Update: Change in Pill Colors

Hello everyone,

We recently introduced a change to the colors (the “pills”) around Available amounts on the budget in order to bring those colors into compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We were made aware that these changes actually made it more difficult for some to quickly identify key information, which is the opposite direction we want to move in for accessibility.

Today, we’re following up with two related updates, which will roll out to YNABers over time.

  1. We've tweaked those new colors a bit. It’s a small change that made a significant difference for some of the folks who tested it in the past weeks.
  2. We’re introducing the option to use the classic colors, if that’s your preference. To check that out, open your Budget Menu by clicking on the name of your budget in the top left, select My Account, and scroll down to the Options section.

If you'd like early access to these options, please send us an email at [email protected]! Otherwise, please know that your account will automatically be granted access within the next couple of weeks.

We've got lots more work to do to make YNAB even more accessible, including not relying solely on color for important signals in the app. We're excited about that work to come.

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  • May I please also revert to old colors?  Had a hard time with the new ones...  Thank you!

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    • Gray Guitar You sure can :) I just added this into your account. Let me know if you have any issues!

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    • Veronica at YNAB Beautiful!  Thank you for being such great listeners to both options!!

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  • Please add me to the early access list. I am red-green colorblind and am having difficulty with the new color scheme. Thank you for your attention to the problem and your work to resolve it!

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    • Violet Crab You've been added to the early access list for this feature and it should now be available to you.

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      • Violet_Crab.1
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      Veronica at YNAB Ah, that's much better. Thank you for listening to our feedback and working to correct the problem. I really do appreciate it.

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  • May I please have the classic color option added to my account too?  Although I am not colorblind, I really found the new scheme much less user friendly for my needs.  Thank you!

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    • Sea Green Banjo Sure thing! That's added to your account now.

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  • I just got the email about the update to the colors, and I can see the difference in the colors now. I do have the red-green color blindness and was affected by the original change about 2 week ago.

     

    When is the iOS app going to get this new color scheme as the new updated colors that was released today is better than the original colors for me?

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    • FLMark80 I'm glad these new colors are having a positive impact on the budget for you. We don't have a set timeline for adding this into the mobile apps just yet, as we're monitoring feedback closely through the web app rollout.

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  • Thank you for taking user feedback into account and adding the options to switch! It really makes a difference when support listens to issues and respects the users who report them, then ultimately admitting to a missteps and essentially providing a better solution that before (customization!!). 😄 Rather than being demeaning and implying to users that they weren't using a product correctly like support over at a certain password manager that just launched a regressive update...

    I don't think I've gotten the new version of the new colors yet, or if I have, I still just find the text much harder to see in its default state.  The lighter colors do give a more "zen" look though, which is nice. So I used the css plugin to make the font-weight for the pills bold and make the new background colors 80% opaque so the text stands out better, and I'm happy with this solution.  

    Though I do think the font thing is something to look into since it seems to be showing differently to people. I've seen someone people post screenshots where the font looks more like the one you posted, whereas my fonts are more thin. 

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    • andmade Interesting! I'm showing that your account does have access to this currently. Do you have any browser extensions activated that might be masking the changes?

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      Veronica at YNAB 

      Hi Veronica, 

      I tried in 4 different browsers, including Edge which I never use, and the colors are the same for me across all the browsers. That said, I compared them to the original blog post and I can see that the yellow and red are now noticeably darker compared to what they were before. 

      Maybe my eyes are worse than I care to admit or my monitors are poorly calibrated, but I find making out the font harder on the new default colors. The numbers don't really stand out, so I have to squint at them. Below is a screenshot I took at 125% zoom. Normally I'm at 110% for YNAB, but enlarged it for this screenshot, though the text still came out a little blurrier than it is in reality. 

      On the far left are the new default colors, the middle is the original, and the end is the modifications I made to the original so the numbers are bold and the colors lighter, so the font stands out more. I'm not suggesting YNAB make these changes and some may even disagree that the middle default is easier to read than the left or think the right stands out too much! 😅 It's just to better illustrate what I may not be conveying properly with words.

