the choice of colors used in design for a range of media

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How to measure the contrast between any given color and white?

When displaying white text on a colored background, I guess that the text is more-or-less legible depending on some kind of contrast between that color and white. My question is, is there a formula ...
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Colors on digital platforms as per time/season

Is there any research/article on colors good for particular time of day or particular season? I am in need of something which can atleast guide me in the direction and if I don't find much work on ...
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Is it correct to change the color of a country flag to adapt it to the colors palette?

I am working on a web with three main colors: white, blue and black, and there are two flags for select the language of the web. These icons completely break the color harmony of the web, and I wonder ...
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Color palette for website I am working on [migrated]

I recently was hired to work on a website, however I am having a very hard time trying to come up with a color scheme because of the companys choice of brand color. Their color is around #f37321. It ...
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Best color palette for event information [closed]

I am designing a timeline in which about ten repeating events on the line are colored. My problem is that no combination of colors look good. When laid out like I have it. I've tried different shades ...
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Are there premixed Material Design color combinations I can use for prototyping?

I'm looking at this tool that allows to select material design colors and this document by Google that describes how to pick material design colors. As far as I understand, I pick 3 primary colors ...
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Why are X, Y and Z axes represented by Red, Green, and Blue?

It is pretty standard that 3d axis, XYZ, is represented as red green blue, respectively. Why is this and who first proposed the colors in that configuration?
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Does grey always represents disabled condition?

Recently I updated the style of our admin module of a web app. The buttons were redesigned and new colors were introduced for various states. In various sections, I have the small question mark icon, ...
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Color to use for 'Save draft' button?

So I have a WYSIWYG editor and I have three buttons below it. A Post it button which I am currently using dark blue color. A Cancel button which is red in color and a Save as draft button. I am not ...
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Is there a human advantage to painting heavy equipment (aka “baggers”) bright yellow?

Is it just branding, decoration, or is there an actual human-centered reason for it?
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Are bright colors needed to entice users to a simple UI (e.g. productivity apps)?

This is a screenshot from a windows store productivity app called OneCloudDrive. As this is a productivity app, I have tried to keep the UI simple and pleasing to eyes. Is this really a correct ...
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What would be the best keymap for a mode-less (or mode-minimalistic) contrasting color palette designer? [closed]

While the contextual and background information below may prove helpful and insightful, the TL;DR and major points of my problem can be found in the emboldened text below, and what I specifically need ...
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What are the benefits of using a black cursor with white outline, over white with black?

I've used a lot of operating systems, and those that support mouse cursors usually default to a black one with a white outline, with the notable exception of Windows. I used to think that this is ...
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Should I keep a consistent pattern of colour and purpose for detail-master and similar multi-paneled website views?

I have recently been given images to implement as a webpage, the general pattern is that one or more (sub)views exist with a white/Light background, and the other panel is a single dark/black view ...
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Why do browsers use white text on a blue background for highlighted areas?

I just checked in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, on Windows, and all three default to blue background and white text when the user highlights some area, perhaps for a search google for, copy ...
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What is the most dyslexia friendly colour combination

Following on from this question I asked a while ago: What is the most dyslexia friendly font? I'd like now to know whether there are any colour combinations (or sets of colour combinations from ...
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Background colour suitable for both black and white text

In my web page i have a black textured background and in foreground light blue, white, gray, yellow color texts are present. Colors that doesnt go with black color background are not visible. Can ...
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Generic input and output colours

I'm developing a game which features various power creating devices, machines that require power and cables to link the two together. Because of a bug that caused the cables to drag power from the all ...
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Color to depict status [closed]

I have line charts which show active, inactive and failed status of an application. Please suggest which are the best colors to depict that.
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Compare two distinct groups of data with colors

I have three types of notes, User Note, System Note(, Communication Note(. I have 3 Events. Each event has multiple notes of type User Note, System Note, Communication note. I am trying to determine ...
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Compact readable boolean expression

I have a boolean expression which I want to show perhaps in a text box which could be easily copied or modified. The expression has conditions ( C1, C2 ... Cn ) and boolean operators ( AND, OR ). I ...
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What is a good color indicator for showing upcoming dates?

I have a web page that shows a list of due dates. i have it in a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups\ I am not making dates that are in the ...
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What background colors would correctly describe level of importance of item on the list

I have a list of customers. They are( from least to to most important): Regular customer, VIP customer, Small company, Medium company, Large company. I list them in this manner: I would like to ...
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Is a colour contrast compliant if it passes WCAG but fails the earlier W3C test used on Snook.ca?

