An interesting find today with a touch of Design meets Science from NASA. With wide ranging topics and immense detail, interesting to take a look at design through a scientific explanation from NASA Color Usage Research Lab.
Take a look, full of quite amazing technical description and details. Here is the site map along with a couple of site quotes…all quite dry, but kind of interesting.
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Color Graphics Topics
Labeling with Color
Grouping with Color
Color and Popout
Creating Urgency Hierarchies
Creating Perceptual Layers
Designing with Luminance Contrast
Luminance Contrast in Color Graphics
Choosing Background Colors
Last Resorts: Outlining/Infills
Color Guidelines, Standards, and Requirements
Introduction to Guidelines and Standards
Hierarchy of Color Usage Guidelines
Guidelines for Color Discrimination and Identification
Luminance Contrast Color Guidelines
Other Color Design Guidelines
Color Guidelines Bibliography
Applied Color Science
Luminance and Chromaticity
Color Discrimination and Identification
Designing with Blue
Individual Differences in Color Vision
Masking by Patterns
Blinking, Flashing and Temporal Response
Simultaneous and Successive Contrast
Display Hardware and Software
Discussion of last graphic alternatives for giving symbols sufficient luminance contrast, including outlining and infills.
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