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Color Theory: Brief Guide For Designers.

Many people think the choice of colors for UI mostly depends on the designer’s taste and sense of beauty. However, the process of the color selection is more complicated than it seems and plays a significant role in design. In one of our previous articles devoted to color psychology, we’ve found out that colors have the great impact on our mood and behavior. That’s why the success of the product depends largely upon the colors chosen for the design. The research provided by Colorcom showed that it takes only 90 seconds for people to make a subconscious judgment about a product and between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone. So, the appropriately chosen colors can be useful on the way of improved conversion for your product as well as advance usability of the product.

 

To create good design and employ colors more effectively, you need to understand how colors are formed and how they relate to each other. That’s why students at art schools, colleges and universities study the science of color theory devoted to colors’ nature. Today, we offer you to remember (or maybe even learn) the basics of color theory about the color combination which can be effectively applied in your design creating process.

 

Color Wheel

 

If you had any lessons related to painting, you must have seen the circle consisting of different colors. It is called the color wheel which helps to understand how different colors relate to each other and how they can be combined. The color circle is usually built of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The primary are those three pigment colors that can not be formed by any combination of other colors. Combining primary colors, we get the secondary ones, and the mix of the primary and secondary colors gives us the tertiary colors which usually have two-word names such as red-violet.

 

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The color circle was created in 1666 by Isaac Newton in a schematic way and since then it has gone through many transformations but still remains the main tool for color combination.The main idea is that the color wheel must be made that way so colors would be mixed appropriately.

 

Color models

 

Before you start mixing colors you need to understand that color has two different natures: the tangible colors which are the surface of objects and the others which are produced by light such as the beams of TV. These types create two color models by which color wheel is formed: additive and subtractive.

 

The additive color model considers red, blue, and green as primary colors so it’s also known as RGB color system. This model is the basis of all colors used on the screen. The combination of primary colors in equal proportions of this system produces secondary colors which are cyan, magenta and yellow, but you need to remember that the more light you add, the brighter and lighter the color becomes. Results obtained by mixing additive colors are often counterintuitive for people accustomed to the subtractive color system of paints, dyes, inks and other tangible objects.

 

The subtractive color model obtains colors by the subtraction of light. It consists of two color systems. The first is RYB (red, yellow, blue) also known as artistic system often used in art education, especially in painting. RYB was the basis for the modern scientific color theory which determined that cyan, magenta, and yellow are the most effective set of three colors to combine. This is how the color model CMY has been formed. It was mostly used in printing and when the photomechanical printing included black ink, the key component, the system was named CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Without this additional pigment, the shade closest to black would be muddy brown.

 

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Additive vs subtractive

 

You should remember the major difference between these two systems: additive is for computers and subtractive for digital screens. If the design project you are working on is meant to be printed, don’t forget the simple but crucial rule: colors you see on the screen never look the same in print. Additive color spectrum is wider than CMYK, which is the reason why designers are recommended to convert their projects to the subtractive system of colors before printing so that they could see the result close to what they would get. However, if you work with digital products, RGB color system is the wise choice because it allows creating amazing things with its wide color spectrum.

 

Color Harmony

 

The word “harmony” usually associates with something orderly and pleasing. The color harmony is about the arrangement of the colors in design in the most attractive and effective way for users’ perception. When colors are organized, viewers feel pleased and calm, while disharmony in design gives the feeling of chaos and disgust. The color balance is vital in design since users make their impression of the website or application by the first look, and colors have the big influence. Designers distinguished the basic color schemes that work effectively.

 

Monochromatic

 

It is based on one color with various tones and shades of it. The monochromatic harmony is always a winning choice since it’s hard to make a mistake and create the distasteful color scheme.

 

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Deetu Business Cards

 

Analogous

 

To create analogous harmony, you need to use colors located right next to each other on the color wheel. This type of color scheme is used for the design where no contrast is needed including the background of web pages or banners.

