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I have recently been given images to implement as a webpage, the general pattern is that one or more (sub)views exist with a white/Light background, and the other panel is a single dark/black view with mostly summary data.

As the user navigates through the order of the panels exist (e.g. Step one, the panels are White|Black, but on step two it's Black|White). The pattern seems to be that the important stuff is lighter than the summary. But it keeps flipping form one side to another.

Is it more important that I'm consistent with which side of the page is dark vs light, or that I highlight the important information in light?

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    This isn't 1997, consistency goes a long way and there are many different ways to show critical information and/ or steps (or even helping to force certain actions in a natural way) without the weirdness of flip-flopping color schemes. – Austin French Mar 11 '15 at 12:57
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    I'd recommend you add some visual examples to your question - I'm sure you know what it looks like, but building a visual image from words is not easy. – Izhaki Mar 13 '15 at 22:28

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