I'm looking for some best practices or guidelines for color schemes
used in our port management system at night or in low light
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 ?
Rutger van Dijk
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
"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."
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Posted from the new ixda.org
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
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
Whichever color is chosen, intensity is more important than color (dimmer
light has a lower impact than brighter light).
Hope this helps,
Technical writer, interaction designer
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On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Rutger van Dijk <rlvdijk at chello.nl> wrote:
> 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 ?
How about the colour schemes used in tom-tom interfaces there is an
example here >
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,