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    Skills to Pay the Bills Sparkie's Avatar
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    I came across this neat article and thought I would share it with the rest of the SitePoint group:
    http://webdesign.about.com/compute/w.../aa070400a.htm

    It will tell you the symbolism of the colors you have chosen for your website, and what those colors mean for different cultures around the world (a good idea to check that out if your site is multinational)

    Enjoy

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    I'm only a bit into it...very interesting already. Thanks for sharing the link!

    I somewhat agree with their take on it...but they take it too far.

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE>
    <LI>Black represents sexuality?
    <LI>Purple represents cruelty and arrogance?
    <LI>Yellow represents betrayal?
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    Some of the descriptions made a lot of sense...but I think they read a little too much into all of this. They've definetly put up some useful info, but I don't think anyone should stay away from using purple on their site for fear of coming off as arrogant.

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    Well, I pretty much agree with Chris.

    I think it might be a good idea to look at it, but I wouldn't live by it because I think it's basically a matter of taste and what you like...

    That's just my 2 cents though.



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    I can understand the black means sexuality part. Don't you notice that almost ALL sex/porn sites use that color way too much? I see why now...

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    SitePoint Wizard TWTCommish's Avatar
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    Justin: I think it's the other way around...I don't think those sites use black because it's associated with sexuality, I think black is associated with sexuality on the web because those sites tend to use it.

    Even so, I think it's a bit of a stretch at times. The only way yellow could make you mad is if a banana killed your parents.



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    Skills to Pay the Bills Sparkie's Avatar
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    a banana...*laughs*

    Well, it's mostly for interesting reading.. nothing to take -too- literally, but just a little something to keep in mind.

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    Either a banana or these evil smiley faces

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    So they say that yellow is supposed to represent Betrayal?...If they think that then they will have to reevaluate what smiley is up to


    Sparkie: I'm glad to see that you use http://webdesign.about.com/ too as they have great resources & links and their daily tips are not only informative but interesting...



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    Yeah betrayel. Bizzare, huh? It supposedly represents philosophy and jealousy as well. I wonder why? Perhaps we could philosophize about it...quick, someone post a bunch of smiley faces to inspire us

    Most ridiculous attributes?
    Blue representing conservatism, orange representing something "expansive", and brown representing "endurance."

    Most fitting attributes?
    White...that's at least one they've basically nailed: "Reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, birth, winter, snow, good, sterility, marriage (Western cultures), death (Eastern cultures), cold, clinical, sterile."

    It says that both yellow and green produce jealousy...I guess that's out as a possible color scheme then.



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    Well, I try to post any informative or unusual information I find while browsing, and hope that the SitePoint members can learn something from it, or just get a laugh

    Green is the color of envy, so what's that mean for this smiley? ..I think he's up to something...

    Sparkie

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    Green also means nature, life and money so there are many different interpretations.

    While cultural interpretions vary, there have been studies about color and their effect on people.

    Warm colors have been proven to irritate, excite and anger people. Warm colors include Reds, Yellows and Oranges. Cool colors have been proven to calm, soothe and be peaceful. These colors include Blues, Purples and Greens. There are variances to this rule. You can take a warm color and apply a pastel hue to it and make it "cool". Or you can take a cool color and make it "warm" by applying a neon hue to it. Neither pastels or neons are natural colors and only exist with the manipulation of man which is probably why they break the rules.

    Black and White aren't true colors at all but either the absence of all color and light (Black) or the presence of all color and light (White).

    If your building a site selling a product and you wish to excite the visitor then using a Warm color such as Yellow and a cool color such as Green can be an effective tool provided that you mix your hues and shades correctly and not make the site garish. Where cultural differences come in are sites about events or holidays. If you have a site based on the History of the United States, making it Red and Yellow (colors of the Soviet Union) is a bad mistake but you could get away with a red and blue color scheme.
    If your designing a site on death and its effects on loved ones, black is not really an appropriate theme because even though judeo-christian values associate black with death, other cultures associate black with marriage or other ideals.

    This is the suggestion I make to my clients when they pick colors. They usually have a dominate color they associate with their business. I tell them to take that color to the paint store and match it with a paint card. Depending on the cards you can get up to 12 similar or contrasting colors to use. Very similar cards are used in Graphic Design and are the basis of Pantone color matching. Paint and Advertising companies have spent millions upon millions of dollars (yen, pounds, lira, etc...) coming up with these cards, You can use them for free.


    If there weren't so many color combinations (16.5 million to the power of 16.5 million combinations to be exact, if you look at it simply, the formula is actually more complex) it wouldn't be so difficult. Even if you use the 216 color pallete a pick 3 colors you have a total of 10077696 combinations.

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