Questions tagged [color-scheme]

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

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Colour stripes in chart

I've been given a very limited colour palette to work with for a number of charts. Because the palette is limited, it's been suggested that using the same colours but with patterns such as stripes (...
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'Open' signs on commercial buildings - why are most of them red? [closed]

I am in the process of designing a nice OPEN sign, and I noticed that the vast majority of them are red. This seems bizarre to me, yet green open signs look odd. I just wondered if anybody knew why ...
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What are HTML colors that could be used for a 4 level performance measurement (Poor, OK, Good, Great) that would work with color blind people?

Perhaps, for users with Red-Green color blindness, the colors below are OK b/c the user can differentiate (I think) between read and light green. And for Red/Dark-Green they could easily tell one is ...
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On TV, when you see an infomercial, why do they use jarring colors?

When you see an infomercial "buy now" type commercial on TV, they always use the jarring contrast of big yellow font on a blue background with a small viewport of video displaying the product. Does ...
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Dark admin theme - is it wise?

Would it be wise to create a dark-themed admin screen? As in not just the header/footer/menu area is dark (eg, black / dark grey), but the areas where content are as well. Does it put more strain on ...
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Usage of color and other UI elements in a diagram with two categorizations

Following diagram represents results of election, grouped by province, and then by parties. Interactivity is also introduced for hovering over legend, as displayed in the picture: (here is also live ...
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Flat UI how to indicate tappable zones with colors without “overdoing it”?

I'm building a game which will use quite a lot of flat UI elements and colors. This is my first ever time doing flatUI, and I want to make sure that I don't over do it. I read that flat UI uses bold ...
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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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Denote different color schemes in a list setting iOS

In my app, a person can have a variable amount of lists they've created. Each of these lists can have their very own color scheme. In the view where all the lists are shown that the user has created, ...
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Color Combination

I am trying to create a webpage and I don't know much about UX. I am quite confused about the colour combination of text. Like here(in the picture) I used two different colours for the Title and Tag ...
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Best Practices for call to action buttons on non e-commerce site?

I am designing a corporate website for a software company, with primary colour scheme comprising of red, black and white. Breaking away from this colour scheme will just look wrong, and I do not want ...
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What algorithm to use to change colors on dusk / dawn? [closed]

I have a fullscreen program (written in Python / Tkinter if this matters) which is displayed 24h/24 on a typical monitor. I would like to use correct colors (correct = physiological) to move from a ...
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Colours in cultures : where does the data come from?

I've just come across a chart called "Colours in Cultures" that you can find here : http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/colours-in-cultures/ Since I'd rather not bother the author ...
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On news apps, how does using a different colour for each category help the user?

On news websites and news apps, a specific colour is often used for the link to each category (background colour or underline colour), and I would like to understand how this is helpful for the user, ...
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What should I use to represent “too high” and “too low” with icons and/or colors? [closed]

I'm working on a project where we will present the user with a grid of rows, each of which has a value that's too high or too low (a value associated with the row is higher or lower than the range it'...
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How to test for the best colour of an online store?

I already ran a test set up as following: I told the users what they were going to buy, showed them the same webpage in eight different colours (four webpages on two rows), and asked them on which ...
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Should I use a single gradient or plain color background for my app?

I have an app with a screen for a list, a screen for a photo preview, a screen with fields for entering data and of course a splash screen. Should I use a single gradient/plain color background for ...
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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?

How should you determine the difference between colors of visited vs unvisited links? As an example: I'm working on a theme where link color is purple. I need some suggestion on visited link color ...
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Is it a good idea to use colour-pickers on websites?

Is it a good idea to have a popup menu on a website, where a user can change the overall colour scheme of a website, as in logo, fonts, background, everything? This would be in a web application, not ...
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Colours of clickable links in webdesign

This is a redesign of my website im doing: http://www.ryansmurphy.com/redesign/ As you can see, its largely a work in progress, im trying to do a flat ui design. I can tell you now, I am in no way ...
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Do you account for colours looking different depending on the background?

I have a website with a white background, but dark grey header. I like to use #09F (light blue) for hyperlink text, but they look a lot different depending on whether the background is dark or light. ...
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Dyslexia friendly colors for wider audience?

