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Remove colour overlay from course cards that have an image

Remove colour overlay from course cards that have an image

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

           

Howdy all,

Firstly I have to say the new course cards image feature is awesome and a great leap forward. I have been using it a bit now and have a small request for a future revision.

 

When a course is given an image for the course card on a user's dashboard, I would really like to see the colour overlay removed (so that the image does not looked washed out with the user selected colour).

 

Ideally, I would love to see this configurable on an account level rather than an individual course level, but that is just from an administrator's perspective.

 

Just to visualise this more, the current behaviour with a couple of different colours:

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200579_canvas_demo_2.pngcanvas_demo_2.png

 

And the ideal/requested behaviour:

200580_canvas_demo_3.pngcanvas_demo_3.png

 

Additional thoughts:

I do realise the colour is important for a few different areas in relation to the course, so perhaps the bottom bar could be extended as a border around the entire card (just as one example).

 

Many thanks  team,

Keep up the awesome work!

 

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-05-13) 

206 Comments
deangelisa
Community Member

If I tell the workaround CANVAS might make another change making the workaround unworkable.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

laurakgibbs, I've seen a custom CSS solution offered at

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, with some caveats (discussed in the comments section under the video). Note that applying this solution does not affect the colors of the courses on the Calendar.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

I'm trying to promote this with faculty, though, and a complicated CSS solution is not a solution if we want for everybody to use it and use it happily. I really hope we will see a solution to this, a solution for everybody. Unlike the situation with javascript-in-Page versus javascript-in-File (where I really appreciated the explanation of why something that looked weird on the surface actually had an underlying reason), I still have not seen anything like an explanation of what is going on here and why. It looks like a real mistake in terms of how the feature was implemented, which is why I hope it will be fixed before too long! Every time I share a screenshot of my dashboard to show how the course cards look my first thought is, "Eeek, that is actually kind of ugly..." which is not a good thought to have.

Shar
Community Champion

Oh Wow! I didn't know these Fast Track videos were even available!! Golly! Thanks stefaniesanders‌ for pointing out this particular video.

laurakgibbs‌, the CSS solution is not so complicated and only requires the change to be made at the account/subaccount level and then it affects all the courses in that account/subaccount. Your friendly neighborhood Canvas admin can do that for you following precisely the steps outlined in the video. Your teachers never even have to know there was a change made.

I plan on asking members of my team if they have heard any comments/pushback/complaints about the color overlay on the course cards in a web browser. I actually don't mind the color wash so much (or have gotten used to it), I have a series of courses that I've colored in a rainbow so whenever I show my dashboards I get hungry for Skittles candy. Smiley Wink

Cheers - Shar

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

You're welcome, ishar-uw I ❤️ the Fast Track series.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

Hi ishar-uw‌, I'm not sure what it is like at other schools, but we are in the midst of a Canvas rollout and it's very top down, very scripted, very much about the marketing plan. So, I am grateful for the things we can do on our own as faculty in Canvas (I'm just an instructor, not a designer or admin or anything): I can create Canvas development courses to play with, I can participate here in the Community, I can experiment and blog about what I learn, etc etc.. I don't have to ask anybody for permission for any of that! Thank goodness! Maybe when we go to all-Canvas next year (right now it is both Canvas and D2L legacy), then people will relax and have more time to just play with Canvas and experiment. I hope so. 🙂

johnmartin
Community Champion

Lol,  @deangelisa , I understand. This has happened to me several times... 

stuart_ryan
Community Coach
Community Coach

Another temporary workaround for those that were happy to use #FFFFFF is just to use #FFFFFE, close enough to the same effect if you are happy to accept the caveats.

Really looking forward to some sort of feedback from Instructure on this one.

joseph_ledosque
Community Member

The solution to this issue is fairly simple: Just move the color bar to the right hand side underneath the "edit" icon. This way the color doesn't interfere with an image (or absence of an image), it still is there to indicate a class, and the icon is visible always.

Example of right side color bar with no image or color applied to main image area.Example of right side color bar with image inserted in main image area.

If teachers are telling their classes to click on the *insert color here* icon on the dashboard, then students shouldn't be allowed to change the colors of the icons on their dashboard, they should just correlate to whatever color the instructor sets it to. Otherwise, teachers need to find another way to indicate which is their class.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

That is a very nice solution!

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

I agree! That looks really nice!

garrett_william
Community Participant

I prefer the small thin line that is generated at the bottom of the card and showcased at the top of this comment thread. The color bar to the right is very heavy and makes the image look chopped off. My current CSS implementation that removes the color overlay has worked out nicely. There has been no confusion regarding what color corresponds with the course. In design, understated elements can go a long way. Especially when you have some many competing colors due to the individual theming of a Canvas instance. There is less color clash and the cards are more pleasing to the eye with a simple color strip.

Here are some examples:

Dashboard, no color overlay

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

Thin line works nicely also.

At this point, the solution that sounds best to me is the solution we can have soonest. I'm honestly not sure why this is such a hard fix to implement, especially if admins are able to implement a simple CSS fix.

I certainly hope a good solution will be in place for the coming school year in Fall.

joseph_ledosque
Community Member

I completely agree that the thin bar looks better. If it is between a thick side bar to preserve the edit icon or no change at all, though, I'll take the side bar.

I think that making each school implement the change on their own by modifying the CSS is not a viable option. There are too many schools that are going to be wary of messing with the CSS file.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

Agreed! I'm a faculty member; that means I've got limited "social capital" in terms of making admin requests, and I don't want to have to use it for this CSS fix. 🙂

johnmartin
Community Champion

I wish there was some movement on this 😞

garrett_william
Community Participant

I totally agree, we are in a trust account and I was able to make the fix, but then had to turn around and convince the other Canvas admin in our district it was safe to do . . . really need something that allows an easier implementation for teacher/ course users and something that provides more control if an admin wants to lock it down for branding purposes

rgibson1
Community Champion

Nearly a year ago this was debuted at Keystone. I couldn't wait to get it launched. Then the dreaded overlay was introduced instead. It's been DOA ever since. I think they are trying to wait us out and hope we won't notice, but we're not turning it on. What baffles me is that they have it in the Canvas Network. Do the two development teams not talk to each other?

susan_cornish
Community Participant

I'm keen to see the colour overlay removed. We use photoreal images as a key component of our look and feel, and have selected strong images for each of our courses. They look so muddy with the colour overlay.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
Idea is currently in development

A solution for the color overlay concerns is now in development.