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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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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 ...
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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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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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Coloring Schemes

I am very new to mobile programming...basically just starting to fiddle with it today. :) I remember a project I did back in school that surveyed people (at a mall lol) and I asked them which text ...
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Stressless user experience for data entry forms

We're currently discussing a redesign of the applications we develop for internal use. Now, to change things for the better, we'd like to make as many UX considerations as possible before we go ahead. ...
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Better to Auto-change skins or allow selection?

I am designing a site with 3 basic skins. Each skin corresponds to a "team". Generally these teams face off about once a week or so in major tournaments, and one of the 3 teams will always win. For ...
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Best way to identify different element states?

I maintain a reporting app and currently we're trying to come up with a new way to organize our settings page. We display our settings in a table, this is used for displaying the setting/values only. ...
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Colors for the date period

I'm want to emphasise date period(2 dates: start and end) in table cell. Usually it's green for start and red for the end, but I believe it'll be too distracting...
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Mobile app considering ecology - is it possible to blend light green into calm scheme?

At workplace I was asked to design the interface for mobile application (for tablets and mobile phones). I'm not a professional designer so I got stuck already with the colour scheme. This ...
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How can I communicate linear progress through a series of states with color?

I'm trying to help visualize a portfolio of projects. They start off in the first state with some basic details, then they're reviewed, fully defined, and finally, work is begun. Right now, the ...
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Which colors would best convey 3 difficulty levels?

I'm making a baby toy/game to learn numbers and I have a menu with 3 buttons. The first button enters "learn mode", the second button is an easy quiz, and the third button is a medium quiz. Are there ...
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Is there any research on the color schemes which work with different genders

I am working on designing an eCommerce site where the focus is a user group with the age group of 30+ women with expensive tastes and I was trying to find if there is any research on the color schemes ...
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Best way to choose color combination from palette?

I have the following scenario: This is a color picker for a software we're developing. Basically we have different Groups for Items and Items are displayed as boxes in a grid with a given color ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Reason that most (business) applications have a blue theme?

Most applications use blue as their central color, particularly business applications (e.g. Windows uses blue in most of it's chrome). I am being pushed to use purple throughout our current ...
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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 ...
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How to classify content and actions?

How can I classify a type of action or content? Such as distinguishing two actions and content, the Customer and the Seller. Would the use of colours be convenient? Example: Blue buttons indicate ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Registration Button Research

I'm redesigning the registration page for my website, and I'm wondering if anyone has come across any research relating to the affects of different wording and colors for the registration button? How ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Why some websites put a small contrasting bar on top of the page?

I've observed this pattern in practice at many places now, websites put a small contrasting bar on the top of the page. What is the rationale behind it? Readability header: Tenderapp header:
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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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.
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Choosing a button colour scheme

I'm currently implementing some design changes to a web application. Currently, the application uses default browser buttons for everything, but I've now been supplied with a number of custom button ...
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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 ...
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Tablet interface design when used outdoors - handling bright light

I have a line-of-business tablet application that is used outdoors day and night in a vehicle. One of the users recently provided feedback that they find it difficult to read the screen when wearing ...
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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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Which version of this upcoming beer app UI do you think is more effective and why? [closed]

I am trying to decide which version of my layout to go with from a color and post layout perspective. Any reasoning for your choice would be really helpful! ...
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Backend Order Status colours - any ideas on best practice?

I would like to know if anyone has any ideas on how best to style up an eCommerce orders grid. (Magento). The idea is that the orders that are new and requiring action get highlighted, the ones of ...
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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 ...
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How to choose colors wisely to work with Low brightness and contrast screens?

In Mobile Phone and Tablets to save battery many people (Including me) keep brightness and contrast low. And sometime it makes harder to read if color scheme is not good. So my question is how to ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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What resources do you use to find good color combinations? [closed]

My background is in web development, not UI design. I have no problem creating the layout and getting it pixel-perfect, but I can never figure out what colors to use and where. I have seen projects ...
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Choosing colors for a subtle UI

I'm currently agonizing over how light I can make various colors in my UI before I adversely affect usability. The reason for the agonizing is that different monitors have different responses. Those ...
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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 ...