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

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What's the best way to represent a number which is over/under a reference?

I work with a resource management web application. I have a grid of numbers (resources forecasts). I need to show in this grid if the numbers are over or under a reference (resources capacities). I ...
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Would it be easier to scan a list of grayscale profile pictures compared to colored?

Our search is giving a list of persons and their profile picture with some additional information, last updated, name & title. As of now, we are grayscaling the profile pictures, with full color ...
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Should the “zebra striping” data grid set-order column be highlighted, or is it enough that little arrow?

[For PC applications (desktop and web)] As a common rule, when showing data grids, and sorting data through one of its columns, a little arrow appears on that column (sometimes also, the header ...
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Monitors display more colors than human eye can distinguish

The human eye can differentiate about 10 million colors. A 24-bit display mode can produce about 16 million. Why, then, do operating systems have 32-bit and higher display modes if the apparent ...
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Should we use form button color to indicate task outcome?

I work in large company and We are building our UX guidelines for new applications. We have lots of legacy LOB applications with workflows that assign tasks to humans. Some of them are simple tasks ...
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Measuring how easy it is for a humans to distinguish two colors

From looking at the Hex values green "008000" and forestgreen "228b22" seem to be more different from each other than seagreen "2e8b57" and forestgreen "228b22" If simply add up the difference by ...
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How to color curves in a Timeseries Chart?

I have a realtime timeseries chart which should show a variety of values. To make it mor clear: It should contain values for a solar park. Therefore I have stuff like Voltage, Current, Power (absolute ...
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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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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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Basic color scheme for great readability

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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Why are Inverted Colors considered an accessibility feature?

Why is it that in most Operating Systems the "Inverted Colors" display setting is considered an accessibility feature? Both Windows and OS X includes this option so it seems to be a recognized ...
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How to find a color scheme that's also useful when printed in black and white?

I'm looking for a 5 color color-scheme that also useful when printed in black and white, respectively gray scale. The colors should be easily distinguishable from each other. How can i do that?
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How should you create simple, color-coded graphics for color-blind people when the graphics are particularly thin?

I'm starting to make a Flash puzzle game, and I started thinking about how to implement a color-blind mode. (I know there's a game development SE, but this is a user experience question.) To keep it ...
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New Android UI color palette docs, don't understand some colors names (A100, A200…)

About color palette: Android UI Color Palette What are the color starting with 'A' (A100, A200)?
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ux color combinations [duplicate]

is there a library/blog/sites that list some sleek/modern color combinations ? It is hard to find any resources. Finding patterns of ux components is easy but color combinations are hard.
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Why hover colors are often inverted

Recently I see more and more websites using color invertion as a hover visualization. For me it's really annoying as I usually start to read the first few words and than hover over the line to have a ...
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Why print the text of a color name in that color?

The other day I was driving behind a bus and it had a sign on the back that read "This vehicle does not turn on red" and the word "red" was colored red while the other text was black. Is there an ...
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Why does Google Spreadsheet not use the same colors on each computer when collaborating? [closed]

When you collaborate on a Google Spreadsheet, you find yourself speaking of other collaborators with their color (the blue one, the red one, the green one, ...), however, the colors do not match ...
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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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Dark on light versus light on dark for command line and development tools

I've been reading the very useful information in these two threads: Dark or white color theme is better for the eyes What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme I understand ...
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Dark on Light or Light on Dark? [duplicate]

For a very technical site documenting code, sharing code snippets, and documentation, I have been told that using dark fonts on light backgrounds is recommended for people being able to read the ...
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What are good contrast colors for a GUI application

I am developing a GUI desktop application using wxPython. It is not a website or any web application. I have four boxes in my GUI. I want them to be distinct. Of course They have a different ...
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Website theme change checklist

We are now changing the current UI to the new look, by just changing the font/logo and some graphical images. Current Site Looks like Generally i am trying to put all the changes in the document ...
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Why is blue used as a background color to indicate no signal?

To my knowledge most projectors' "No Signal" screen uses a blue background: This might also apply to the legendary Blue Screen of Death So why is blue the color of choice for such error ...
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Should a multinational website background color be a conscious choice?

