The Cultural Considerations Of Using Orange In Your Web Designs

These days, web designs created in one country can be viewed by people from countries all over the world, which has created a problem in the way that different colours are viewed by different cultures. To avoid offending your international audiences, it is important that you understand the different messages that these colours send to each culture. As an example, how is orange viewed by other cultures?

  • Western (Australia, North America and Europe)
    Orange is seen as being representative of the harvest and the autumn months. It is also often associated with warmth (fire) and with citrus fruits (oranges). Some cultures associate the colour with Halloween, whereas others (especially the Netherlands) see it as the colour of royalty.
  • Eastern and Asian
    Orange is seen as being a sacred colour in many Indian cultures (especially the darker hue of saffron), whereas Japanese cultures see the colour as being symbolic of love and courage.
  • South America
    Many people in these cultures see orange as being a ‘sunny’ colour. It is also commonly associated with the earth, as many of these countries have similar coloured soil.
  • Middle East
    In these countries, the colour orange is often associated with ideas of mourning and loss, so can be considered disrespectful in web designs that are promoting happiness.

With all of these different meanings for a single colour, it is easy to see how some cultures may be offended by its use (especially Middle Eastern ones, whose view of orange is very different to other cultures). Think about these meanings when creating an orange and web design, and you will avoid offending people whom you did not even know would see your website.

Google turns scientific with 34-button calculator

Though Google search always had a built-in calculator, but the recent news is that now it has got 34-button scientific calculator – much faster and advance. The difference is that, earlier when we used to enter, say, 5 + 5, simply the result was displayed in Google’s search result. But, now when we enter the same equation in the search bar, the result pops up with a new scientific calculator. The good news is that it works equally well in mobile browsers and voice search.

As simple the calculator looks, its features aren’t simple at all. This is fully featured virtual calculator with full power, voice, scientific mathematical functions, and almost all operations of a tangible model. So, unlike physical scientific calculator, you don’t need double AAA batteries.

The major attraction of this calculator is that it easily works with Desktop Voice Search. Just click on the little mic icon and say your equation. You can ask in any way you want, it would answer your question, either asked as “what is five plus five” or “sum of five and five”. You can also launch the calculator by simply saying “calculator”. While typing mode gives you the ease of working in desktops, its voice mode is will really be useful for mobiles.

This is a new addition in the nerdy toolbox of Google. Graphic functions were already enabled in the search bar and with this tool Google has stepped at another level of advancement. No doubt, this is going to be a great help for school students.