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Slightly dark frame on light content versus light frame on slightly dark content

I have a text area, and need to make its background color different from the surrounding background (frame, which has other object in it) color. I do not want to make their colors too different, so ...
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3answers
56 views

In a map routing application, what colors should the start and end point have?

We're designing a map applications that allows you to set starting and ending points to plan a route and we're not sure which colors to associate with the two markers. This is what we've got so far, ...
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2answers
205 views

Why is red associated to greatness in some websites?

I have been lately wondering why some websites who rank products associate the red colour to being good and green with being bad. Isn't red usually associated to danger or to something you want to ...
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4answers
307 views

On TV, when you see an infomercial, why do they use jarring colors?

When you see an infomercial "buy now" type commercial on TV, they always use the jarring contrast of big yellow font on a blue background with a small viewport of video displaying the product. Does ...
2
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3answers
124 views

Color Combination

I am trying to create a webpage and I don't know much about UX. I am quite confused about the colour combination of text. Like here(in the picture) I used two different colours for the Title and Tag ...
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3answers
155 views

What should I use to represent “too high” and “too low” with icons and/or colors? [closed]

I'm working on a project where we will present the user with a grid of rows, each of which has a value that's too high or too low (a value associated with the row is higher or lower than the range ...
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2answers
291 views

Should I use a single gradient or plain color background for my app?

I have an app with a screen for a list, a screen for a photo preview, a screen with fields for entering data and of course a splash screen. Should I use a single gradient/plain color background for ...
2
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5answers
205 views

Do you account for colours looking different depending on the background?

I have a website with a white background, but dark grey header. I like to use #09F (light blue) for hyperlink text, but they look a lot different depending on whether the background is dark or light. ...
2
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3answers
146 views

What factors to consider when picking a color theme for a short user survey?

I fairly frequently create short, google-doc surveys with 3-5 questions. Before today I always used the default template and never thought to change colors. However, considering I also work at a ...
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3answers
155 views

Putting content in white boxes on grey backgrounds

Why do sites like Google+ and the new upcoming Facebook news feed put their content in white boxes on grey backgrounds? Are there any benefits to this compared to say an all white background like ...
5
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2answers
194 views

What is the validity of contrast and colours tests?

I just ran a contrast and colour test (using checkmycolours.com in this case) on our corporate site (www.dotblue.net; if you care) and it reports quite some failures. However, I explicitly optimized ...
6
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6answers
504 views

Effect on usability if I use green and red colors (for meaning) in an app whose color scheme does not include those colors?

I am working on an application that models physical hardware to the user. As such, showing things colored red seems to be a very natural way to communicate an error state, and showing them green ...
6
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2answers
891 views

Changing a White Background to…?

I am in the process of creating a website. Currently the website has a solid white background with black text. However, on different monitors the white background can be blinding bright. I have ...
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2answers
2k views

What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
0
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4answers
505 views

Should we risk using colors other than blue in Web apps?

Trends: New Colors (we’re looking at you, #00A0D1) If there’s one thing that’s been stagnant in the design community, it’s the originality with colors. Sixty percent of the applications on my ...
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1answer
181 views

Color schemes for text ads

What are the most effective color schemes for text ads? Google's default is blue for headlines, black for body texts and green for links. The Norwegian Color Empire gave the "Color of the year" award ...
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5answers
5k views

Why do most financial apps use a black or dark background?

I was asked today to look into designing a stock monitoring windows 8 application and I was looking around for design ideas when I noticed an interesting trend where it seems like most of these stock ...
3
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0answers
39 views

How does background,text colors affects user's experience in reading? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate(s): Choosing a set of colors Is this color readable? What is the best color combination for on screen reading? My QUESTION - How does background and text colors ...
4
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3answers
2k views

What are some best practices in picking navigation bar background color? [closed]

I am using twitter bootstrap and I don't like the default dark gray background color for the navbar. So I was thinking of chosing a different color. But being a programmer and not a designer first ...
16
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10answers
1k views

How much color may a UI have?

I work on a Network management system (NMS) frontend. Basically this app shows a list of alarms, updated in realtime. Such NMS apps already exist in a large variety, but two things they have in ...
3
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3answers
308 views

Remove color to add emphasis

Context I'm working on a new user interface for a project portal system. Part of the system is a dashboard that lets the user know what the status of his project is. This dashboard is also there to ...
5
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2answers
303 views

How should I format question-response sections in a document?

