IDG1004 - Color in Interface Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 30 minutes E

Course content

  • Light, colour and the human visual system
  • Colour mixing principles on computer systems
  • Colour harmony and colour contrast
  • Digital colours
  • Use of colour and meaning, colour semantics
  • Colour ordering systems
  • Using colour and colour contrast to enhance user interaction
  • Colour-related aspects of universal design

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of colour perception and its impact on the design of computer-based graphics. Students will be able to apply principles of colour harmony and skills in the selection of colour to their design of screen-based media including user interfaces. Students will also learn about the problems faced by users with colour vision deficiencies and how to apply universal design principles.

Expected knowledge:

  • Describe features of the human visual system and colour perception applicable to screen-based design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of colour vision defects and how they are addressed in universal design.
  • Show an understanding of colour palettes and their use to screen-based design.

Expected skills:

  • Demonstrate principles of colour harmony.
  • Demonstrate methods of selecting and encoding colours for screen-based design.
  • Apply an understanding of colour perception to interface design.

Expected general competence:

  • Demonstrate basic theoretical and practical knowledge in terms of assessment of the design of user interfaces as well as to generate new user interface that is consistent with universal design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of universal design principles in the use of colour in user interfaces, especially in relation to vision defects.

Learning methods and activities


-Group work

-Lab exercise

-Mandatory exercise

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 required courseworks

Further on evaluation

Oral exam 100%, there will be a re-sit examination in August.

2 mandatory assgnments must be approved.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Interaction Design (BIXD)
Web Design (ÅRWEB)

Course materials

Rhyne Theresa-Marie, Applying Color Theory to Digital Media and Visualization, CRC Press; 1 edition (2017)

Additional litterature:

Teigen Tom, Farger en visuell innføring, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS 2004

Valberg Arne, Fargenes verden, Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2009

Chisholm, W. and May, M. (2008) Universal Design for Web Applications: Web Applications That Reach Everyone, O'Reilly Media

Berns, R. (2000) Billmeyer and Saltzman’s principles of colour technology NY: Wiley

Lecture notes

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
  • Interaction Design
  • Media Studies and Communication
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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