Color palette / scheme for use at night ?

22 Sep 2009 - 10:03am
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Rutger van Dijk
2008

Hello,

I'm looking for some best practices or guidelines for color schemes
used in our port management system at night or in low light
conditions.

At our company we have shift workers on vessels in the harbour, who
also work at night. Having to look at bright coloured, high contrast
screens all night is more tiring than we expected.

Is it common to introduce a 'night color scheme' which is more easy
to read or look at ?

And how would a standard 'night' theme look like ?

With regards,

Rutger van Dijk

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22 Sep 2009 - 10:30am
.pauric
2006

Rutger: "Is it common to introduce a 'night color scheme' which is
more easy to read or look at ? "

Yes, I'd recommend taking a look a Furuno's range of radar & sonar
for best in class marine displays & UI's
http://tinyurl.com/lbctxm
"The monitor provides crisp radar echoes, which are presented in a
selected color with a day or night background color for easy
observation all lighting conditions."

regards /pauric

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22 Sep 2009 - 10:56am
Stephen Nitz
2009

Interesting.

Have you looked at car dash illumination for ideas?

The darker it is the dimmer the dash lights need to be. I would
wonder if you could introduce a software or hardware "dimmer
switch"

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22 Sep 2009 - 11:45pm
martinpolley
2007

Hi Rutger,

If preservation of natural night
vision<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_vision>is an issue, consider
using only red (and black). Red light apparently has
less of a negative impact on natural night vision than other colors (though
some assert that green is
better<http://www.astromax.org/activities/members/kniffen.htm>).
Whichever color is chosen, intensity is more important than color (dimmer
light has a lower impact than brighter light).

Hope this helps,

Martin Polley
Technical writer, interaction designer
+972 52 3864280
Twitter: martinpolley
<http://capcloud.com/>

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Rutger van Dijk <rlvdijk at chello.nl> wrote:

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> Is it common to introduce a 'night color scheme' which is more easy
> to read or look at ?
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> And how would a standard 'night' theme look like ?
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22 Sep 2009 - 11:08am
Bowen Hendy
2009

How about the colour schemes used in tom-tom interfaces there is an
example here >

http://www.tomtomforums.com/tomtom-color-schemes/5943-new-matching-day-night-color-schemes.html

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23 Sep 2009 - 6:34am
jasonrobb
2009

Wow. Another reason why I love the IxDA list: Such an awesome range of
problems worth discussing. Thanks for the links, ideas and
suggestions, folks! Keep it up.

As you were,

Jason R.
http://jasonrobb.com
http://twitter.com/jasonrobb

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