COLOUR NAMES AND FOCAL COLOURS ON ELECTRONIC DISPLAYS

Authors
  1. Kaufmann, R.
  2. O'Neill, M.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The study identified the colours that were preceived as being the best examples (focal colours) of 10 common colour names when viewed on an electronic display. A total of 204 colours derived from a reflective surface colour measurement system (Munsell) were converted to the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) 1976 system and presented on a cathode ray tube (CRT). Forty subjects chose what was preceived as the best examples for each of the following colour terms; purple, blue, aqua, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, grey, and white. Results show that focal colours on a CRT do not always correspond to the typical colours used or to the best examples for reflective surface colours. The display designer should consider these differences when selecting colours for display.
Report Number
DCIEM-91-38 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Jan 1993
Number of Pages
10
Reprinted from
Ergonomics, vol 36, no 8, 1993, p 881-890
DSTKIM No
93-03772
CANDIS No
134243
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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