A good quick blurb on the importance of color in UI design from Lukas Mathis, who in turn is talking about a post on the Literature and Latte blog (the folks behind Scrivener). I don’t want to pull any quotes from the article because it’s a short linklog style post with a lot of tie-in to his book, Designed for Use, which is a great read for anyone working in UI/UIX. Click through and check out his post and the L&L post.
The context for the discussion is the new grayscale sidebar icons introduced by Apple in Lion, one of the few things that I don’t like about the new OS. If, like me, these things grate at you a little bit; and if, like me, you aren’t afraid of tweaking your system a little bit, then there are ways to get the colored icons back in some apps. There’s a resource file replacement trick for iTunes, and a SIMBL plugin for Finder. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a fix for anything else (I’d kill for a fix in iPhoto), and I usually try to avoid SIMBL like the plague, but I miss those colors for all of the reasons pointed out by Lukas.