Finally I found the time to write the entry I wanted to write weeks ago. Remember when I promised to write something about color schemes and their effect on the user. Or better said the experience which they can influence. It’s all about expectations and a bit of the mainstream feelings. Sounds weird? But that’s how it is in fact. Take yourself as an example: What emotion do you associate with the color “red”? In most western countries red is associated with love, while black, for example, is associated with grief (which is a bit stange as in some other regions white stands for grief). As we chose a half futuristic setting we also had to think about the colors we could use in the menu structure.
The most important question was: What colors do we, do people, do gamers associate with the future? With modern design? With technology? Of course we had our own assumptions. We thought that white, blue and everything in between would fit for the future. We googled (yes, developers do that as well, obviously we cannot know everything). And in fact, what we felt was right, was indeed right. If you google for futuristic design and search for pictures you’ll find a lot that will look shiny white and pale blue. Everything a bit metallic. And what is also clearly visible (or not so visible, pun intended): transparency.
Currently we do not have the final menu structure set up. We rework the menus on a regular basis, adjusting things all the time, making the menus easier to use, experimenting a bit with the buttons, their sizes and their exact positions (and their looks). So everything you see in this post is subject of change. The only more or less final things are related to the colors and colorcodes.
What do you do if you have a lot of colors you’ve chosen? Well, you could definitely just include them in your game. But did you know that colors often don’t really fit to each other? Even if they are close to each other they can seem disturbing to the enduser. We could definitely hold a talk about this topic but there’s an easier way to find a solution to this problem. In fact, we’re not the only ones who ever faced that situation and actually Adobe has a tool available to help you. Which colors do fit for the colors you’ve chosen? And do these colors actually fit for each other? So we used it. And it was fine. It’s a pretty cool tool we’d like to recommend if you’re ever struggling to find the right colors. The results are pretty nice.