Design accent

Select something for the design accent that can last indefinitely to represent the department vs. intentionally need to change.

However, we know things happen and it may need to be changed at some point—for example, leadership changes and has issue with the current look, a new look for the department is developed and needs to be incorporated into the website, etc.

Email with details of your design accent change with the reason why.

Not an option:

  • Medical School blue
  • Can't repeat exact same custom look (color can repeat, but not combination of color with custom pattern/texture/imagery) to retain distinction

All AHC Drupal websites use the Nokomis web theme.

The theme has many fixed elements, as well as aspects that can be customized.

To get a feeling for what the sites are like, visit the AHC's live Drupal websites.

Formatting and styling your content

Consult the styles reference for text, image, and other formatting options for your content.

Images are a great way to customize and add personality to your site.

Do not create your own in-line changes, such as changing the color of text in the middle of a sentence or adding a background color behind text. There are reasons based in accessibility, usability, and web best practices for why things are set up as they are. Use the styles that come with the theme. Find out more about web accessibility best practices

If you want to do something in particular and can't find it or figure out how, contact the AHC web team at You can also submit ideas for new features and functionality through the Web Features & Functionality Request Form.

Special sections

For large sites, we sometimes create special sections to give distinction to departments, centers, divisions, and other designated units. 

Design accent

As the web team builds sites in Drupal, we have been adding an accent color and some kind of image/pattern/texture, or just a solid color, to help differentiate between sites and provide some customization. Part of the web upgrade process is that we ask the unit if they have any preference for an accent color and/or image to use throughout the site, or what to avoid.

These are the color optionsAHC Web Color Palette

If you have an existing look and feel for your materials, please let us know and we can work to incorporate that.

We are using patterns/textures from Subtle Patterns.

It can work well to have a custom image to do with your content. To do this, you'll need to provide the specific image(s) or ideas that we could easily find in stock. It’s best if it’s more abstract, not overly literal such as a pattern, objects, a scene, something to do with the subject matter vs. images of people which can become easily dated looking or appear cliché.

  • Solid color only
  • Solid color with content-specific image
  • Solid color with subtle pattern/texture
  • Subtle pattern/texture
  • Default gray with tint of color
  • Default gray
  • White
  • Working with an existing look and feel