Color meanings with regard to buttons: Opinions/research?
11 Nov 2011 - 11:19am
2 years ago
One problem that has continually surfaced in my recent work at my place of employment has been button colors. Specifically, little or no thought goes into the meaning of what color is being used for the button in regard to its functionality. Even worse, there is often no thought given to a consistent treatment of buttons across an interface.
So for example, I'll see save buttons that are red, and I'll see the same color being used for a save, change and exit button.
As I'm sure many of you know, it's one thing to simply try and explain such a thing to people, and another to point to some solid research or writing to back it up. I often feel that without something behind what I am saying, I get the "well that's just your opinion" reaction - no matter how correct my observation.
I'm currently trying to modify an interface that is causing our customers a lot of problems, and a big issue to me is the buttons and their colors. So with that, I'm wondering if anyone has any input, links, research or opinions to share on the issue of what types of color to use for what types of buttons. I certainly have my own opinions, but I would love to hear yours and see what references (if any) you might have.