 

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Night in Berlin App

 

Complementary

 

The complementary scheme is the mix of colors placed in front of each other on the color wheel. This scheme is opposite to analogous and monochromatic since it aims to produce high contrast. For example, the orange button on the blue background is hard to miss in any interface.

 

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Rome Illustration

 

Split-Complementary

 

This scheme works similar to the previous one but it employs more colors. For instance, if you choose the blue color you need to take two others which are adjacent to its opposite color meaning yellow and red. The contrast here is less sharp than in complementary scheme but it allows using more colors.

 

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Be Bright App

 

Triadic

 

When the design requires more colors you can try triadic scheme. It is based on three separate colors which are equidistant on the color wheel. To save the balance in with this scheme, it is recommended to use one color as a dominant, the other as accents.

 

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Toonie Halloween Stickers

 

Tetradic/Double-Complementary

 

The tetradic color scheme is for the experienced designers since it is the most difficult to balance. It employs four colors from the wheel which are complementary pairs. If you connect the points on the chosen colors they form the rectangle.The scheme is hard to harmonize but if you do everything right, the results may be stunning.

 

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MoneyWise App

 

Color theory is a complex science which requires more than one day to learn. However, it is vital to understand the basics so that you could create the effective design with the knowledge of what you’re doing.

 

Recommended reading

 

Here are some materials we could recommend for those who would like to get deeper into the topic:

 

Color in Design: Influence on Users’ Actions

 

Digital colour mixing explained

 

Color Systems — RGB & CMYK

 

Why Color Matters

 

Responding To Color


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Color in UI Design. Look on the Bright Side.

In visual arts, it seems sometimes that color is the soul of everything, breathed in by the artist into a creation. Color is power, actually. It can change the mood of the image in a blink of an eye. It can encourage, warn, appeal, frighten, highlight, persuade and so on and so forth. It can support the words or vise versa – steal their power. It can share an emotion without anything said. It can become a great weapon in hand of a master.

 

No wonder, in the sphere of UI design color is among the key things of creating efficient result. It is actually a multi-functional and diverse tool able to fulfill several needs simultaneously, such as the following:

 

— supporting recognizability and brand awareness;
— supporting readability;
— strengthening call-to-actions;
— satisfying aesthetic needs;
— sharpening navigation;
— enhancing intuitive interaction;
— beautifying visual solutions;
— creating clear and harmonic style.

 

One of leading designers in Tubik Studio, Ludmila Shevchenko is literally a person staying on the bright side of life every single moment of a day. If you check her portfolio on Dribbble, you will definitely see that even creating interfaces she is the artist always keen to take everything possible from the color and never afraid to experiment. Certainly, it doesn’t matter that working on the projects, she never creates minimalist or airy-light designs – when it’s needed and required, it’s done also with thorough attention to even the smallest color accents. However, when she creates concepts or projects, she is always avid to use all the power of color and brighten the world around. Today she has shared some of her ideas on using color in UI design based on her work on numerous design tasks for different target audiences.

 

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Calendar App by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Working over the first variants of style for an app or a website often feels like a bit of magic and color choices and combinations are obviously the major part of this process. When asked what could be a fairy wand on this path, Ludmila says that she would make it out of four main components actually basic for any creative process: a good mood, a desire to transfer positive emotions and feelings, inspiration and love for the job you do. This combination motivates to find great solutions being persistent and hard-working at this stage. This basic approach empowered with deep knowledge or art and readiness to search can bring out amazing and – what is more – efficient and user-friendly designs.

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Ludmila working over a UI concept

 

Let’s look through some tips in perspective of color choice and application in UI design.

 

Don’t be afraid of experiments

It’s not a secret that today designers have a great support in color choice in the aspect of making color matches. One of such helpful traits is a huge number of ready-made pallets of various combinations, sometimes even featured in sample screens and pages. Software and tools enabling a designer to catch different harmonic combinations between one breath and the other are getting more and more sophisticated and highly functional so they become a great help especially in cases of big workload and hot deadlines.

