“Blue da ba dee da ba di”

I have a blue house with a blue window
Blue is the color I thought that I’d wear
Blue are the streets and all the trees are too
I have a girlfriend and she is so blue
Blue are the people here that walk around
Blue like my corvette its standing outside
Blue are the words I say and what I think
Blue are the feelings that live inside me.

— Eiffel 65

There seems to be a building consensus that if your app uses blue in the icon, or main interface elements, that I will — at some point — mention how much I dislike that and to be fair, that’s probably accurate. What isn’t accurate is the idea that I somehow hate the color blue when, in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Blue is, and will always be, one of my favorite colors (if that even means anything).

When I comment on the color blue I am not so much commenting on the actual color itself — as I am commenting on the lack of originality using the color brings to apps. Exactly 50% of the icons in the my dock right now use the color blue (in one shade or another) as the main component of the icon. Blue, on it’s own is a great color, blue in everything is boring and meaningless.

That’s my problem with blue — it’s like a good song that you have listened to one too many times.

People can still design wonderful apps using blue, and these will still be apps I recommend — but for the love of creativity I think it’s time to try some other colors. 1

  1. There are other colors.
Originally posted for members on: May 2, 2011
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