Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Color Theory 101


Betsy Ross never took a class in color theory but even she knew that you don't put blue on red. That's why she put all of those white stripes there. You've got to keep them separated. Here we are, over 200 years later, and for some reason people still insist that blue looks good on red. Unlike Betsy (and my customers), I did take a class in color theory. I also have years of experience in graphic design along with two degrees (yea, just Associates). And you know what, blue does not look good on red, or vice-versa. I can't even count the times people insist that blue will look good on red, or yellow will read well on white or even the occasional orange and red combo. These are bad choices people. Why won't you believe me? Please for the love of God people, stop butchering my designs with your terrible color combinations.

4 comments:

to sing and to dance said...

Your blog just cracks me up!

Karen

Nicole said...

I agree, Dan!

Not Too Old said...

I'm with you, my friend. I do extensive graphics and desktop publishing work for proposals for a company where "big BLUE" is the predominant color, and it is amazing to me how often they want to make their headings red or orange. And this is after we've told them the color palette is dictated by Corporate HQ. Drives me nuts.

photogr said...

Thank God Betsy Ross had good color perception on designing our flag.