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    • andmade Thanks for the detail and screenshot, that's really helpful. The font I see in my budget is heavier than the version on the left that you're describing. I'm going to dig in on this one a bit more with our team and get back to you!

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  • Please revert my account to original colors

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    • Coral Mainframe This feature is active in your account now. To revert back to the Classic colors, click your budget name on the top left, select My Account and choose Classic colors. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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  • Please give me access to the old colors

    thank you

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    • Purple Admiral Your account is all set! Let me know if there are any issues reverting back to the old colors.

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    • Veronica at YNAB It worked thank you

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  • Faness I don't need to revert to the old colors but since you tweaked the new colors, I'd love to get access to the update when convenient.

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    • Herman That's changed over for you now. You may need to sign out and back in to update the changes.

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  • May I suggest editing the initial post to direct people to support if they want early access and then locking and stickying this post? Otherwise we’re just going to have several days of “May I have it please?” “Okay, it’s been added!” 

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    • WordTenor Yes, we'll be doing just that as soon as we roll out to a slightly larger group. Thanks for your suggestion.

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  • I would like to see the new colors, too, please!  And have the option for the old.  Thank you for taking user feedback into account. 

    My only hesitation is wondering how the Toolkit will mesh with these options.  :) 

    But I will unfollow this post so I don't get everyone's permission/access granted replies. 

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    • Move Light Sound Life That's added for you! Let me know if you have any trouble.

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    • Veronica at YNAB Thanks a bunch!

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  • I would like access to the classic colors as well please.  And thank you for your response on this.  I know that it's been a tough few days for support.

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    • bobbucy Thanks for your kind words. Your account has access to this now! Let me know if you have any issues with it.

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  • I would prefer to have the original colors, as well.

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    • Hot Pink Yeti That is now available in your account. Click the budget name, select My Account and choose Classic colors to revert back. 

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  • do individual users need to request to have this option? I don't see it under my account. Seems like something that should be available to everyone.

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    • Hot Pink Wrench We're rolling this out to everyone slowly so that we can catch any issues before they impact all YNABers. We started with the users who had written in with frustrations about the color changes and we can add users manually as well if needed. Otherwise, all users will have access to this feature over the next few weeks (that's just a guess. I'm not sure how long it will take) without having to ask. 

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  • I would like to have access to the classic colors, please.

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    • Orchid Pony That is set up for you now. Click the budget name in the top left, select My Account and switch to the Classic colors under Options to make that change!

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  • I would like access to the new colors as well. I'm not sure why that's not already a default pushed out to everyone, but I'll take what I can get.

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    • Forest Green Lightning This is now enabled in your account. Todd will post shortly with more details on testing and that should give more insight into why we didn't push this out to everyone all at once this time. Let me know if you have any trouble with the new colors or reverting back.

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  • I would love the option to use the old colors please

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    • Rachel S You have access to this change now! You'll want to start by clicking your budget name in the top left, select My Account and choose the Classic colors. 

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  • I'd like to revert back to the original colors.  The new scheme just doesn't stand out enough for me.

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    • Jandar Sure thing, that's added for you now. Let me know if you have any issues reverting back to the Classic colors.

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  • Please add me also to the early access list.

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    • Spring Green Unicorn That's available in your account now. Let me know if there are any problems!

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  • I can finally use YNAB again without struggling. And just in time for the end of the month. Thank you.

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  • I got the product I paid for back and it's actually readable again.

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  • I would love to have the option to use the original colors, too! Thank you!

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    • Brian Colorado That's available in your account now. Let me know if there are any issues reverting back to the classic colors.

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  • It worked! Thanks!

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  • I would like to be given access to the new option, please.  

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    • Aquamarine Piranha You should be good to go now! :)

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  • Hæ! Could I please revert back to the original colours too? Thanks!

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    • Slate Gray Python This is available in your account. Click your budget name in the top left, select My Account and choose the Classic colors under Options to revert back. 

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  • Another name to add to the Please Revert Dem Colours list, I'm afraid! Thanks so much!

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    • Anarane All set! You have access to this now.

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