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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?

How should you determine the difference between colors of visited vs unvisited links? As an example: I'm working on a theme where link color is purple. I need some suggestion on visited link color ...
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Is it a good idea to use colour-pickers on websites?

Is it a good idea to have a popup menu on a website, where a user can change the overall colour scheme of a website, as in logo, fonts, background, everything? This would be in a web application, not ...
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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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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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Range of Colors to Represent Values

I have an application which draws a colorful bin, with different colors representing different values. Originally (right side of image), I was using a scale which started with a lighter color, and ...
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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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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 wheither it is okay to use those colors for elements which are not neccessarily notification/feedback items, ...
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What is wrong with my color selection?

Our customer said they wanted a minimalistic user interface, with a Windows 8 feel. However, I am a developer and do not have any experience with user interfaces. So, I went ahead and found the color ...
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Alternate row in Microsoft Modern UI (Metro)

Can I use alternate colors for rows using Metro design guidelines? And if I've multiple ListBox in the same view which is the suggestion? Can I use alternate colors (the same for each control)? I ...
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What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog to increase the readability of the text? [closed]

http://nomad.so/ What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog (above) to increase the contrast of the text? i don't really want to change the overall design, just tweak the colours to improve ...
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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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Colors for 6 possible activity statuses

I have a GANTT planning application where each activity or job has a status. In the next release users asked for the possibility to add colors to activity statuses however I need to choose a standard ...
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Charts: Unlimited data, limited colors

Currently I am tasked to create a JavaScript plugin that builds 3 charts: Stacked bar chart Pie chart Multi-line chart These charts are to be styled ala Bootstrap. I am evaluating colors at the ...
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Colour as a coding mechanism [duplicate]

When using colour as a coding mechanism, the number of colours used should be: a. 7 or fewer b. 9 or fewer c. 6 or fewer d. 8 or fewer Potentially a question for cognisc Stack Exchange but this ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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?