User Study On Digital Colourpickers

Nicoline Kinch, Kolormondo; Jan Koenderink, University of Leuven

Most computer software  prgrammes have a colour picker. These are widely used by professionals and also by non-professionals. But these existing colour pickers are difficult to use and not very efficient; users do not always reach their wanted colour. Recent research shows that the result is often poor; users cannot find the colour they are looking for.

This paper describes a study aiming to compare such traditional colourpickers (in this case the one in Microsoft Office) with the prototype “Kolorpicker” from the Sweidsh company Kolormondo. We want to test both efficiency (search-time) and accuracy (ability to find a specific colour). The hypothesis is that Kolorpicker gives better results in both aspects.