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Brightest & Favorite Colors to Use for Signs

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Justin, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Justin

    Justin Member

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    Good Morning,

    I'm new here just getting to know everyone....

    What are your favorite colors to use for signs?

    I know the ever popular list...

    BLACK on YELLOW
    BLACK on WHITE
    YELLOW on BLACK
    WHITE on BLUE
    GREEN on WHITE
    BLUE on YELLOW
    WHITE on GREEN
    WHITE on BROWN
    BROWN on YELLOW
    BROWN on WHITE
    YELLOW on BROWN
    RED on WHITE
    YELLOW on RED
    RED on YELLOW
    WHITE on RED


    It just seems like everyone uses those colors, and they begin to become overlooked, or unnoticed...
     
  2. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    burgandy on biege
    kelly green on biege
    brown on biege
    blue on blue(lighter on dark)
    green on green(light on dark) or the other way.
     
  3. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    My all time favorate is clear on white.
     
  4. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    I don't have one favorite. I love all colors in the spectrum. Each one is perfect if used appropriately. Why limit yourself to only a few. Color is just as important as type selection and all of the other design elements that make up great design.
     
  5. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

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    I have one client that does frosted on black computer cases....Very subtle effect that works.....
     
  6. JR's

    JR's Very Active Member

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    Red on black or black on red
    my all-time favorite is red letters with a thick black outline and shadow on charcoal background.

    Just kidding wink,wink,

    JR
     
  7. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Actually, I've used very few of those color combinations myself! :rolleyes:
    Fortunately in my business, 99% of my work comes pre-designed from my customer via high res PDF file and I simply do the output! A good majority of my clients are high end businesses with amazing designers, so the colors they use in their designs are extremely effective.

    As someone who commutes to work every day, when I'm driving, I tend to notice a sign that has a very bright background with a darker text. Unfortunately, I see many, many signs, vehicle lettering, vehicle wraps, etc... that are next to impossible to read. I'll be driving behind a car or truck with a full wrap, take a stab at reading it as I drive by, and it's not possible because it looked more like someone vomited the design out vs. thinking it out! It's a shame to see someone pay so much for such little effect. :omg:

    Use what is appealing to you and your customer(s). You will get 2,000 different opinions here (if any serious ones at all). Do some Google research on various sign sites and check out the variety you will find. And it's fun to see other people's stuff. Best way to learn! :thumb:
     
  8. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    We're running a special for 'white on white' signs for the month of February. :wink:


    If you're looking for neat color combinations, just buy a printer and make all your signs on that and you can have millions of colors at once and please everyone...:clapping:
     
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