I work on proposals that need to be formatted in question-response sections. Currently, we use different colors to distinguish between questions and responses. However, members of my team want to make ...
2
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2answers
282 views

What is the value of accent colors with regards to UX?

I have been hearing a lot about how accent colors help in visualizing the key points on the page and drawing the eye to critical action items but I havent really got the understanding of how they ...
6
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3answers
305 views

Providing warm colors when the content is depressing?

I had posted a question earlier asking for views on what would be the ideal background color to enhance readability and had indicated my inclination towards having a dark or a greyish background to ...
6
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3answers
445 views

Are dark non neutrals colors suited for page backgrounds or is it more advisable to go for neutral colors like black or dark grey?

I am just finishing up a site for a non profit and we are having a bit of a debate of about what the background color should be I have been trying to emphasise on the need for a neutral color like ...
5
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3answers
1k views

How can I choose a colour palette for multiple data visualization types?

I'm currently implementing the Google Visualization API into an existing platform, one requirement of which is the ability to choose custom colours for chart elements (such as pie slices and columns). ...
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4answers
473 views

Is this site's colour scheme readable?

Having realised that I am not very good at identifying whether a site works and is readable, can I ask for comments on this site's colour scheme, which is entirely under my control. I have tried to go ...
8
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4answers
308 views

Using a secondary set of colors to indicate which elements of the UI can be interacted with

I was reading this article about Metro UI designs, and I was struck by this statement: Example, if you look under the hood of a new car, you will see areas colored yellow whereas the rest is the ...
17
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12answers
3k views

Is this hard to read?

This is a snippet on a site i have just been building. I considered the readability etc, and the corporate colours, and tried to work with them. Actually, I find it quite relaxing to read and view, ...
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2answers
199 views

Button color for access and deny permissions buttons?

I need to create an email template which is auto generated when an user requests access permissions to a document .The email template is sent to the document owner and is in this format : Subject: ...
7
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3answers
3k views

Why are most social networking sites in blue?

Why do most social media websites use blue as the main color? e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, foursquare, ... I am only interested in answers based on some scientific research.
11
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4answers
397 views

What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?

I am building a tool that will be used by call center agents. It is to help them support products on behalf of the customers who call up. It acts as a portal to many different types of product ...
16
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4answers
814 views

How important is it to consider color for color blindness in a design

In response to this question about iconography, I was wondering about how much it is necessary to factor in color usability for people with color perception difficulties into a design. The first ...
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2answers
178 views

Creating a UI for brightness/gamma calibration

I'm working on a game where we, at start up, display a brightness calibration screen that users can use to adjust the brightness of their screen so that the game appears more or less consistent across ...
67
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10answers
6k views

What effect would a grayscale color scheme have on UX?

I am thinking of designing a website that will have no color other than black, gray, and white (including links). Will the absence of colors such as blue, green, etc. affect the user experience of ...
5
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2answers
196 views

How important is the ability to change the color theme on a desktop application?

At my company we create Windows desktop applications using Microsoft's .Net (WPF to be specific). The window or "chrome" is completely customized, meaning that we do not use the standard Windows ...
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3answers
804 views

How can I improve the display of fonts when no anti-aliasing is used?

I'm a web developer by trade and struggle with colour theories and graphic design. I also develop on an iMac, hence beautiful browsing/visual experience ensues, however when I view on Windows machines ...
29
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4answers
39k views

What is the best color combination for on screen reading?

I work at an airline as a pilot and I am involved in the "paperless" project which aims to have no more paper in the cockpit - all the data should be accessible from tablet devices. We have a lot to ...
2
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1answer
155 views

Resources explaining how to approach UI theming

I'm looking for resources that best describe picking and using colors within a user interface. For example, elements that are good to color and elements that should have no or little color impact. I ...
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5answers
4k views

Choosing a set of colors

I'm not a graphic designer, and I can't afford one for my open source project, so I thought I'd crowdsource this one. I'm trying to work out a set of 6-8 easily-differentiable colors for categories in ...
6
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2answers
166 views

What colors to use in contrast to designs using warm colors?

When a site's identity contains (or consists of) warm colors, would you also use warm colors as the main color(s) for its design or not? The problem I find in using warm colors as the main colors in ...