Questions tagged [color-scheme]

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

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Generic input and output colours

I'm developing a game which features various power creating devices, machines that require power and cables to link the two together. Because of a bug that caused the cables to drag power from the all ...
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Is there a color that signals “selected item with error”? [duplicate]

I have a list with items. Items have errors and therefore are displayed with a red font color. When one of these items is selected it is hard to read the text of the item, because the selection color ...
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What color to choose as “danger” if the main color of my app is red

I'm having this question wrapped around my head for quite some time. The thing is that my main application has a red color theme. And for just cancel buttons I used to use just gray colors but now ...
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Practical 'lightest' shade of grey for contrast with white

I often use a light shade of grey such as rgb(242,242,242) in my designs to provide a subtle contrast to white, e.g. for the background of alternating rows in a table. I can easily distinguish ...
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Do colors red and green necessarily signify opposites

In some cultures red signifies stop and green go - stop and go can be considered opposites. Is it really different in other cultures? But suppose I wanted to show a screen with only two buttons, ...
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What color scheme to choose for background color of different section in one page website? [closed]

I have a website page with different sections like about us and contact us. I was learning about color wheel schemes but it is still unclear if I should use complementary or analogue scheme for ...
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Inclusive notification scheme incorporated into design systems

It seems like the standard RED, YELLOW, GREEN and BLUE colours are used in notification schemes/styles in the most popular development frameworks like Material.io and Bootstrap. Of course, colours ...
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Usage of colors and background - Header and Footer | eCommerce

Are there any key UX research references for the usage of colours on an ecommerce website? Looking for any research data so that we can make objective decisions. Our brand colour is a Deep orange and ...
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Spreadsheet Cell Color Conventions

Is there some convention for coloring certain spreadsheet cells with certain colors to indicate the meaning/type of cell? Excel provides the following. Is that an Excel thing or a broader color ...
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If orange is hated by both men and women, why successful companies choose it? [closed]

Reading this site on choosing colors, saw this infographic, claiming orange is most hateful to both men and women. My question is why companies like Amazon chose orange as their primary color if it ...
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Is it ok to mix black with other bright colors in the UI?

I'm a UI developer at a small organization. I've been developing an application and I chose orange, black and white as the predominant colors in the palette. You can see the attached image to get an ...
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Salesmanship: How to differentiate two fulfilment statuses when both should seem attractive

My client is asking me to design text labels, iconography and colouring for two «fulfilment statuses» (apologies if that's the wrong term). Both should seem attractive to a potential customer. The ...
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What is the color associated with lukewarm?

I'm designing a web application that crowdsources user response to another user's initiative (or project idea). The overall user response to the initiative is represented using a status component with ...
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Specifying semantic colors in design manuals

Is there any meta-analysis of Corporate Design Manuals or a guideline for developing CDs that includes which semantics CDMs associate with colors? What are they like, i.e. which kinds of semantic ...
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Syntax highlighting color conventions

I am about to design a (light) syntax highlighting color theme. Are there any conventions (apart from accessibility) I should take in account. Comments quite often appear in a bright grey for ...
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How do I design a beautiful 6 month calendar view with 15+ event types?

I have designed a calendar web application at my work, and it has been well recieved. So well that multiple departments of my company has adapted it, and requested their own categories for their ...
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Visualisation of the state of roads on a map

I am designing a website with different kind of roads for bikers. I am looking for a way to show on a Google maps overlay what the state of the roads is. What is the best practice of this? There are ...
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Colour palette progression to indicate priority

I need to use colour to indicate priority. Say, there are 20 priority levels. What is the best way to use colour to achieve this? My thoughts so far are: I'm leaning towards using shades of a single ...
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How to decide dashboard's general buttons when having multiple clients with different colors each?

I have this project, where I have to implement text, raised and ghost buttons depending on the different sections. It's kind of a wizard-style app, with a dashboard with steps to complete and submit. ...
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Should every website have a dark mode? [closed]

Personally I love websites with dark mode. It doesn't matter whether it's day or night, I always use dark mode whenever I can. But when I build some websites myself, I feel like dark mode isn't a ...
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Maximum contrast ratio for good accessibility

So we are remaking an enterprise app from scratch. This time we want to base our design decisions on proper research. Our users use the app 24/7 with high requirements for UX. So our main goal is to ...
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Why consoles/terminals usually have a black background?

