Black background interfaces...

3 May 2009 - 11:41pm
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Gavin Burke
2008

Hi,

Black as the background colour for an interface is sometimes used in
mission critical UIs, such as medical monitoring systems and trading
software.

Can people recommend some research on the use of black in this type of
context and also post links if you have them of example interfaces.

Thanks!
Gavin.

http://www.futureaudioworkshop.com
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F +353 93 24463

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4 May 2009 - 12:51am
Larry Tesler
2004

Gavin,

See NASA's "Designing with luminance contrast" at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/design_lum_0.php
and the last few paragraphs of "Luminance contrast" at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/luminance_cont.php
. The references are at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/refs_1.php.

The upshot is that a too-bright background can cause problems in a
darkened hospital room or cockpit. In other information display
contexts, black on white is usually best.

Larry

On May 3, 2009, at 9:41 PM, gavin burke|FAW wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Black as the background colour for an interface is sometimes used in
> mission critical UIs, such as medical monitoring systems and trading
> software.
>
> Can people recommend some research on the use of black in this type
> of context and also post links if you have them of example interfaces.
>
> Thanks!
> Gavin.
>

4 May 2009 - 9:41am
Michael Micheletti
2006

Larry, thanks for the NASA visual design links. These resources will be
very helpful on a project I'm just getting going with. All the best,

Michael Micheletti

On May 3, 2009 10:51pm, Larry Tesler <tesler at pobox.com> wrote:
> Gavin,

> See NASA's "Designing with luminance contrast" at
> http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/design_lum_0.php and the last few
> paragraphs of "Luminance contrast" at
> http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/luminance_cont.php. The references are at
> http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/refs_1.php.

> The upshot is that a too-bright background can cause problems in a
> darkened hospital room or cockpit. In other information display contexts,
> black on white is usually best.

> Larry

> On May 3, 2009, at 9:41 PM, gavin burke|FAW wrote:

> Hi,

> Black as the background colour for an interface is sometimes used in
> mission critical UIs, such as medical monitoring systems and trading
> software.

> Can people recommend some research on the use of black in this type of
> context and also post links if you have them of example interfaces.

> Thanks!

> Gavin.

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4 May 2009 - 6:13pm
Gavin Burke
2008

Hi Larry and other repliers,

Very useful links and have provided alot of answers to the questions I
had.

Gavin.
http://www.futureaudioworkshop.com
T +353 93 32698
F +353 93 24463

On 4 May 2009, at 06:51, Larry Tesler wrote:

> Gavin,
>
> See NASA's "Designing with luminance contrast" at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/design_lum_0.php
> and the last few paragraphs of "Luminance contrast" at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/luminance_cont.php
> . The references are at http://colorusage.arc.nasa.gov/refs_1.php.
>
> The upshot is that a too-bright background can cause problems in a
> darkened hospital room or cockpit. In other information display
> contexts, black on white is usually best.
>
> Larry
>
> On May 3, 2009, at 9:41 PM, gavin burke|FAW wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Black as the background colour for an interface is sometimes used
>> in mission critical UIs, such as medical monitoring systems and
>> trading software.
>>
>> Can people recommend some research on the use of black in this type
>> of context and also post links if you have them of example
>> interfaces.
>>
>> Thanks!
>> Gavin.
>>

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