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August 4, 2015 - Comments Off on Daylight Colors for Mobile Devices

Daylight Colors for Mobile Devices

This week I was asked to help out on an application that was going to used out in the daylight on a tablet. I should say the application was already developed, but they couldn't see the application on the screen when out in the daylight. I've never had to worry about this type of situation when designing interfaces in the past, so I was intrigued by the challenge. The hunt was on for a color palette.

As I typically do, I jump onto Google and start doing some searches. I found a lot of folks out their with the same questions I had. "What colors are easiest to see in the daylight on a tablet?"But there wasn't definite answer. Some folks say use high contrast, but don't specify colors. Other's rattled off pastels, which didn't make a lot of sense to me. Then I came across this article, "Display Battle: Which phones and tablets dominate in the sun?" which helped me out tremendously. Though they were not talking specifically about the use of colors in an application, I still found it useful to understand the technology behind the color displays.

So after reading this article and studying the graphics placed in it, I came up with a color palette that works. Let me warn you right now, there is nothing pretty about this color palette. I find it to be quite over the top and outrageous, but there is no place in good interface design for my personal taste.

With that said though, I did add into their interface a toggle to be able to switch between the "Daylight" color palette and the one they were originally using. There is no need for this crazy color palette when the user is sitting indoors working with the app.


Color palette for daylight viewing.