There are some colour contrasts that, when checked using a tool like snook.ca, give results like this (testing #003354 and #00D5BD): According to every one of the newer WCAG criteria, this passes. ...
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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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Basic color scheme for great readability [closed]

Are there any good recommendations for web site color scheme that provide good readability e.g. body text color (body) main heading color (h1) sub heading color(h2, h3 etc) background color border ...
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Recommendation on where to arrange button and overall color schema for this search screen? [closed]

I have the following search/landing page...The buttons above the grid/table look busy and the colors do not seem to match the grid and header. Any recommendation in terms where to move the buttons and ...
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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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How should I approach adding custom themes to a sales management application?

I work in a company that develops some of the best sales management tools in the states. Recently I proposed the idea to add custom themes support which would include: -different color schemes ...
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Flat Design + Color schemes - Bold or Subtle?

I found this site the other day and I noticed that I have been seeing fewer and fewer really bright, bold, what I would describe as highlighter-esque colors these days in user interfaces that use flat ...
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Maximum number of Color-Codes

What do you think is the maximum number of color-codes you should use in a web project? Suppose you use the optimal combination of colors in order to get the best usability. For better understanding, ...
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Using a color scheme to represent a combination

I have two classes (say, A and B) of objects represented by two different colors. Now certain objects could belong to both A and B. How should I choose a color scheme for these classes so that I can ...
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Which color scheme to choose for applications that require long work hours?

I'm working on a ERP / Accounting (lots of tables and data) web app and was wondering what color scheme would be appropriate for this type of application? Users will be sitting in front of their ...
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Are dark themes more effective than light themes for artistic software? [duplicate]

Before there were more apps using light themes, but for a while more and more apps come with dark themes. I personally really like working in dark themes. They are very easy on my eyes. Of course ...
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Site Accessibility - Colour schemes to avoid

Marketing at our company has a strong preference for Blue on Blue in our application (i.e. Blue gradient background, with a Light blue header background, and a darker blue text shade). Obviously, in ...
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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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Color-coding percentages, how should I interpret a result of 0/0 (as 0% or as 100%)?

I am making a report that requires me to display some calculations as a percentage. Basically, I'm doing a database query for records matching a specific ID. The number returned becomes my denominator ...
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Colour stripes in chart

I've been given a very limited colour palette to work with for a number of charts. Because the palette is limited, it's been suggested that using the same colours but with patterns such as stripes ...
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'Open' signs on commercial buildings - why are most of them red? [closed]

I am in the process of designing a nice OPEN sign, and I noticed that the vast majority of them are red. This seems bizarre to me, yet green open signs look odd. I just wondered if anybody knew why ...
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What are HTML colors that could be used for a 4 level performance measurement (Poor, OK, Good, Great) that would work with color blind people?

Perhaps, for users with Red-Green color blindness, the colors below are OK b/c the user can differentiate (I think) between read and light green. And for Red/Dark-Green they could easily tell one is ...
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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 ...
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Usage of color and other UI elements in a diagram with two categorizations

Following diagram represents results of election, grouped by province, and then by parties. Interactivity is also introduced for hovering over legend, as displayed in the picture: (here is also live ...
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Dark admin theme - is it wise?

Would it be wise to create a dark-themed admin screen? As in not just the header/footer/menu area is dark (eg, black / dark grey), but the areas where content are as well. Does it put more strain on ...
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Importance of colors in a mobile application?

I am software + hardware engineer who possibly does a same common job as others with a similar qualification. I am under the process of designing, developing and publishing a mobile application where ...
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Flat UI how to indicate tappable zones with colors without “overdoing it”?

I'm building a game which will use quite a lot of flat UI elements and colors. This is my first ever time doing flatUI, and I want to make sure that I don't over do it. I read that flat UI uses bold ...
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Denote different color schemes in a list setting iOS

In my app, a person can have a variable amount of lists they've created. Each of these lists can have their very own color scheme. In the view where all the lists are shown that the user has created, ...
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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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Best Practices for call to action buttons on non e-commerce site?

I am designing a corporate website for a software company, with primary colour scheme comprising of red, black and white. Breaking away from this colour scheme will just look wrong, and I do not want ...
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Colours in cultures : where does the data come from?

I've just come across a chart called "Colours in Cultures" that you can find here : http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/colours-in-cultures/ Since I'd rather not bother the author ...
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What algorithm to use to change colors on dusk / dawn? [closed]

I have a fullscreen program (written in Python / Tkinter if this matters) which is displayed 24h/24 on a typical monitor. I would like to use correct colors (correct = physiological) to move from a ...