I have met few dyslexic people and asked them about their reading style. Some of them said that typing on black key board with white writing is easier for them, it helps them identify the shape of ...
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What is wrong with my color selection?

Our customer said they wanted a minimalistic user interface, with a Windows 8 feel. However, I am a developer and do not have any experience with user interfaces. So, I went ahead and found the color ...
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Effect on usability if I use green and red colors (for meaning) in an app whose color scheme does not include those colors?

I am working on an application that models physical hardware to the user. As such, showing things colored red seems to be a very natural way to communicate an error state, and showing them green ...
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What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog to increase the readability of the text? [closed]

http://nomad.so/ What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog (above) to increase the contrast of the text? i don't really want to change the overall design, just tweak the colours to improve ...
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Putting content in white boxes on grey backgrounds

Why do sites like Google+ and the new upcoming Facebook news feed put their content in white boxes on grey backgrounds? Are there any benefits to this compared to say an all white background like ...
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Colors for 6 possible activity statuses

I have a GANTT planning application where each activity or job has a status. In the next release users asked for the possibility to add colors to activity statuses however I need to choose a standard ...
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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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Colour as a coding mechanism [duplicate]

When using colour as a coding mechanism, the number of colours used should be: a. 7 or fewer b. 9 or fewer c. 6 or fewer d. 8 or fewer Potentially a question for cognisc Stack Exchange but this ...
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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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Best to have color scheme match or compete with the bezel on a mobile device?

Consider this situation: I have an iPad (or other tablet) app, and I can assume that all devices that are using my app have a black bezel. Should the color scheme of my app be dark (to match the bezel)...
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Changing a White Background to…?

I am in the process of creating a website. Currently the website has a solid white background with black text. However, on different monitors the white background can be blinding bright. I have ...
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What is the validity of contrast and colours tests?

I just ran a contrast and colour test (using checkmycolours.com in this case) on our corporate site (www.dotblue.net; if you care) and it reports quite some failures. However, I explicitly optimized ...
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Shades of Green for age status [closed]

I am building a cab booking application, and I need to differentiate the various cabs in the vicinity by their age. Age in the sense how long back did they update their current location. If they ...
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What's the best color to represent authorization? [closed]

I need to represent a color for authorization, right now I have a green like #8CBE29 but does not conbine with the other colors on the table
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Is it advisable to use own color scheme for Android app

Android does come with 2 default color scheme : Holo light and Holo dark. I was wondering, is it advisable to use own color scheme in Android app? What kind of consideration we should taken in, when ...
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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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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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Color schemes for text ads

What are the most effective color schemes for text ads? Google's default is blue for headlines, black for body texts and green for links. The Norwegian Color Empire gave the "Color of the year" award ...
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How should I format question-response sections in a document?

I work on proposals that need to be formatted in question-response sections. Currently, we use different colors to distinguish between questions and responses. However, members of my team want to make ...
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Best way to identify different element states?

I maintain a reporting app and currently we're trying to come up with a new way to organize our settings page. We display our settings in a table, this is used for displaying the setting/values only. ...
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Stressless user experience for data entry forms

We're currently discussing a redesign of the applications we develop for internal use. Now, to change things for the better, we'd like to make as many UX considerations as possible before we go ahead. ...
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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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Coloring Schemes

I am very new to mobile programming...basically just starting to fiddle with it today. :) I remember a project I did back in school that surveyed people (at a mall lol) and I asked them which text ...
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Better to Auto-change skins or allow selection?

I am designing a site with 3 basic skins. Each skin corresponds to a "team". Generally these teams face off about once a week or so in major tournaments, and one of the 3 teams will always win. For ...
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Is there any research on the color schemes which work with different genders

I am working on designing an eCommerce site where the focus is a user group with the age group of 30+ women with expensive tastes and I was trying to find if there is any research on the color schemes ...
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Mobile app considering ecology - is it possible to blend light green into calm scheme?

At workplace I was asked to design the interface for mobile application (for tablets and mobile phones). I'm not a professional designer so I got stuck already with the colour scheme. This ...
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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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Colors for the date period

I'm want to emphasise date period(2 dates: start and end) in table cell. Usually it's green for start and red for the end, but I believe it'll be too distracting...
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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 ...