View Full Version : Help Design the forum! What new colors for the board?

03-20-2006, 09:50 AM
I want to involve the community here. What color scheme would you like to see on the boards? These forums are here for you guys so you should help decide what you'll be staring at.
Post the colors you think the board should have here!
Here's the format I'm looking for:
Currently we're using-
Thread Background: light blue
Main Background: Black
Thread Title Border: Blue
Title Text Color: Light Blue
Text Color: Black
Those aren't the official names but that should work.
So if you have suggestions please try and put them in the above format so I can compare.
Also, if you want you can post a screen shot of a template you designed. Dont post the template.. but a screenshot works.
If no one posts anything we'll obviously still redesign it... however I hope people are interested enough to contribute here.
Thanks guys!

03-20-2006, 09:54 AM
More background colours an patterns would be good an maybe some patterns in the border line.
[edit] To the lounge members, are the lounge colour same as this forum?
What does it look like.

03-20-2006, 10:03 AM
black/white/pink like the MM header would kick ass!!!

03-20-2006, 11:55 AM
Force posts to be in black...that red type kills my eyes

next generation
03-20-2006, 03:39 PM
A run down of the psychology of the main colours. May help decide. I am thinking of black white and shades of red. or brown, red, yellow, or brown yellow green. hope it helps.
RED. Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival (Alpha male), 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.
Being the longest wavelength, red is a powerful colour. Although not technically the most visible, it has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Hence its effectiveness in traffic lights the world over. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impression that time is passing faster than it is. It relates to the masculine principle and can activate the "fight or flight" instinct. Red is strong, and very basic. Pure red is the simplest colour, with no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, it can be perceived as demanding and aggressive.
BLUE. Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.
Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming. It is the colour of clear communication. Blue objects do not appear to be as close to us as red ones. Time and again in research, blue is the world's favourite colour. However, it can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.
YELLOW. Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.
The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating. In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety. Our "yellow streak" can surface.
GREEN. Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
Green strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatever and is, therefore, restful. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance - a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level. Negatively, it can indicate stagnation and, incorrectly used, will be perceived as being too bland.
VIOLET. Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality.
Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.
The shortest wavelength is violet, often described as purple. It takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality. Being the last visible wavelength before the ultra-violet ray, it has associations with time and space and the cosmos. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other colour.
Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.
Since it is a combination of red and yellow, orange is stimulating and reaction to it is a combination of the physical and the emotional. It focuses our minds on issues of physical comfort - food, warmth, shelter etc. - and sensuality. It is a 'fun' colour. Negatively, it might focus on the exact opposite - deprivation. This is particularly likely when warm orange is used with black. Equally, too much orange suggests frivolity and a lack of serious intellectual values.
Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.
Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates. (Interestingly, red is the only colour that has an entirely separate name for its tints. Tints of blue, green, yellow, etc. are simply called light blue, light green…etc.) Pink is a powerful colour, psychologically. It represents the feminine principle, and survival of the species; it is nurturing and physically soothing. Too much pink is physically draining and can be somewhat emasculating.
Positive: Psychological neutrality.
Negative: Lack of confidence, dampness, depression, hibernation, lack of energy.
Pure grey is the only colour that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, quite suppressive. A virtual absence of colour is depressing and when the world turns grey we are instinctively conditioned to draw in and prepare for hibernation. Unless the precise tone is right, grey has a dampening effect on other colours used with it. Heavy use of grey usually indicates a lack of confidence and fear of exposure.
Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance.
Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.
Black is all colours, totally absorbed. The psychological implications of that are considerable. It creates protective barriers, as it absorbs all the energy coming towards you, and it enshrouds the personality. Positively, it communicates absolute clarity, with no fine nuances. It works particularly well with white. It communicates sophistication and uncompromising excellence. It creates a perception of weight and seriousness (it is a myth that black clothes are slimming). Black is essentially an absence of light, since no wavelengths are reflected and it can, therefore be menacing; many people are afraid of the dark.
Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency.
Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.
Just as black is total absorption, so white is total reflection. In effect, it reflects the full force of the spectrum into our eyes. Thus it also creates barriers, but differently from black, and it is often a strain to look at. It communicates, "Touch me not!" White is purity and, like black, uncompromising; it is clean, hygienic, and sterile. The concept of sterility can also be negative. Visually, white gives a heightened perception of space. The negative effect of white on warm colours is to make them look and feel garish.
Positive: Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support.
Negative: Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.
Brown usually consists of red and yellow, with a large percentage of black. Consequently, it has much of the same seriousness as black, but is warmer and softer. It has elements of the red and yellow properties. Brown has associations with the earth and the natural world. It is a solid, reliable colour and most people find it quietly supportive - more positively than the ever-popular black, which is suppressive, rather than supportive.

