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Effective design is more important that exciting design If this is a system you want users to feel comfortable learning and using frequently, your primary goal should be to provide an interface (including a set of colors) that allows users to manipulate their cloud files as quickly and effectively as possible. Once that goal has been accomplished, you can ...


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Don't create over simplicity that user can't find files easily (in your case) or can't differentiate different areas of your app.... Grouping similar items in grey boxes or showing active area of interaction with different background color is commonly used in APP UI Design Like in your example, i can only see two file types blue and purple, but what about ...


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Differentiation is critical You don’t need “bright” colors to do it. In your example, the blue is nice and bright, but the view overall feels terribly monotonous and dull. It’s heading in the right direction with file type icons, but the impact is deadened because they’re all bounded by the same square of color (all but one). ...


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This is also just an opinion but it is based on some facts. Just like @DA01 has a hunch on question comments, most probable answer is "because someone on the OS UI team decided to make it that way". But why such a choice was made? The same can be asked about links, why they are blue. I have always explained the reason for these color choises to be the ...



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