11 Nov 2011 - 11:19am
4 years ago
5 replies

Color meanings with regard to buttons: Opinions/research?

One problem that has continually surfaced in my recent work at my place of employment has been button colors. Specifically, little or no thought goes into the meaning of what color is being used for the button in regard to its functionality. Even worse, there is often no thought given to a consistent treatment of buttons across an interface.

So for example, I'll see save buttons that are red, and I'll see the same color being used for a save, change and exit button.

6 Jul 2011 - 1:57pm
5 years ago
2 replies
Ryan Freedman

Creating color palettes

I'm in the progress of designing a set of charting, graphing, and data viz controls that will be incorporated into an enterprise Windows application that displays loads of financial data. I've looked at a lot of the 'out of the box' offerings, and while the functionality is largely passable, I haven't been particularly impressed with the aesthetics on most offerings. No hate mail please - I realize the "shiny" factor is more for my boss than for my users :)

11 Jun 2011 - 10:50am

Re: Color and Usability / User Experience

While I'm sure someone has researched how a particular shade of red improves conversions I believe that contrast and understanding how certain hues recede vs 'pop ', emotions of color etc. Smashing Magazine has a good color theory article that I will link to later.

On Jun 10, 2011 4:54 PM, "Karen Lindemann" wrote:
I'm looking for a study or guidelines about how to use color to enhance the usability of a website or an application.

10 Jun 2011 - 3:31pm
5 years ago
1 reply
Karen Lindemann

Color and Usability / User Experience


I'm looking for a study or guidelines about how to use color to enhance the usability of a website or an application. For example: Is there a color for the call to action button which is the most recommendable? Is there anything regarding colors would should to avoid? What would you tell somebody who wants to know which influence has color for the usability of a website?

I would very much appreciate your input to these questions.

Thanks and best greetings, Karen

13 Oct 2010 - 3:08pm
5 years ago
1 reply

How Color Saturation Affects User Efficiency

Colors affect the way we see products, but they also affect the way we vse websites before we even invest our time and energy into the content. Using saturated and desaturated colors correctly on the right user interface elements will help users use your design efficiently and effectively.

Read more: How Color Saturation Affects User Efficiency

22 Sep 2009 - 10:03am
6 years ago
6 replies
Rutger van Dijk

Color palette / scheme for use at night ?


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 ?

With regards,

Rutger van Dijk

29 Jul 2009 - 9:09am
6 years ago
9 replies
Sam Menter

toggle on / off design pattern


Can anyone point me in the direction of a useable design pattern for
an on / off toggle switch to be used online ie using JS / html / css
rather than flash? I'm working on an application that currently uses
colour coding to indicate whether an option is active or not. This
works in the real world i.e. the red light comes on when recording,
but obviously bad for accessibility online due to the different ways
people see colours.

For example, one option in this case is record.

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