Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Jenelle Marie Pierce, CSE, Executive Director
Recently, we updated The STI Project website, so it seems an appropriate time to expand on the thought behind our new coloring, in particular. This time around, we chose to use a warmer look with a variety of orange hues while also keeping the black, white, & grey we previously used as main design components.
In terms of our overall feel, it’s important to note, The STI Project welcomes all ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, beliefs, and idenitities.
Consequently, we kept with very non-binary/unassuming colors.
In my writing, I use a lot of smiley faces – I just can’t help it – can you imagine if this site were full of flowers, rainbows, butterflies, AND smiley-faces (“Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows”…..anyone?)?! Oh my. In any case, the specific colors we chose were also more intentional than just being warmer or nonbinary…
Orange represents STIs.
Moreover, Orange represents the stigma associated with contracting an STI – a modern-day scarlet letter, if you will. However, instead of buying into that stigma and accepting the scarlet letter we’ve been given, we’re choosing to use awareness and education to reduce its intensity.
For the first 2 years after our launch, we readily identified with the color red. Now, we – those of us behind the scenes, the people who support our work, and our readers – are somewhere along the acceptance spectrum, and the varied hues of orange we’re using display that progress visually.
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BLACK & WHITE:
Black and White represent STI facts and STI resources.
The STI Project promotes education and awareness by sharing reputable resources and facts about STIs. By sharing a thorough list of STI resources (STI hotlines, STI testing centers, STI treatment options, STI symptoms, & STI facts), The STI Project is taking a modern-day approach toward STI prevention by way of STI education.
Grey represents individual STI stories – that of those living with an STI and those who love someone who is living with an STI.
Grey also represents the open dialogue encouraged via The STI Project’s website and the thoughtful opinions of all people.
It is only through comprehensive education, and communication of both resources and personal STI experiences that STIs can be prevented and those living with an STI can enjoy productive and rich lives free from social stigma.
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