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

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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?

I am using Light-on-dark color scheme (dark background with light text) in my application. My question is, what are the negative and positive aspects of this color scheme and why this color scheme ...
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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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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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Best Way to Darken a Color Until it is Readable?

What's the best way to darken a color until it is readable? I have a series of titles which have an associated color, but some of these colors are very light and any text drawn in them is unreadable. ...
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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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Why are most social networking sites in blue?

Why do most social media websites use blue as the main color? e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, foursquare, ... I am only interested in answers based on some scientific research.
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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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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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Choosing high contrast text color (in relation to background color) dynamically

My application has an area with some number of controls. Each control's background color expresses a state of some sort. The controls are also numbered via some text in their foreground. For ...
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Why are primary/call-to-action buttons usually plain blue?

I understand the reasoning for using blue in general, for backgrounds, etc... What I'm asking about is the blue in twitter bootstrap framework and other similar frameworks. It seems to become a sort ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I highlight errors when bright red is the main color of the brand?

I'm working on a mobile website for a client whose main brand color is red. The website header and headings are all red. CTA buttons are red too. How can I effectively separate errors (mostly in form ...
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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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Are dark non neutrals colors suited for page backgrounds or is it more advisable to go for neutral colors like black or dark grey?

I am just finishing up a site for a non profit and we are having a bit of a debate of about what the background color should be I have been trying to emphasise on the need for a neutral color like ...
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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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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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What effect would a grayscale color scheme have on UX?

I am thinking of designing a website that will have no color other than black, gray, and white (including links). Will the absence of colors such as blue, green, etc. affect the user experience of ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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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 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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Is this hard to read?

This is a snippet on a site i have just been building. I considered the readability etc, and the corporate colours, and tried to work with them. Actually, I find it quite relaxing to read and view, ...
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Intuitive colour pickers for non-expert users?

Does anyone have examples of favourite colour pickers (as UI elements, not dedicated color-picking apps or sites) for common, 'everyday' colours - not for RGB or HSL values? I find traditional colour ...
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Easiest to read fonts

Has there been studies to determine what fonts make it easiest to read? I'm interested in the font type, but also size and color. For example, is dark gray better than pitch black? Also of interest ...
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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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What is the reasoning behind grayscale icons?

Quite a few web applications have started utilizing gray(black) scale icons, for example Github,new Google Analytics, etc. Even applications like Firefox 4, Chrome, IE9, iTunes, Mac OS, have dropped ...
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Dark screens in cars

I am a designer just preparing an app for the "in car" area. Normally we have a bunch of colors to use and we usually use dark colors on a light background. Now our client came up with some question ...
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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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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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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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full-color icons vs. greyed-out icons in menus

Icons in menus are often full-color. Even though the page an icon/menu item controls is not active, the icon still appears in its normal hues. To distinguish the icon which is active, a designer will ...
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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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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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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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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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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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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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What's a good modification/alternative to differentiating categories by colour when the number of categories grows large?

We have an application in which users carry out similar tasks on different types of reports. As such, the user's first interaction with the app is to select a Report Type. To make it easy to tell at a ...
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Why is the close button in the title bar red in Windows 7?

Perhaps to prevent users from closing the window or application inadvertently? But is it also a distraction because the color of red stands out? Any insights?
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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 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 is there a contradiction between red in software and in workshop hardware?

If we often use red in software to warn someone to think before interacting with something, like a delete button for example, why do serious power tools like circular bench saws have big red buttons ...
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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 ...