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

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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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Why does so much software use gray backgrounds, from Windows to Chrome to Mac to almost every other software and website you come across?

What is it with gray backgrounds? Gray backgrounds seem to be in use since the early days of software and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere! Any concrete research studies done on this area?
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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 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 making dates that are in the ...
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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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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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Custom app theme colors - include text inputs?

Let's say I have a messaging app, where multiple users can post messages to a common discussion board. Each message on the board contains the user's name and the user's comment. The color for the ...
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Color grade system A,B,C,D,F [closed]

Hhhh, in my new porject I have color grade system that looks like this, but my A(A-,A+) and B(..) is very similar(color) and they are very difficult to distinguish. Any ideas how to do it *nicely ? *-...
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How to translate a rating range into Red-Yellow-Green Colours? [closed]

I have an application which needs to display the rating for a product in an easy to understand visual way. I was thinking of colour coding using the the universal "red is bad, yellow is ok and green ...
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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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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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Read/Write from device icons

I want a read and write to device icons -- in this case RFIDs but that should not matter at all. There generally tends to be an arrow to (write) and an arrow from (read) but what about specific ...
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Best to have color scheme match or compete with the bezel on a mobile device?

Consider this situation: I have an iPad (or other tablet) app, and I can assume that all devices that are using my app have a black bezel. Should the color scheme of my app be dark (to match the bezel)...
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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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Color complimenting like Google's material specs

So here's my dilemma. I like Google's Material Design Color Specs, and they've obviously spent a fortune researching all the hues and shades. However, I'm dealing with a project where the end users ...
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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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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 ...
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How many primary colours should my web page design have? [closed]

Is there any possible number of colours that I am forced not to exceed according to ux principles? for example : am I able to use 3 or 4 primary colours in w web page design?
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Why do video monitoring system UI use a dark background?

I am working on designing the UI of a video monitoring system. After I did some research, I found out that most designers use a dark background to be the primary color. Does anyone know the reason ...
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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 does Google Images have multiple colors?

If I search something on Google Images, multiple boxes appear with similar ideas. These boxes are in different colors. Why? Wouldn't it look nicer to have one uniform color?
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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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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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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 it'...
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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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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 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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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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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 Best Background/component colors that defines an educational web application? [closed]

I am working on choosing background color for a large educational web application containing more than 100 variety of web pages. Since the application involves several features i don't want to keep ...
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How to test for the best colour of an online store?

I already ran a test set up as following: I told the users what they were going to buy, showed them the same webpage in eight different colours (four webpages on two rows), and asked them on which ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Colours of clickable links in webdesign

This is a redesign of my website im doing: http://www.ryansmurphy.com/redesign/ As you can see, its largely a work in progress, im trying to do a flat ui design. I can tell you now, I am in no way ...
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Is it okay to use red and green in another way than notification purposes?

Red and green are strongly associated with "error" and "confirmation" so I was wondering whether it is okay to use those colors for elements which are not neccessarily notification/feedback items, ...
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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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Shades of Green for age status [closed]

I am building a cab booking application, and I need to differentiate the various cabs in the vicinity by their age. Age in the sense how long back did they update their current location. If they ...
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See best distance and worst distance at a glance

I need to show the shortest distance among other distances on a map for a given point. I was thinking of a shading of colors from green to red but there are too much lines displayed (it will ...
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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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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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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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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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Which colors should I use for a game result graph?

I'm designing a game app for Android. We have three states for the game result with the following colors. Win - Green Tie - Yellow Lose - Red What do you think about this color combination? Is ...
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Should the grid header use the same shade as its elements?

In a fast-paced environment (a desktop used by a store, to sell products), should I use a darker color as background for a Grid header, to differentiate the products and the header, or should I use ...
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Choosing a country's color for its slice of a pie chart? [closed]

I'm writing some software that involves a breakdown of data by country. For it, I plan on using a pie chart where each slice corresponds to the activity in a certain country. I'm wondering - is there ...
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Math 2D graphs: best way of graphically (black and white or using colors) representing overlapping curves

what's the best way to represent multiple 2D Cartesian-style graphs drawn in the same Caryesian plane and having zero or more possibly intersecting parts of intersection length 0 to open or closed k ...
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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 ...