Friday, April 08, 2005

Usability: Color & Focus

37signals articulates patterns pretty well.

Summary: Use colors similar to background for the least important elements, and make them small, around the sides. Contrast and visibilty increases on elements with attention paid to them: for instance, mouse over often indicates the locus of attention.

Futher reading on focus + the interface, turn to the late, great Jef Raskin and play with THE.
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