IMT1004 - Color in Interface Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 10/100
Assignment 10/100
Assignment 10/100
Written examination 70/100 5 hours D

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

Mandatory coursework requirements:
3 assignments must be approved

Compulsory assignments

  • Innleveringer

Further on evaluation

For the written exam, there will be a re-sit examination in August.

3 Assignments:
2 in groups and 1 individual

All parts must be passed

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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

Course materials

Textbooks (fortsatt under vurdering)
• 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:  10.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2019

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 10/100

Release 2019-02-01

Submission 2019-02-11

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 10/100

Release 2019-03-25

Submission 2019-04-01

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 10/100

Release 2019-04-15

Submission 2019-04-29

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 D 2019-05-21 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
A-atriet-2/3 (A-160) Ametyst 0
A061 Ametyst 0
A062 Ametyst 0
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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