Monday, October 23, 2006

[General Template Central] Still not happy...

Choosing a colour scheme seems to be the hardest of tasks. I recently gave my blog a redesign, and was initially happy, but now, I feel it lacks something. Perhaps the background colour is too dark? Perhaps the text is too small? So many questions...

What do you guys think - and are there any tips related to choosing a colour scheme? Does a background have to be light coloured - and should we *still* optimize for 800*600 resolutions, or can we go wider now?

Thanks in advance for any responses, the more critical the better. I can take it (maybe)...

This post was written by Scott from Real Epicurean

11 comments:

Liz said...

I think it looks great- terra cotta is a good choice. The contrast between the white background of the text and the terra cotta makes your pictures... pop. Yes, I did say that, but not with an entirely straight face.

Live with it for a bit and then go back to it. You are your toughest critic.

Lydia said...

I noticed that your links to other blogs are in reverse alphabetical order. Deliberate? I like the background color -- not too dark, but you might try a subtle pattern in it if you feel it needs more something. I agree with Liz -- live with it for a while. It's always hard to redesign!

Amy Sherman said...

I think it looks good, my only legibility issue is that your titles are very light against the white background. Then again, maybe I've just grown accustomed to the way they look on my site...

McAuliflower said...

According to my Google Analytics, 54% of my viewers have a screen resolution of 1024x768. Next up is 13% with 1280x1024.

Regarding chosing color schemes,
I like the strategy of using the eye drop tool to pick colors out of an image you are using on your site. You have basically done this in that your green and terra cotta are in your strawberry banner.

Sounds like the level of contrast is startling to you. I think its fine though there are many other ways to play with these colors with a lesser contrast...
I like what you have though.

McAuliflower said...

Amy's point is a good one- you could reverse your title and hover colors...

paul said...

I like it. I'm with the group here and say darker up your link color a bit or switch it with the mouse over color.

Color scheming is a complex art. There's tons of web tools you can use to view schemes like http://wellstyled.com/tools/ or http://www.steeldolphin.com/color_scheme.html or you could even steal (okay borrow) another pages sheme with the I like your colors tool.

As for 800x600, most designers have conceded that 1024 is the acceptible target now. Although it's nice to have a wider space for photos most will tell you not to make your text or body area too wide, since it makes it hard to read if your sentences go more than 600 wide or so.

Pepper said...

Yes, link colour too light. And the background colour of your banner and sidebar doesn't contrast enough with the posts area to distinguish it.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

liz: I think the terracotta is ok, but on a wide monitor there just...too much?

lydia: Thanks, I've sorted the link orders now.

amy: I've now changed the link colours up a notch, hope it does the trick.

mcauliflower: I think you're right - there's just *too* much contrast there...

paul: The colour tools are very useful, thanks...I've had a bit of a play and changed the link colours.

pepper: thanks for your opinion - I'm going to look at my main banner tommorow and also the sidebar bg, and see if I can add a little saturation to those colours.

Liz said...

Scott- on a wide monitor, still purty. I'm telling you, sleep on it for a bit.

Whenever I do a lot of work on my blog I walk away from it for a bit before casting a critical eye because it rarely looks as good as I think, and also because I'm usually sick of it after working on it for a bit.

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