Colors and Artwork – Subpost 3

4 Feb

Seeing nice color combinations always sends shivers down my spine.

I want to be able to work with these color combinations and make beautiful webpages.

So of course, I have to devote some time to learning color theory and how it affects our perception of websites. When you search up “color theory for web designers” or something like that on Google, one of the results obtained is http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/design-theory/an-introduction-to-color-theory-for-web-designers/. The reason why I chose this page is that I actually found the web page’s design appealing, and thus I knew that the author knew what he or she was talking about. After all, the majority of the websites out there claiming to help web designers do not, ironically, seem to be the best-looking out there. Ironic, isn’t it?

Color theory consists of three areas: Complementation, Contrast, and Vibrancy. Complementation refers to the relationship between colors. Contrast helps to direct the viewer’s attention and can reduce eyestrain. (The examples used in the website really drive it home). Vibrancy directs the emotion and feel of the page.

Now, on to the meat of the crash course. The triadic color scheme seems interesting, and I think it would be good for pages that want to really capture the viewer’s attention at specific areas. The compound color scheme may suggest a dichotomy or split between sections of a page, or can indicate differences such as those between headers and content. The analogous color scheme would probably be good for general-purpose aesthetics.

The article points to a tool called “Color Scheme Designer 3,” at http://colorschemedesigner.com/. I can’t wait to play around with it, and possibly learn from the results it produces.

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One Response to “Colors and Artwork – Subpost 3”

  1. vickytarver February 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    This is a great site to learn from! Color is so important.

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