These Are the Colors that Words Make When Used as Hex Code

Image: Gizmodo
Image: Gizmodo

Hexadecimal format allows us to instruct a computer to display a color using three or six characters. For example, #000 will produce black. But how many words can be created in Hex and what colors do they produce? One intrepid programmer has tackled this problem so that we don’t have to.


On their site #COFFEE IS THE COLOR, an unidentified web designer has used an English dictionary and the basic hex parameters to figure out all the words that can be outputted by hex and the corresponding color.

Strictly speaking, hex only uses the letters ABCDEF, so the word options are quite limited. There are only 19 results, my favorite being “FAD.”

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I just like that one because it reminds me of the thinkpiece fad around the color “millennial pink.” I’m sorry to inform you that this kind of associational link between the word and color is about as good as it gets. The ICE paired with its icy blue in the lead image above is the most explicit coincidence.

Speaking of ICE, that doesn’t fall into the strict definition of hex, so what the heck’s it doing there? That’s where things get more fun. The designer loosened things up by mixing in some leetspeak and allowing numbers to act as letters. This gives us a lot more results—276 if my count is correct. So 0B0157 becomes OBOIST, 5AD157 becomes SADIST, and so on. What’s SADIST look like?

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What does it all mean? Nothing, it means nothing. It’s just kind of neat. And reader, I believe that the internet was made to give us neat things. So peruse the site yourself and satisfy your curiosity. Maybe use it as a mood board, or get a t-shirt made out of your favorite word.

[Coffee is the Color via JWZ]






I don’t want your junk mail either. Guess my time on Kinja is nearing its end. It’s been a fun ride.

There’s ads fighting for my attention and wallet outside at every street corner, in and outside the bus, the metro (even the announcement intercom), on billboards everywhere on the road, on the tv, on the radio, I recieve overwhelmingly more paper spam in my snailmail box than actual letters w/my name on it. There’s ads in the daily papers. I get robocalls and texts trying to sell me shit on my cell. There are ads in most of the Apps we use, eating up our mobile bandwidth, and they turn around and sell our data. My ISP is also selling my internet data so that advertisers can find better ways to insinuate themselves more efficiently every fucking waking second of my life. Every post/like/link from the people I know on facebook is a disguised advertisement, yet people don’t realize they just became advert vehicles themselves, like it’s normal to text everyone you know to tell them that that orange sorbet from Bob’s ice cream is awesome.

Enough is enough. We are not fucking cattle whose sole purpose is to believe in that stupid american dream and consume (IE: get a job, a car and make money so you can buy shit, and make sure you create little future-consumers, send them to school where they will learn that they have to get a job, a car, buy shit and have children too in order to be accepted by their peers so that the cycle can continue).

So in short, no. Fuck you.

/end of rant.