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the choice of colors used in design for a range of media

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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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Choosing a set of colors [closed]

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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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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Alternate row in Microsoft Modern UI (Metro)

Can I use alternate colors for rows using Metro design guidelines? And if I've multiple ListBox in the same view which is the suggestion? Can I use alternate colors (the same for each control)? I ...
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Which colors would best convey 3 difficulty levels?

I'm making a baby toy/game to learn numbers and I have a menu with 3 buttons. The first button enters "learn mode", the second button is an easy quiz, and the third button is a medium quiz. Are there ...
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Which color scheme to choose for applications that require long work hours?

I'm working on a ERP / Accounting (lots of tables and data) web app and was wondering what color scheme would be appropriate for this type of application? Users will be sitting in front of their ...
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Best error color on blue color?

I have the color: #4285f4 and I'm looking for a easy to read error color code. I'm using Google's default error color: #dd2c00. However this doesn't read very well on the page...
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What is a good color combination, visibility for outside use

I am designing the layout for a touchscreen for outside use, What are some good color combination to use that will be visible under the sun light for outside use? Maybe bright neon colors?
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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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Tablet interface design when used outdoors - handling bright light

I have a line-of-business tablet application that is used outdoors day and night in a vehicle. One of the users recently provided feedback that they find it difficult to read the screen when wearing ...
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Mobile Chat UI - Color of the bubbles

I'm wondering why in most mobile chats the message I write has a color background and white text (example: blue background and white text, like facebook) and the response is on grey background with ...
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Changing Colour of Social Media buttons to match Colour Palette

I'm interested in getting opinions on changing the colour of social media buttons (facebook/twitter/linkedin sign-up and login as well as sharing) to better fit in with the colour pallet of our ...
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Choosing colors for a subtle UI

I'm currently agonizing over how light I can make various colors in my UI before I adversely affect usability. The reason for the agonizing is that different monitors have different responses. Those ...
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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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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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Should software for 8 to 14 year olds be colourful and “childish”?

I am developing a learning application for children somewhere between 8 and 14 years as part of my masters degree in Computer Science. I have absolutly no formal UI design background and in the past ...
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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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Colours that represent beginner, intermediate and expert

Are there any guiding principles around what colours might represent beginner, intermediate and expert users in a forum site? At first I was thinking green (beginner), orange (intermediate) and red (...
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Should we risk using colors other than blue in Web apps?

Trends: New Colors (we’re looking at you, #00A0D1) If there’s one thing that’s been stagnant in the design community, it’s the originality with colors. Sixty percent of the applications on my ...
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Background colour suitable for both black and white text

In my web page i have a black textured background and in foreground light blue, white, gray, yellow color texts are present. Colors that doesnt go with black color background are not visible. Can ...
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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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What is the most dyslexia friendly colour combination

Following on from this question I asked a while ago: What is the most dyslexia friendly font? I'd like now to know whether there are any colour combinations (or sets of colour combinations from ...
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Multipart progress / status bar colours

I am working on an application that needs to show users their currents status / progress in performing a task on a number of items. There are three states that each item can have: New (blue) - ...
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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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How to measure the contrast between any given color and white?

When displaying white text on a colored background, I guess that the text is more-or-less legible depending on some kind of contrast between that color and white. My question is, is there a formula ...
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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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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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Importance of colors in a mobile application?

I am software + hardware engineer who possibly does a same common job as others with a similar qualification. I am under the process of designing, developing and publishing a mobile application where ...
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Charts: Unlimited data, limited colors

Currently I am tasked to create a JavaScript plugin that builds 3 charts: Stacked bar chart Pie chart Multi-line chart These charts are to be styled ala Bootstrap. I am evaluating colors at the ...
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What is a good color indicator for showing upcoming dates?

I have a web page that shows a list of due dates. i have it in a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups\ I am making dates that are in the past (...
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How many primary colours should my web page design have? [closed]

Is there any possible number of colours that I am forced not to exceed according to ux principles? for example : am I able to use 3 or 4 primary colours in w web page design?
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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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Reason that most (business) applications have a blue theme?

Most applications use blue as their central color, particularly business applications (e.g. Windows uses blue in most of it's chrome). I am being pushed to use purple throughout our current ...
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Best way to choose color combination from palette?

I have the following scenario: This is a color picker for a software we're developing. Basically we have different Groups for Items and Items are displayed as boxes in a grid with a given color ...
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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 ...
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Why do video monitoring system UI use a dark background?

I am working on designing the UI of a video monitoring system. After I did some research, I found out that most designers use a dark background to be the primary color. Does anyone know the reason ...
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What objective arguments can be provided to prove that a colour scheme for an app is bad?

We have a design for an app developed by an external agency and our business people seem to be happy with it. But it’s really terrible - the colours are too bright, the text is difficult to read and ...