the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, green, blue and others

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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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Are social media icons as effective when grey-scale?

Social icons may be more noticeable in the header, but they can clutter they navigation. Are social icons as effective in grey-scale? ie. Will users still see them in a group of links if they're not ...
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Which is a good color for a pause button?

We have an application with a built-in stopwatch. If the stopwatch is running the pause button is shown and if it is stopped the play button is shown. Currently the stopwatch itself as well as the ...
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Marking tasks in red?

There's a list of items, some of them require attention. I'm thinking about using the color red. It used to be used for errors, so red was an unpleasant color. Today we have red notifications on iOS ...
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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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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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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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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 - why would they use uppercase in UI?

Microsoft has been very transparent with their updates to Visual Studio 11. It includes a huge change to the UI design of the entire IDE, most notably colour themes, icons and capitlization. In their ...
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Standards for and measuring contrast of solid color fills

There are several questions on UX (e.g. here, here, here) already about contrast. However, all of those are about text, and the contrast between text and background, most off them referencing this W3 ...
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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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Can using red/scarlet in a design distract users?

The colour red is usually associated with "danger" and "you're about to do something dangerous." What should you look out for if you're planning on a design that is primarily focused around the colour ...
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Need to learn the right way to use fonts colors on my site? [closed]

I want to learn web design to make good-looking websites. I have learned CSS, JavaScript, HTML quite well. But I need to be able to choose the right fonts, colors, backgrounds, images, etc. I want to ...
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Why web-safe colors only?

We are often told to only use web-safe colors for font's and background colors etc when not using an image. I don't understand why this is? Most websites contain high quality jpegs these days with ...
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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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Toolbar of digital signatures

Where I work, we have one of our systems in a web viewer for PDF files signed with the extension ". P7s." We are doing a toolbar similar to the adobe reader (picture below). The panel is also of ...
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How many visually distinct colors can accurately be associated with a separated legend in a figure?

For charts and graphs it's a relatively common question by programmers to want to procedurally generate an arbitrary number of colors that are visually distinct. Various research (or educated ...
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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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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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Why do the iPhone and iPad keyboards use different shades of gray for the keys and background?

I noticed when working with iPhone and iPad keyboards that they are quite a significantly different colour: Is there any particular reason for this?
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How different should two colors be to appear distinct to the human eye?

I was having a look at the "Reputation" tab in Stackoverflow and it occurred to me that the yellow used to highlight the new entries doesn't stand out a lot from the white background. I really have to ...
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Which color for a “Pay now” button?

I know there is no such thing as one good color that can be universally accepted, but I've been told orange is the "right color" for the payment button, and it is notable to see how both Paypal and ...
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How to determine whether links have enough contrast?

I find it very hard to distinguish links from normal text on Programmers Stack Exchange, especially visited links on wall-of-text posts. The colour scheme used is: Background #fafafa (there's a ...
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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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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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Which colors make you hungry

I am working on a new brand, which is all about food. What colors should we use for the logo and website? I keep reading that red makes you hungry, but i would like to stay away from that color. ...
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Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?

I'm working on a windows application that is showing the realtime status of a particular piece of equipment. While operating the equipment (via the application), two important values & labels are ...
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What colours should arithmetical operators +, −, ÷ and × have?

Are there any colours that are commonly associated with basic arithmetical operations? I want to make the operators +, −, ÷ and × more easily distinguishable by colourizing them. For the plus and ...
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Information Graphics vs Brand Awareness

I'm looking for some information on mapping color to graphs. To be more specific, I've got a bunch of graphs that represent Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+ in line charts. We've had an on ...
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The colors hurt my eyes

I've built this BBC feed which people find nicely styled (please ignore the animation glitch - I'm working on it!). However, people have been telling me (and I've felt it also) that the colors hurt ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Why does ESPN subtly change the color of some of its article text?

This is something that's bugged me for years: I'll be reading a story on ESPN and notice that the first paragraph is dark gray, and the second paragraph is often black. I've even taken a screenshot ...
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How to Indicate ComboBox Value Is Dirty

I'm looking for a good way to indicate the value of a ComboBox is dirty. With TextBoxes I set the Background to yellow but that looks a little funny with the ComboBox because by default it looks ...
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Choosing colors appropriately for red-green colorblindness

I want a green for "correct answer" and a red for "wrong answer". My current choice is rgb(144, 238, 144) for the green and rgb(250, 128, 114) for the red. (See wikilearner.net/wiki for the colours in ...
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What are good resources for testing UI design for color-blind users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people? I'd like to ensure that color blind users experience the UI with sufficient contrast between ...
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Traffic light like indicator for color-blind users?

We want to implement an indicator to display 'good' 'average' or 'bad'. So someone came up with a traffic light image. (green circle for 'good' yellow circle for 'average' and a red circle for 'bad') ...
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Usage of darker shade to show selected/focused button

Consider that I am creating an interface for a mobile app which shows a list of buttons on the main screen. I can move through the buttons using mobile keypad (feature phones) or screen touch (smart ...
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Bridging the gap between color palettes and CSS

I'm familiar with sites such as kuler, I'm well-versed in HTML/CSS/JavaScript (as a programmer), and I know what sort of content I want in my website. I can figure out how to lay out my content ...
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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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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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How do you design a registration form?

I am trying to learn about registration forms, what should I be careful about when designing one? Is there any "best practice" or do you know any great websites with great examples of registration ...
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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 get a consistent “perceived” color on a transparent BG? [closed]

I'm in a pickle. I have to make form controls (buttons, checkboxes, text inputs, etc.) on a semi transparent black background (85% alpha). Here's what they look like so far: Notice the ...
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Applying accurate colors from desktop screen to Mobile applications

I am currently working on some skin designs for an android application and in order to achieve the desired color results, I did some color test to it. I save my files in .png and .jpg versions and ...
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When would I use HSLa over RGBa? What are the benefits with HSLa?

I recently learned about the HSLa format for specifying colors with CSS3. When would I use HSLa over RGBa? Here are two articles that briefly talk about it: http://css-tricks.com/yay-for-hsla/ ...
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Coloring Buttons

I have a application that presents the user some information about an appointment and allows them to perform any one of various actions that the user will decide on based on the information presented. ...
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Geek-friendly website design for a software shop [closed]

We are in the process of branding our start up. Our target customers are technology shops around the world. Thus we want our logo and website's look and feel to be appealing to techies and geeks (Not ...
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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 ...