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

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Mobile Chat UI - Color of the bubbles

I'm wondering why in most mobile chats the message I write has a color background and white text (example: blue background and white text, like facebook) and the response is on grey background with ...
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When is usability over design more important?

Im creating a dashboard webpage for desktop and have a side bar as a navigation. The title is white and the dashboard names are white. When looking at it, the white color makes it seem as if the ...
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Multi or Single colored rating stars

I'm developing a web application which is basically using 2(3) colors: Magenta White Grey-scales The app is a register for local artists and therofre, the users can rate them. Currently I'm only ...
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How to display negative, positive, warning, and neutral colors in website if the theme includes one of those colors?

The following colors, generally, mean the following: Positive: Green. Negative: Red. (though negative and positive are reversed in China) Warning: Yellow. Neutral: Gray. Now, what if I made a ...
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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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Colour palette progression to indicate priority

I need to use colour to indicate priority. Say, there are 20 priority levels. What is the best way to use colour to achieve this? My thoughts so far are: I'm leaning towards using shades of a single ...
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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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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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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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Should software for 8 to 14 year olds be colourful and “childish”?

I am developing a learning application for children somewhere between 8 and 14 years as part of my masters degree in Computer Science. I have absolutly no formal UI design background and in the past ...
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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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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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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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Specifying semantic colors in design manuals

Is there any meta-analysis of Corporate Design Manuals or a guideline for developing CDs that includes which semantics CDMs associate with colors? What are they like, i.e. which kinds of semantic ...
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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 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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Is it OK for a material designed app to have list highlight color different from accent color

Currently, I'm using blue as accent color in my material designed app. I was wondering, from UI & UX perspective, is it OK for me to use light orange color, as list highlight color? Or, ...
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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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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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How do I design a beautiful 6 month calendar view with 15+ event types?

I have designed a calendar web application at my work, and it has been well recieved. So well that multiple departments of my company has adapted it, and requested their own categories for their ...
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UI UX best practice in changing applications app bar color?

Hi I am designing an app for Android and IOS both will have appbars. I have a branding color of blue which is used in the app bars in the all of my activities. I am thinking of changing the app bar ...
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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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Is there a standard color list to keep adding new colors to a plot while retaining old colors?

My users pick one or more data sets to graph on a single canvas. The sets are color coded to distinguish between sets (all screenshots are for demonstrative purposes from demo utility): BLUE=...
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gray and black colors for layout [closed]

I'm trying to create my own layout for bootstrap. I found a lot of articles about choosing colors to layout, but layout also need some shades of grey and black for sidebars, navbar, to make some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best proportions for coloring a clustered map?

I've got a map showing 26k+ positions. Here is what is shown with a cluster solution : I'm looking to display differents color/size for different proportions. Above is the minimum zoom when you ...
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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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Ideal color palette for 24 colors?

I'm making a simple collaborative whiteboard app just for fun and I originally had a color picker with all the colors but the few friends I showed it too said it was too much and they aren't artists ...
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Studies on color for the elderly

While color psychology has a set of more or less accepted premises, it varies according to age, geographic and cultural differences (between other variables). Now I'm building an app for elder people ...
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What should be the warn color in red interfaces? [duplicate]

I'm designing an app in Material Design that interface is primarily red. Traditionally red is used as a warn color too, but it doesn't make sense in red interfaces. What warn color should I use?
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Choice of color - logo, scheme matches with error message color

Most often than not, the scheme of the website has to match that of the logo. When the logo has a RED, on a page it becomes unavoidable not to have a RED colored alerts, warnings, error messages ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a good color combination, visibility for outside use

I am designing the layout for a touchscreen for outside use, What are some good color combination to use that will be visible under the sun light for outside use? Maybe bright neon colors?
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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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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 ...