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What Colors Should OrchidInteractive be?

Discussion in 'Forum News' started by Brent W, May 10, 2012.

  1. Brent W

    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    Wanted to see if all of you had some input on what kind of colors you would like to see in the new design of the forum?
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Black or other dark colors -- they set off the photographs very well. I realize that may not work completely, but subtlety in the design. :) We want the photographs of the orchids to be the standout attention grabbers. :)

    And thanks for asking. We realize it isn't technically "our" forum, but we feel like it is "ours" nonetheless. :)
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I like the blue in the header, but really hope we can stay with neutral colors that are going to be anywhere near the images. I really object to white text on a black background since it is very hard to read. My vote would be for white overall with and grey or shades of grey instead of the light blue and tan/peach for enclosing areas and things like the "New" icon. It won't draw the eye from images nor color shift them. Also, I have would love to see a slightly larger rule line between the posts since it is barely perceptible.

    Not exactly color related, but I find the large icons and small font for the names unhelpful. The icon's colors do sometimes conflict with the images for me and many of us have a question mark for an icon which makes them irrelevant. I have to struggle to read the name.
     
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    More contrast between text and background-the gray text on light blue and white are just too subtle and hard to read.
     
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    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    I agree fully with Marni. Both in terms of colors and the avatar details.
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I am third for Marni’s notes. Also, “conversation clouds” icons on the main page are too big/bold and distracting from content.
    Thanks for asking this, Brent!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I puzzled over what those were. Now I find they even have a name. I wouldn't be sad to see them go altogether. But perhaps they have significance that is over my head.
     
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    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I will try to see what we can do to help you all enjoy the site more visually :)
     
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    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    I am about to give a test run a go for a different look. Just trying to get a feel for what you guys think and what we need to do.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    I worked in publishing for several years, and still do freelance writing and editing. I can tell you that white on black will get very tiring on the eyes in a short period. -Stephen
     
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    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    Thanks. Just trying out new things right now to see what may or may not work. I don't think this is going to. Will revert back.
     
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    I'd love to see examples of other websites whose color combinations fit into what everyone would like to see here. I am not a designer so to have examples would be great. Then I can pass it along to someone who can make it happen.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Light neutral colors, like off-white, gray, tan, or beige, typically work best for a background with black text. -Stephen
     
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    The green/grey scheme was a definite improvement.
     
  15. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I did spend some time last night trying to find something that seemed appropriate, but I was looking in the "orchid world" and didn't find anything I would recommend. I'll keep looking.
     
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    I am actively looking for something as well.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I decided to look at some forums for graphic design. So here are two that have elements I appreciated. Any thoughts?

    I like this for the blocks of white floated on a neutral background, also the fact that when an icon is not used it doesn't show a question mark. Also, the names are above the icon. I would prefer a neutral light grey background rather than tan and would prefer blue or blue grey for link color.. It is clean, easy to see when a new member is adding a reply. http://webprocafe.com/just-starting-out/3435-browser-issues.html

    Here is one that is a bit more blocky layout and is still easy to understand what is going on. It has a good sized rule line between posts which is one of the problems I have with our current layout. http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=15979

    I've also been taking screen shots of shade of grey, but have to go back to work so will keep these for later.
     
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    I have a style I just bought that I am going to give a go here. I think, at the very least, you guys will like it more than our current one, until I can get a designer to really make this place stand out and spend some time on a perfect color scheme.