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    Question Colourschemes - and where are we these days!

    I've been designing sites successfully for several years and now work as a full time web designer for a media company after 10 years mixed print / web design.

    As part of an ongoing portfolio restructure I've now hit a radio station within the company that is to be redeveloped.

    Now, the brand / logo for this company is based upon a bog standard red (think C0 M100 Y92 K0) with white text.

    It's been a long time since I've seen red as a useful colour on-screen, mainly because of it's awful glare.

    But then where do we take it then? Rebranding is not an option, there's stationery, press ads, cars with decals etc.

    I'm half thinking of a #c11b17 kind of red with a #646464 (area) grey on black.

    To my eye white background with the grey and red are OK but a bit too bright, but perversely the black background yells 'geocities' at me (no there are no #0000ff blues or #00ff00 greens!), old hands will know what I mean.

    So, my question is, what are your thoughts on this age-old question - is red a spent force on the net?

    No links to site because it's not in dev as yet.

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    More of a color-laymans opinion; This color scheme with my lap-screen and to my eyes; foreground in darker white like #ddd or black on a little darker red, like new safe #b11 with a brighter black #333 as contrary shade, and the dark grey you have or #666. And white as the bright background.

    Red and white makes me think of suger and sweet, we have candybars in red-white.
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    Unhappy

    The lap screen is an issue for later - I might even make a serious colourscheme based post in the future.

    Personally I have the following;

    Hanns-G 17" wide with mac OSX G4 (web box)
    Dell D-830 15 laptop + Dell 24" wide (web box)
    Mac OSX with both Compaq 17 CRT and OSX Intel (print box)

    None of these displays any colour scheme in the same way.

    Meanwhile the bulk of my department in work have DELL laptops on D-520 12.7

    I have put in a request that the other web guy gets a docking station and a decent screen ( have just thought on a poll for here ), but if these people see cyan where I see process blue, what does a colour scheme even <i>mean</i> these days?

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    Design Your Site Team bronze trophy Erik J's Avatar
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    There is a short article here on SitePoint worth reading: Color and Design for the Non-Designer.
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