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Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

Founder & Principal

Elizabeth Allen is a UX researcher, cognitive psychology PhD, and sporadic banjo-player based in Toronto, Canada. She is the Founder & Principal of Brazen, a UX research consultancy that helps clients such as Mozilla, Shopify, and Wealthsimple identify and solve critical UX problems in their digital and physical products. In addition to doing research, Elizabeth spends a great deal of time teaching, including two online courses on UX research methods for O’Reilly Media, and has lectured on psychology and research design at The University of Chicago and the Pratt School of Information. When she isn't working, Elizabeth tries to give back by mentoring through HexagonUX and serving on conference committees for UXPA and UXRCollective.

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Past Talks and Workshops

Red Herrings: Debunking the Pop Psychology of Colour


Colour is one of the most powerful tools at a designer's disposal. When used effectively, it can capture attention, convey a message, and even toy with emotions. Some of the best designers in the world are those who expertly put colour to work, having it take on this communicative weight in subtle and beautiful ways that are sometimes beyond the viewer's conscious awareness.

Unfortunately, however, it’s easy for us to miss the mark when we try to use colour effectively – UX blogs posts and articles are full of “pop psychology” knowledge about colour that isn’t backed up by scientific research, or even worse, is just plain wrong.

This talk will debunk some big colour myths and replace them with scientifically-grounded ways you can level up the use of colour in your own practice. Through fascinating research on colour perception (no science background required, I promise!) and fun visual demos, we’ll explore the RIGHT ways to use colour to communicate emotion, significance, and meaning when designing beautiful and accessible user experiences.