Red Herrings: Debunking The Pop Psychology Of Color

It’s no secret that color is important to designers: when employed correctly, color not only looks pretty, but also can capture attention, convey a message, and toy with emotions. The problem is, UXers often miss the mark when thinking about how to use color effectively – we rely on “pop psychology” knowledge that hasn’t been supported by scientific research, or even worse, is just plain wrong. In this presentation, I’ll use fun visual demos and interesting color perception research to explore the RIGHT ways to use color to communicate emotion, significance, and meaning when designing user experiences. I’ll also discuss how to design more accessible experiences for people with color perception problems, such as colorblind and older users. You will leave the session with a number of flexible color-choice strategies for designs that are more memorable, meaningful, and easier to use!