A Simple Tool to Evaluate Color for Legibility and Distinguishability When Designing Digital Displays
Event Type
Computer Systems
TimeThursday, October 13th8:48am - 9:00am EDT
DescriptionColor is important in helping users effectively process information like text and symbols when performing tasks on digital displays. Interface designers in safety- and mission-critical industries often utilize human factors design guidelines and standards to make important design decisions like the use of color for legibility and distinguishability. However, such guidance sometimes requires additional interpretation and calculation to readily apply to the design question at hand. This work describes a simple tool that can be used to evaluate the adequacy of color choices from a palette for being legible or distinguishable. The tool eliminates having to manually convert colors to a readable format while providing a specific set of colors that are acceptable from select human factors standards. This paper provides an exemplary case study applied to a digital modification at a nuclear power plant to highlight how the tool may be used in safety- and mission-critical industries.
Human Factors Scientist/ Engineer