However, as usual, standing on the solid ground of ready-made solutions and standard well-checked combinations, designers should always be ready to add their own two cents as well as sometimes go far from the offered decisions. Don’t resist standard solutions; however, don’t see them as your Bible in design. Be ready and keen to experiment – this is the great way to develop your design skills and create something that is out of the box. Certainly, it doesn’t mean that this very moment you should start something revolutionary new, but still take your time for experimenting and thinking over new tricks. Stay wise but have no fear to let your creativity fly higher now and then.

 

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Free Colorful Wallpapers by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Don’t set strict limits of color palette in your portfolio

Your portfolio is actually your design face for the customers who do not know you personally. And for sure it’s only you who decides what this face will express. If you want to show only one side of your design style, if you want your potential customer to see you only smiling, or only deeply serious, or perhaps childish, than this tip is not for you. Limited color palette of portfolio works is one of the fastest ways to do it. Nevertheless, practice proves that showing diverse color choices and combinations in the portfolio in a harmonic way enhances better presentation of design skills and higher chances of getting involved into interesting design projects.

 

Try gradients

Sure, this advice as well as all the others should be used wisely. It has to be mentioned that in many cases designers today prefer to avoid gradients working out colors for their designs. However, gradients are able to liven the accomplished task and strengthen the potential of color in different design solutions.

 

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Stats Concept by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Colors should feel clean in any combinations

Trying different color combinations and their functional features in creating user-friendly interfaces, it is very important to remember that in any case, in even the most venturesome color matches and blends should feel clean. No dirt on a screen or a page. Clarity enhances usability rate, supports readability and makes all the colors do their best in their interface.

 

Try using colors as a background, not only in the work itself

It often happens that presenting their works, designers concentrate on the work itself not paying too much attention for the background colors. However, in many cases background color can become one more way to liven up the main image or screen and make it look even more efficient and expressive. Don’t miss the chance to try, perhaps it’s applicable right in your case.

 

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Travel Notes App by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Check the efficiency of color choice via black-and-white

Talking about interfaces, whose aim is not just to transfer visual message but also to enable easy and successful interactions with a product, a good way to check your solutions is black-and-white look of the accomplished screen. Observing it, you will quickly understand if the elements, which have to be noticeable and functional, work like this or get lost without colors. Don’t neglect this easy way to check the efficiency of your design as it will not only reveal ineffective combinations but also will easily show you what are the potential problems of your interface for color-blind users.

 

Get inspired by the art

Great way to get inspired and transform this inspiration right into the interface design is art. Classic art, modern art, digital art. Watercolors, oils, charcoals, pastels. Any kind of manifesto of artistic creativity which appeals to your heart strings. It is especially efficient in perspective of color choice and application and useful in case of creative block. Finding the sources of inspiration in works of artists who you like and admire is very helpful. Get inspired and try to create your interface like a piece of art. The results can be stunning not only for your clients but even for you personally.

 

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Art Gallery App by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Keep attention to details

Famous American designer Charles Eames said: “The details are not the details. They make the design”. That is a key law of working over UI design for applications or websites, in particular when you choose and combine the color palette. Nothing should be left without your thorough analysis and attention. Color is one of the methods to make all the details visible and therefore efficient. Although, color shades and shadows become an effective way to strengthen visual hierarchy of the elements and their interconnection.

 

Remember that usability is a key

Creating interfaces is never an act of pure creativity. It is the act of providing users with the product that will heal their pain and make their life happier. So, in perspective of color choices and usage in UI, designer should always remember that the interface should be highly usable and clear. All the slightest aspects of color choices should increase usability, utility and harmony. Use color coding of categories, provide color markers, use color to improve and speed navigation – there are so many aspects that can become much more efficient and user-centered just with the help of great power of color.

 

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Entertainment App by Ludmila Shevchenko

 


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