interface design suggestions
mailing.vivek at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 09:01:54 CEST 2007
> - I understand that you are using the same non-gray color through the
> interface (orange) to get some coherence. This can be a good idea to
> avoid making bad color choices but we can do better and get:
> a) better usability. using different colors for different categories
> of things is a universal and accepted way of improving usability
> (think of traffic lights and signals). You shouldn't avoid this
> b) better experience. The same color all over the interface can get
> boring quickly!
I would second this. I think OM designers should seriously consider
> - (strictly design problem) I didn't like the horizontal gradient on
> top, really took my attention toward the left, I felt it was a
+1 for this one.
> - Speaking of font sizes notice how by removing unnecessary elements
> now I have bigger font sizes everywhere that make everything easier to
Bigger font sizes is a good option especially for mobile phoens. I
remeber I used to strugle a lot with small font sizes on my Motorola
linux based smart phone.
> - The orange glow to indicate selection of an item: it's a cool idea,
> but unfortunately there's little contrast between orange and white
> (remember this is a cellphone so we need a lot of contrast). Contrast
> between yellow and black is 65%, contrast between the current orange
> and white is 43%. Contrast between a selected cell and the cells above
> and below also helps, that's why I've removed the glow. A plus about
> yellow is that it is intuitively recognized as the most used color to
> highlight stuff. Contrast figures are approximate since I don't know
> the gamma values of the device in question.
Another good suggestion. Also I would like community/OM designers to
come up witha theme suitable for colour blinds. People with color
disability form a considerable number of mobile users and notice them
struggle with mobile phones all the time.
More information about the community