Colour schemes

It doesn’t matter what you are using, but having a good solid colour scheme is very important ! It will add to the likeness of your design, no matter what…

Most used manipulations by users will certainly be the Operation system and installed programs ( that can work with themes ). But program designers and website designer that don’t allow manipulation by the user, will also try also to find a balanced colour scheme that will leave the user with a wow effect.

A trend that has been around for some time now is the ‘dark side’ theming. The big idea behind it is the switch of white usage by dark colouring. This means that a normal white or light grey background will now get a darker version.
Well currently I’m all in favour for this approach… and although I haven’t been very active with it, I’m now trying to manipulate as much as possible on my pc so that it will reflect this dark side.

Best way to give a good notion of black theming is through example:

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Lightroom is actually the first program where I saw the use of dark theming… and it is just perfect.

  • Microsoft Expression Studio – blend
  • Microsoft now has a designer product that also comes in a nice user interface !

So after using these programs I’ve noticed it’s more relaxing working with an off black background then just a straight white one !
So after this acknowledgment I’m trying to change my own environment to represent this dark theming and hoping it will help me be more relaxed during my coding/working hours.

First thing on the ‘changing’ table was Visual Studio… and thanks to Scott Hanselman I found the perfect theme ! Take a look here for an overview…
The one I’m using now is Oren Ellenbogen’s black theme.

And now everywhere you look, black themes are popping up ! I found several different web sites that incorporate this and some are just fabulous… The one I like very much is the one of Colourlovers !

The site itself is actually also something to talk about… because it let’s you create a set of colour tones that you can use as a reference for creating design element ( like a website interface of program interface ).
Some black theming schemes I found inside Colourlovers:

[tags]Lightroom, Expression Studio, Visual Studio, Black theming[/tags]