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Do’s and Don’ts of Color


I read this article because color, along with typography, are one of the two most important elements in design work.  Not having taken any color theory classes at Mason, I thought this article would be a good read.

The main Points I found to be helpful include:

  • Do take the time to learn the color wheel
  • Do analyze the color undertones.
  • Do explore the color psychology
  • Do examine other sites and designs to determine which color schemes are more appealing than others.
  • Don’t forget about the readability when combining color with type
  • Don’t miss on understanding the basic color wheel rules.
  • Don’t neglect the fact that colors change according to their surroundings.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with color combinations.

These bullet points are a great rule of thumb points to remember when working in color.  I have bookmarked this article for future reference.


  1. pei_pei_pei wrote:

    That is a very useful article, I am not as sensitive towards the the colors, by learning the color wheel did helped me a lot!

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  2. kmikolon wrote:

    I agree with these bullet points being quite helpful. I feel it is effective to learn the color wheel when taking a beginners art class or at least art when you are young. But it is also true that colors change according to their surrounds.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink
  3. bpaige wrote:

    I agree with you when you say that its very important to know the color will. When I have trouble picking what colors to use I automatically resort back to the color wheel.

    Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink