the only acceptable color for an umbrella is clear.
why would i want to block off almost half of my field of view? it feels restricting. isn’t it just nicer to see what’s around you?—and besides, there are views to be seen.
but clear also broadcasts the key feature of an umbrella: it’s waterproof. not all fabrics are waterproof; they have to be specific kinds, and usually treated with a coating. a clear canopy can only be made of plastic, which is an inherently waterproof material.
a clear umbrella makes its most functional aspect its most prominent one—a harmony of look and function. that’s good design.