’s not bad because it’s shred metal. There are objectively good and bad shred metal songs. There are objectively good and bad charcoal drawings. There are objectively good and bad website designs.