We don’t need to go into too much detail about the importance of colour. We’ve included several links here to help determine the best time and place to use colour, and more importantly how colour can influence the learner’s journey.

This article is a good starter and will allow us to consider what colours can be used to impact retention.

How Does Color Affect Memory?

This website is a passion project by Jacob Olesen. It’s worth exploring the rest of the website.

The Adobe Color Wheel Site is a great tool to find complimentary colours if you have a starting colour already.

The following article is a more detailed look at how colour can invoke emotions.

Using Colour to Communicate in Digital Learning

From “b online” (Specialists in Articulate)

From one of our favourites, Connie Malamed the eLearning Coach. A good point Connie makes here is to use photographs as the insipration for colour on your screens. This is done easily using the colour picker tool, or eyedropper tool now found in most software like PowerPoint.

8 Ways To Choose A Color Palette For eLearning

From the eLearning Coach (Connie Malamed)

The previous article includes a link to a contrast checker for colour blind people seen here. Another article underneath looks at specific colour blindness issues and how to adapt your colour palettes accordingly.

Contrast Checker

From the Center for Persons with Disabilities

Here is another resource talking about Colour Palettes for accessibility.

How to Use Color Blind Friendly Palettes to Make Your Charts Accessible

From Venngage

Some further great articles talking about Psychology and colour, specifically for eLearning.

6 Ways Color Psychology Can Be Used to Design Effective eLearning

From SH!FT Learning

Color Me Intrigued: e-Learning and the Psychology of Color

From Trivantis (Makers of Lectora)