NerdWallet uses color to communicate how things function throughout the entire experience. Color should always be used in meaningful and intentional ways in order to create patterns and visual cues.
- Colors should focus attention to what matters most on the page
- Colors should be consistent among similar interactions
We evaluate the accessibility rating of our color palette using WCAG's 2.0 guidelines for contrast accessibility . All of the colors in our palette are evaluated at a text size of
13px and normal font weight (
type-1) against a white background using this tool . Accessibility can vary depending on size and weight, so reach out on #currency if you have a use case you’d like us to evaluate. For more context, the Web Content Accessibility Initiative defines contrast accessibility as having a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1.
This tool allows you to select a foreground and background color to determine if that particular combination meets the WCAG's contrast guidelines.
Want a quick way to check if any two colors are an accessible combination? Check out the Colour Contrast Checker Chrome extension.
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