02 Jul 2012 10:15:13
I’m not a design teccy or anything but on average, I think most people generally use the traffic light code, red being bad/stop , green being good/correct , and yellow/orange being hmm this could be okay lol :)
04 Jul 2012 09:22:01
Oh – missed this post. You need to consider cultures when it comes to colour – here’s why http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/colours-in-cultures/
27 Jul 2012 15:23:04
I like this post, it’s always intrigued me as to how so-called average users interpret what we spend so much time thinking about. In most cases I think there’s a difference between comments like ‘it’s just a colour’ and the reality when it comes to their approach to interaction. What’s great about this post is it demonstrates exactly that, the user that believes colour on a UI is ‘just a colour’ is or could be the same user that later relies on that same feedback to let them know what’s wrong.
I’m torn in the convention arguement though, I tend to find that it’s more important to be consistent than it is to follow convention – it depends on the context. It’s true if traffic lights were all changed over night I’m pretty sure there’d be some horrendous accidents but if you change your css overnight but the feedback messages, colours and structure remain consistent, I’m fairly sure users would cope.
Great post, always an interesting topic to investigate how different types of user and IT literacy interpret interaction and UI.