You may have noticed that we are in the process of standardizing on the “color chip” display style for categories across Discourse.
This is for a couple reasons. First, the criticism that there is a bit too much color on the page by default, ala Clown Vomit.
Discourse was always intended to be a rainbow system, and the featuring of color in categories was originally intentional. But:
- the block color in categories grew to feel excessive and loud over time
- we are trying to rein in and simplify the core Discourse pages, as I agree that we unfortunately made the layout too complex when we started
- we already began switching to color chip category styles on the
/categoriespage and in a few other areas where we had to as a bunch of categories together in the block color style was visual chaos – it felt increasingly inconsistent to have two “main” visual styles for categories.
Another thing I grew to dislike about the category block color style was that it visually fought with a bunch of other stuff on the page…
- avatars, which are also blocks of color with a letter
- buttons, which are also blocks of color with words
And it was quite noisy in columns, too:
Overall I was very pleased with the category page redesign that de-styled categories down to color chips in 1.1. After using it for a while there, I think it looks so much better overall, and has so many more advantages, that the color chip category style will replace the color block category style everywhere in the 1.2 release.
We have also taken this opportunity to normalize a lot of our category rendering code so if you wanted to style your category badges differently, that should be more possible in the 1.2 release we are working on.