Visual Ergonomics for Colourblindness: Applying Universal Design Principles in Graphical User Interface to Provide Affordance to the Colourblind Users

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Abhinav Basak, Shatarupa Thakurta Roy
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Section: Industrial Design
Page(s): 2045-2054
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ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


With evolution of Graphical User Interface, the access to the computer interface was expanded to cater to the extreme user categories by providing accessibility features and making the computer interface more inclusive. One such extreme user category is colourblind, which has a special accessibility requirement from the GUI. This paper studies the iconography of the Microsoft Windows operating system interface with an objective to develop an inclusive icon design solution that is visually ergonomic for colourblind users to include them as a mainstream user category in a computer interface.

Keywords: human behaviour, user experience, human-centred design, visual ergonomics, colourblindness

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