Océ established itself early on with operating units that make it as easy as possible for the user to make settings. By default, those settings that are used in most cases are already pre-programmed.
Settings that are less frequently made during normal use are available, but are not at the front. In this way, most copy or print jobs can be performed without any setup. That philosophy materialized into the “green button”.
1979 Green button
The green start button is prominently located on the control panel.
Operating other keys is not necessary in most cases.
Other institutions initially had their own test. Later, with the proliferation of adjustable functions, the keys became multi-functional, with their meaning indicated by a display screen around which keys were placed. The graphic screen design was standardized under the name Vanilla.
This concept lasted until 2006.
When more and more settings were offered via screens in more modern machines, the green button also had to give up its position as a physical key.
A new operating concept OCEAN has been developed, in which the complete operation of a copy or print job is performed using a touch-sensitive screen. The concept is broader than just a device control. There are also versions for operating software products such as the PRISMA and Reprodesk systems.
OCEAN is designed as a clear, recognizable corporate identity for Océ user interface design. It logically guides the user through advanced and complex work processes. Based on a consistent look & feel and system behavior across a wide range of products and applications. By defining a unified, standardized view of the document workflow, it shortens the learning curve, supports productivity and brings the operation of widely different systems closer together.
OCEAN was rolled out across all Océ products, printers and software systems and is still the standard user interface of Canon CPP today. Because it defines the face of Océ products, International Design protection has been obtained for the design.