Someone was a big fan of orange…

Microsoft Forefront website

Manager: I want the website to stand out as much as possible. I’m a big fan of orange and robots.
Designer: Get this. First, the whole page is pure orange. Then a robot will appear, but not for long. It will then fade to reveal more orange. My inspiration is the sun.
Manager: Is your last name da Vinci cause that’s brilliant! Implement it right away.

23 insightful thoughts

  1. MS designers have a lot more to learn about design. Whatever good designs/logos/eye candy we see in MS products is all “hired”. Most, but not all in house design sucks.

  2. If you are CIO buying ForeFront for your IT infrastructure, I think the last thing you are gonna care about is the color of the product page. :s

    In fact, I think orange puts emphasis on the content instead of the page itself, the first thing I recognized when I saw the screen shot is the brand name. Next the Robot, and text: “destroying evil robots: easy, destroying worms: easier”. Instantly, I am curious to find out what it does, so my mind is not focusing on the aesthetics, but the information on the page which is security.

    Result: success

  3. No long, it does not. If the entire page was just orange, it probably would. But there is a combination of elements to avoid this, the Robot silhouette, the white text and feature modules. There is contrast, which makes the page ok.

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