03-20-2006, 03:50 PM
I'm still a blue partisan.

Vincent Chase
03-20-2006, 04:06 PM
First and foremost: keep the background black, most def.
Me, i'm thinking Pink, Orange and White: where exactly I dunno, but toy around with the color combination and see how you like it.

03-20-2006, 04:43 PM
hot Pink light green and pale yellow, with a splash of royal blue.

03-20-2006, 04:58 PM
How pictures of Beautiful Models and Women in the background and sprinkled about. Then we'd really know what we're here for. You could even add little notes in the pictures about body language and possible negs just for kicks. I think in terms of colors I'd like to see some tranquil colors that are easy on the eyes and comfortable to see. Such colors as sand tan, the blue you have already and such. I don't see why we want the hot pink and other loud colors. Can someone tell me why? The black makes this site seem very dark and evil in a way. Just my 2 scents!

03-21-2006, 12:46 AM
This is a seduction board so lets have seductive colours so that people know where they're at.

Jaden Smooth
03-21-2006, 06:14 AM
How pictures of Beautiful Models and Women in the background and sprinkled about. Then we'd really know what we're here for.
I hope you would know even without the clues! :)
I was thinking of a logo posted in the middle, maybe it could always be centered even while scrolling up and down. I like the color scheme now, but like Arby's says, different is good.

03-21-2006, 11:05 AM
As a former graphic designer, I appreciate the fact you are asking for input from the community. Design is highly subjective, and what some people really like, others will really hate. You won't please everyone, but I think we all agree that the content is what's most important here.
However, I am of the school of thought where simple is better. I DO really like the charcoal gray/white/pink of the banner. I'm with legato on this one. I'd like to see more of that color scheme throughout the forum. Here are a few of my suggestions:
1) minimum colors
- too many colors = distracting
2) uniform font + color for posts (credit Face)
3) keep customizations to a minimum
- this isn't myspace or a hacker forum
- let your posts and not the avatars do the talking
4) no gratuitous chick pics
- unless it's part of the discussion
- this isn't maxim or fhm either. if you want eyecandy, go to those sites.
My only complaint is that I don't really care for the light blue of the windows. It's so Microsoft/Windows. I'll work on a few screenshot templates and post them later to see what you guys think.

03-21-2006, 06:44 PM
For the work readers... make it look like windows :-P

03-22-2006, 05:30 AM
For the work readers... make it look like windows :-P
I agree, The only time I visit this place is when I'm in work and bright colors and pics of women would mean I'd have to be even more careful.

03-26-2006, 06:30 AM
This is a seduction board so lets have seductive colours so that people know where they're at.
These are the colors I was thinking, too. Except 'white' came to mind only once ;) <3
Can you set it up that we have control over it in UserCP?

03-26-2006, 08:09 AM
I agree, The only time I visit this place is when I'm in work and bright colors and pics of women would mean I'd have to be even more careful.
I don't think this site would look that great looking like a windows application. I do like the idea of adjusting it to your likings if that's possible but I doubt it.
I know what we are on here for but some visual motivation wouldn't hurt. You could even have pictures of women with little cliff notes on it showing something that is better explained visually rather than textually ( < don't know if that's a word but you know what I mean). Like the picture of the girl in the military thread looks great and some cliff note like - an arrow pointing to some part of her body saying " you could possibly neg her on the way she has her hair right here" or " you tell her her makeup smeared a little here".

03-26-2006, 08:22 AM
You don't even need actual pictures of the women. Silhouettes in the style of The Game works just as well.