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Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:5590-3. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0891-5590.

Colour, vision and ergonomics.

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CIAUD, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon. pinheiro.mcristina@gmail.com

Abstract

This paper is based on a research project - Visual Communication and Inclusive Design-Colour, Legibility and Aged Vision, developed at the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon. The research has the aim of determining specific design principles to be applied to visual communication design (printed) objects, in order to be easily read and perceived by all. This study target group was composed by a selection of socially active individuals, between 55 and 80 years, and we used cultural events posters as objects of study and observation. The main objective is to overlap the study of areas such as colour, vision, older people's colour vision, ergonomics, chromatic contrasts, typography and legibility. In the end we will produce a manual with guidelines and information to apply scientific knowledge into the communication design projectual practice. Within the normal aging process, visual functions gradually decline; the quality of vision worsens, colour vision and contrast sensitivity are also affected. As people's needs change along with age, design should help people and communities, and improve life quality in the present. Applying principles of visually accessible design and ergonomics, the printed design objects, (or interior spaces, urban environments, products, signage and all kinds of visually information) will be effective, easier on everyone's eyes not only for visually impaired people but also for all of us as we age.

PMID:
22317623
DOI:
10.3233/WOR-2012-0891-5590
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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