Testing the visual consistency of web sites

Thea van der Geest, N.R. Loorbach

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Consistency in the visual appearance of Web pages is often checked by experts, such as designers or reviewers. This article reports a card sort study conducted to determine whether users rather than experts could distinguish visual (in-)consistency in Web elements and pages. The users proved to agree on the elements and pages that were consistent, even when they demonstrated different approaches in describing why elements or pages belonged together. Color, background, and font proved to be the main visual cues that users paid attention to. Card sorting with visual elements is not only a suitable tool for testing visual consistency, but also offers new ways to investigate the effects of particular visual elements of Web sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
JournalTechnical communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • IR-94576
  • METIS-228468

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