[Fwd: FW: thoughts on color]

Subject: [Fwd: FW: thoughts on color]
From: Barbara Karst-Sabin <barbara -at- QUOTE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 15:55:46 -0800

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Subject: Re: FW: thoughts on color
From: Barbara Karst-Sabin <barbara -at- quote -dot- com>
To: CLPerry -at- WALLDATA -dot- COM
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 13:54:44 -0800


I'm sending this to you personally, because it's not really list
material. I once participated in a study at a University to evaluate
whether students learned more/better with computer-based material or
more traditional paper. Unfortunately, the study was set up so that the
computer-based portion was multiple choice with no way to make an answer
correction, i.e., if you inadvertently hit the wrong key, that was your
answer, no matter what you might have intended.

Then the paper material was a standard "essay test" format. Apples and
oranges!!! How could they expect to get an accurate assessment from
that? And I'd hate to tell you how much my company put into the study
-- must have financed the doctoral candidate's degree program!

Ergo, I'm always a little leery of studies of this kind unless I've had
a chance to study the whole set up. That's not to say that I disagree
with the findings you mention. Just my little quirk.


Lynn Perry wrote:
> > >Just because someone is drawn to a color document, even if the
> > information=
> >is conveyed just as effectively as black and white, should we use color =
> >when it's not necessary?
> A study was presented at a conference on user interface design (ACM's
> SIGCHI). Two groups of folks were presented the same information. The group
> whose presentation included color provided higher ratings for information
> understanding and organization.
> These results make me wonder if using color is ever "not necessary." Color
> blindness and cultural meanings of color aside, it's hard to ignore.
> C. Lynn Perry
> clperry -at- walldata -dot- com
> Opinions expressed are mine alone
> Wall Data Incorporated, Seattle WA
> Some days it doesn't pay to gnaw through the straps
> From ??? -at- ??? Sun Jan 00 00:00:00 0000==

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