I'm a UX designer specializing in interaction design and information architecture, but I'm looking to deepen my knowledge in visual design and color theory. I'm currently working on a new portfolio site. Several users who tested this site's prototype said that blue and orange by themselves didn't convey the sort of emotion that they would expect in a site for my target industry.
Based on users' goals and their personas' details, the colors are purple, blue, orange, and green. Dark red and light yellow also might trigger the right emotions, according to my analysis.
I've been generating possible new color schemes with Color Scheme Designer. This tool lets me start with a preset complementary, analogous, accented analogous, triad, or tetrad color scheme based on one color.
Here's a possible color scheme I have right now:
I've been studying how tetrad color schemes are supposed to work at sites like Color Wheel Pro and Malane Newman. These examples use color wheels with far fewer colors than Color Scheme Designer's, so that raises some questions for me.
- Do the pairs of complementary colors in a tetradic color scheme need to be a certain distance apart (in degrees)?
- Is there a rule of thumb in graphic design or visual design for how far apart the pairs of complementary colors are supposed to be?
- What is a good way for me to add more colors to this color scheme, such as the red and green? Will this work alongside the tetrad scheme above?