Decorative Color as a Rhetorical Enhancement on the World Wide Web
Professional communication scholars have defined the decorative narrowly and subordinated it to informational text. Yet, current psychological research indicates that decorative elements elicit emotion-laden reactions that may precede cognitive awareness and influence interpretation of images. We conceive the decorative in design, and specifically color, as a complex rhetorical phenomenon. Applying decorative and color theory and analyzing design examples illustrating aesthetic, ethical, and logical appeals, we present a range of potential uses for color in electronic media.
Technical Communication Quarterly
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Richards, Anne and Carol David. "Decorative Color as a Rhetorical Enhancement on the World Wide Web." Technical Communication Quarterly 14.1 (2005) 31-48.