What Colors do Designers like on a Website's Home Page?

9 May 2008 - 5:31pm
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harvinder
2007

We are a design and usability staffing company redesigning our website.
While we have come closer to the layout for our website's home page we are
having a debate on the colors to use on the home page. Since our target
audience would be designers and usability people would you like to suggest
what colors would be appealing to you. I can also send you the
sample/prototype of home page individually if you would like me to and give
some suggestions.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks

Harvinder Singh
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9 May 2008 - 6:58pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> We are a design and usability staffing company redesigning our website.
> While we have come closer to the layout for our website's home page we are
> having a debate on the colors to use on the home page.

You might be asking the wrong question. Instead of asking what colors
designers will like (answer: all of them, depending on who you ask), ask
what personality, mood, theme, etc, you're trying to communicate. Color
choices should be part of the result of that answer.

-r-

9 May 2008 - 7:12pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM, Harvinder <harvinder at bestica.com> wrote:

> We are a design and usability staffing company redesigning our website.
> While we have come closer to the layout for our website's home page we are
> having a debate on the colors to use on the home page.

Hi Harvinder,

Preferred colors is a tough question to answer - ask any two designers and
you'll probably get three different opinions.

What I'd suggest instead is that you work with your designers to strengthen
your brand. This includes fonts, colors, logo, layout choices. Make the
colors you select work for you. Imagine them on your business cards, your
letterhead, the polo shirts you wear to conferences, the sign outside on the
building, your company logo. Be consistent with your brand identity and
colors across all corporate communications, including your website, biz
cards, etc. When design-focused recruiters do this it makes me think that
they are professionally savvy enough to employ strong design talent.

Two Seattle-area design recruiters who I feel do a good job with their own
branding are FILTER (http://www.filtertalent.com/) and Big Fish (
http://www.gobigfish.com/jobList.aspx). Each of these agencies has a bit of
a twist to their brand. FILTER gives away a muchness of branded swag at
design events. Big Fish emails have fun ASCII art signatures (fish with
bubbles).

So try and think bigger than just your website. When your brand is right,
your website visual designers will have a much easier time. Hope this is
helpful, all the best,

Michael Micheletti

9 May 2008 - 7:21pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

On May 9, 2008, at 3:31 PM, Harvinder wrote:

> We are a design and usability staffing company redesigning our
> website.
> While we have come closer to the layout for our website's home page
> we are
> having a debate on the colors to use on the home page. Since our
> target
> audience would be designers and usability people would you like to
> suggest
> what colors would be appealing to you. I can also send you the
> sample/prototype of home page individually if you would like me to
> and give
> some suggestions.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Blue, no... Clear!

- -

Jeffrey D. Gimzek | Senior User Experience Designer

http://www.glassdoor.com

9 May 2008 - 7:50pm
dszuc
2005

Suggest also looking at longer term impacts of color after continued
use of a site and function. For example, a color may look nice on the
first, second and third visit etc but may become increasingly
distracting or even annoying after continued use.

One way to test this is have user try tasks on functions on a number
of different color combinations and see what they like overall (when
color no longer becomes the key focus)

rgds,
Dan

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9 May 2008 - 8:47pm
Jennifer Vignone
2008

I would suggest that you consider your brand colors and any desire to
have the color selections for the overall site work with those
colors, thereby providing a resonance with the brand message and a
color foundation to the design.

Jennifer Vignone
jennifervignone at earthlink.net
www.vignone.com
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10 May 2008 - 3:28pm
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

Be aware that colors convey meanings too, but they differ from culture
to culture. So I guess you should chosse the one closest to what you
want it to mean.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_psychology

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13 May 2008 - 1:05pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

I feel turquoise this morning.

-o.

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 5:58 PM, Robert Hoekman Jr <robert at rhjr.net> wrote:

> >
> > We are a design and usability staffing company redesigning our website.
> > While we have come closer to the layout for our website's home page we
> are
> > having a debate on the colors to use on the home page.
>
>
> You might be asking the wrong question. Instead of asking what colors
> designers will like (answer: all of them, depending on who you ask), ask
> what personality, mood, theme, etc, you're trying to communicate. Color
> choices should be part of the result of that answer.
>
> -r-
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