This week, I finally decided to tackle the subject
of fonts, colours and styling. I seem to remember
one of Chris' lectures (in particular) were
he mentioned that we should look at a variety
of media forms to compliment our major project
research, i.e. looking beyond examples of design
work online. So, with this advice in mind, I
began purchasing some design and computer related
magazines - I say began purchasing, because
I use to stand in a newsagents and take a flick
through many mags without buying them! I'm not
cheap, just resourceful!
I'm not cheap,
"Did you know that a site visitor forms
his or her first impression about your site
within the first nine seconds of a visit?
Making sure your colour scheme is in contour
with your site's content and visitors is very
important. You want the colour scheme to enhance
your site and its content, not distract or
confuse your users.
Colour gives users cues as to your site's
navigation, grouping of content, importance,
relationships, etc. For this reason, colour
is an essential element of Web site design." Vaishali
Now that I am in the midst of entering the development
stage, I felt that I must re-address my colour
research. The diagram opposite is of the colours
I originally planed on using for my major project
website. Consisting simply of three solid colours
and one with its opacity lowered, I felt that
these would suit the style of the project topic.
However, I feel that these colours are perhaps
a touch dull. In saying this, I am happy with
the choice of colours, but some tweaking is
required to acquire the right shade.
New Project Colours
Whilst I have kept the choice of solid colours
(green, blue and orange) I have selected two
additional from the colour palette, as depicted
Although I have "listed" six colours
in my chosen palette, not all of these will
be used for the overall site colours. I will
require different colours for the design of
poster style images and section headings etc.
* Colour palette updated 29th March.
Some common colour associations:
blood, energetic feeling, exciting, passionate
and/or erotic. The downside of red evokes
aggressive feelings, suggesting anger or violence.
Orange - flesh, friendly warmth of
the hearth fire, approachability, informality.
The negative side might imply accessibility
to the point of suggesting that anyone can
approach - a lack of discrimination or quality.
Green - nature (plant life, forests),
life, stability, restfulness, naturalness.
The downside to some tones of green is that
they might suggest decay (fungus, mold), toxicity,
Blue - male,
coolness, distance, spirituality, or perhaps
reserved elegance. Some shade of blue is flattering
to almost anyone. In its negative mode, we
can think of the "blues" as implying
one of sadness, passivity, alienation, or
female, cute, cotton-candy. It represents
tenderness and new beginnings. Its meaning
is normally associated with people, but it
can also mean materialistic developments.