Web design/color selection

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by funkywhat2, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2002
    I have to do a web site for a group of friends of mine. I asked them for a couple of color cobinations for the group to chose from, and, instead chose the colors that one of the group members was wearing for a row of buttons - an olive/grey base, wand white text with nay blue rollover text. I say it's a bad idea and will be hard to read/look ugly. I decided that I would do what they want me to do, but will have a few mockups with better colors, just in case they flip and try to take it out on me.

    Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what colors I should use. I want to keep it to three or four colors, maybe five at the most. The body of the page will be black text on white, but special elements, buttons, dividers, borders for special things, etc. need color.

    Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    [​IMG]Alex (funkywhat2), perhaps some ultra violent red along with that black eye and that pure white synthic milk. Ahe?

    There are dozens of designers here. Moxiemike [​IMG], ChoMomma , neut , andEyeslikeart [​IMG] are all people with a good design sence. At least they post like they know what they are dooing and their sites look good. They should be able to offer some good advice. You look like a Stanley Kubrick fan. Perhaps you should look to him for some insperation, or perhaps the cover art from the books of Anthony Burgess .

    Here is an article I found.

    If you want to be vision friendly, take a look at this sites advice.

    My view is keep is simple and pleasing. And don't steal picts or direct link picts like I just did.

    Anything else might be a [​IMG] a sin.
  3. zoetropeuk macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2002
    Oxford UK
  4. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Re: Colour wheel software

    That's a sweet little app! :)
  5. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    I'd suggest buying a book on colour theory... ;)

    Also you can purchase 'Pallette Books" from Design Bookshops, these are like Pantone Swab books, that show different colours in different configuarations etc etc... Also gives you the RGB, Hex value etc... Totally invaluable for designers.

    Maybe take a partime 'Traditional' design course as well, one that teaches the basics of colour theory! :) So many people lack the basics... It's good to have a solid grounding!
  6. Moxiemike macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thanks for the props.

    I'll suggest a few.

    The idea they have, from what i'm visualizing, could work. But i'd stay away from dark blues with olive (as you can see) and go more earthy.

    It would help a bit if we knew what they did. :) let us know!
  7. funkywhat2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2002
    Thanks a lot, everyone. I'm just getting in to it, so the color theory book sounds like a good idea.

    I actually said a red and white, but they didn't like it. Once it have the site up, I'll be sure to post a link.

    I'm doing layouts today, and images this saturday. The final design should be up on sunday or monday.

    Thanks again.:D
  8. neut macrumors 68000


    Nov 27, 2001
    here (for now)

    you should really look into color fundamentals. i know of a great course, but it's on a corporate internal site :(

    go to a book store. flip through some color fundamentals books, go outside and look at natural color combos.

    as far as web colors go...the less the better. using lots of subdued color or greys really make any color (even just a little color) pop out at you. to much color is a bad thing.

    check these for nice color combos:

    to name a few.

    and of course there's my site (which i desperately need to work on, but i need to fish my album first...argh!)

    btw- Eniregnat, thanx for the note. i think thats the first time ive been referenced here...
  9. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Get the colour swabs as well if you can, they're not cheap, but are really superb and will open your design work up to colours you never knew exsisted... ;) :)

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