We know that colors represent different things in different cultures, and selecting the wrong color can have unexpected and unwanted effect on how we present our organization. Gaming sites such as ...
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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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why do nearly all website use gray text instead of true black? [duplicate]

Why do most websites (including this one) use gray text (e.g. #333333) instead of black (e.g. #000000)? Is it to prevent eye strain? Wouldn't true black offer better contrast, particularly for those ...
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Should color only be used to indicate interactivity and state?

I'm looking for the best practices of the use of color for elements in a responsive design which will be used on both desktops and mobile devices. I feel like there are three spectrums of thoughts: ...
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Colourblindness in design

I'm doing a little research to see how many people are affected by colourblindness to see if it is useful for our company to put some extra attention into our designs for those who are colourblind. ...
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Is red an acceptable colour for a submit button on a form for a purchase or booking?

I have been drafted in to provide UX feedback on a recently completed website. One point I made was that red was not a suitable colour for a positive action, i.e. completing a form. The reply cited ...
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Is there any science way to find out the suitable contrast for text and background colour?

Here is the four text with different level of grey: As you can see, the first line is very difficult to read, and the last one is the best to read. So, is there any science number behind this ...
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Designing the UI of a chrome extension's popup

I just built a chrome extension for my college. It helps students know their total marks and % without manually adding their marks. The user doesn't interact with the popup. He only watches the ...
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iOS Color Picker User Experience

I'm creating an iOS game that allows the user to customize different parts of the main character with a color picker of three sliders. I'm wondering which would be better for the user experience, HSB ...
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Use of color for YouTube voting buttons

I am try to learn good UI design and have been looking through examples like YouTube to see how and why they do things. The design behind the voting buttons is confusing me. When the up vote button ...
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Is the color red really appropriate for form validation errors?

It seems to be taken for granted that the color red is appropriate to highlight errors. In the case of serious system errors, I agree. However, I'm having doubts that it's the right choice for user ...
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How does Windows 7 Aero taskbar determine button hover-state background colour [closed]

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the mouse-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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Is there an established gradient of colors reflecting completeness of a form?

We have a grid of lines, each of which needs all fields to be input and valid before becoming eligible to submit. There are a few states before reaching elibigility, and i'd like to indicate via the ...
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Dark or white color theme is better for the eyes? [duplicate]

This is not a programming question, but it concerns the programmer itself. So I don't know if it really belongs on this site. But my question is: what is better for the eyes, a dark color theme or a ...
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Should Income and Expense in money management app be red or green?

I'm designing a money management app, and I'm curious what does people react to the color red and green. Incomes should be displayed green or red? And expenses?
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Studies about yellow increasing readership of technical materials?

I have read contradictory opinions on this topics. In general it is thought that yellow is an intellectual color. The problem is that most of the "studies" seem very pseudo-scientific. Some point out ...
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How much darker should yellow be get the same contrast as other colors?

By how much should the color yellow be darkened to get the same contrast values as other colors displayed on a computer screen? This is something that i would do by sight, but i was wondering if ...
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Which map background color is best (from the perspective of ergonomics at the workplace)?

Which map background color (white, black, other?) is best from the perspective of ergonomics at the workplace? Certainly aspects play a role such as reflections, tiredness of the eyes, contrast and ...
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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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Completely redesign a website every so often? Good or bad?

The Managers where I work tend to want to redesign the website every year or so. Different layouts, color schemes, etc. I think they look at it so often they want to freshen it up and give it a new ...
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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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Is it possible to imitate sunset and -rise? [closed]

I reformulated my question entirely. So here we go again ;-) Lets say my goal is to imitate (parts of) the "sunset/sunrise happening" with or within a digital device. I want to transport that feeling ...
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Good colors to indicate presence (in/out)

I'm designing an app that allows people to indicate if they are in or out of the office. When they change state, I'm showing a pop-up screen with an in icon or an out icon. Currently the background ...
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How to show for user that the link is visited?

Is it good practice to make visited links different color from not visited links? Many browsers make visited links violet. Or is it good to remove underline from visited links if not visited 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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Allow users to change text and background color in my web app?

Background: I'm building a basic web app that's targeted toward (wait for it) academics. The app is entirely text-driven, and will not involve any images. It will incorporate some databases and longer ...