In unix and window systems, the console has a black background. Is this historical or is there any UX reasoning behind it? I'm working on a web based terminal and giving the window the look and feel ...
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Color Palette Accessibility for White Text Button Labels

Background: I'm currently working with trying to bring text accessibility into the visual design of a SaaS product suite, which has cross-product primary and system feedback colors and a number of ...
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Bootstrap nav bar with variable background color - best way to handle this?

I'm working on the UX for an application with a bootstrap top navigation bar whose background color will not be consistent because resellers can change it to match their branding. At the moment, the ...
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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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Vice versa colors for on and off hover of buttons [closed]

How should we choose the color for buttons is there a should always be a dark and light colour or two differed colors. What will be the best strategy for choosing colours. And is it should always be ...
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How to choose a color combination for main header and sub-headers for better UI and UX?

I'm always confused about the BG (background) colors or a header and sub-header of a website or an app. There can be at least 3 options to choose BG for them: 1. A dark color for main header and a ...
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Are there rules for warm and cool grey tones be used together in UIs? [closed]

I am currently working on redesigning a web app and want to reduce the amount of colors used, espcially the lot of different grey tones - warm and cool mixed up as accents for UI elements and the ...
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potentially color-blind person: how to choose colors for a graph [duplicate]

I have a chart with 5 curves (curves 1-5). A person told me that colors 1 vs. 2 as well as colors 3 vs. 5 are difficult to distinguish. While I can understand that 3 and 5 are somewhat similar, the 1 ...
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Which colour to choose for 'updated' field?

I'm designing a user interface, which will contain fields that the user can edit. Each field can have 4 states: Unchanged (field has the same value). Added (field has a value, where it didn't before)...
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Why are X, Y and Z axes represented by Red, Green, and Blue?

It is pretty standard that 3d axis, XYZ, is represented as red green blue, respectively. Why is this and who first proposed the colors in that configuration?
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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 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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What should be the color of ON state so that user doesn't switch it off?

I am working on one plugin for the Outlook. This plugin is for email sharing. When user tries to compose email a notification butter bar will come up in compose window and will say that particular ...
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What have studies shown about different dark background colours

I am looking to redesign a website over which I have little control outside the colour scheme. I want to find usability evidence to back up my change decisions, or else use that evidence to adjust my ...
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Making colorPrimary and colorPrimaryDark the same. Good Or Bad idea?

I'm natively Android developer. Recently I'm trying a new thing that to make colorPrimary and colorPrimaryDark the same. Does it act upon user impression somehow? I'm giving an example what it looks ...
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When is usability over design more important?

Im creating a dashboard webpage for desktop and have a side bar as a navigation. The title is white and the dashboard names are white. When looking at it, the white color makes it seem as if the ...
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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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Why is the background of common motion capture systems black?

Popular commercial MoCap systems (Vicon, Motive, etc.) tend to have black backgrounds for their workspace environment. Is there any non-trivial reason for this convention? I'm currently working on a ...
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Should sections (sidebars, etc.) have a distinct background colour?

Consider the following layout: It's divided into four horizontal sections using borders, each with their own heading. On the web and desktop, it's a common pattern to give sections a distinct ...
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What are these called in UX design?

I have been tasked with creating an information (e.i. helpful tip) scrolling bar for a mobile application. I am not very satisfied with my choices of color. So I am trying to look for outside ...
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UI based on individual data / dynamic / generative

I am looking for examples where the UI is designed based on the individual user data. Not just a customizable profile page, more automated individual color palette / layout / typography / ??? ...
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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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Why do Photoshop and Krita use grayscale icons? [closed]

The toolbox in both applications use icons that have no colors. What's the reasoning behind this? What are the pros and cons? I've heard that some people can get overwhelmed by colors... is that it? ...
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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 ...
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Maximum number of Color-Codes

What do you think is the maximum number of color-codes you should use in a web project? Suppose you use the optimal combination of colors in order to get the best usability. For better understanding, ...
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Logical colors for a wireframe

I got a mail from a designer to do some wireframes. He has told me that the wireframe should have logical colors. Is there really some theory to the colors for wireframes? I have made some ...
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What color scale to use for heat map with positive and negative values?

I am trying to see what the most intuitive or most conventional color scale would be for a heat map with values that can be either positive or negative (percent difference from expected). e.g., -50%, ...
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Seasonal response to app color schemes

As I get ready to launch my mobile app I am in the process of reviewing a number of UI/UX issues. The app in question is broadly best described as a "shopping app". I find myself wondering - are ...
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Choosing the right background color (Contrast issues)

I interesting issue over here. I'm designing a "photo editor" app. I have already choose my primary color. Issue: I'm trying to understand what is the best way to choose "smart" background color ...