Colour Blindness

People who are affected by colour blindness are unable to distinguish between different hues of certain colours. The most commonly affected distinction is between red and green, although problems can also occur with the blue and yellow wavelengths, as well as total colour blindness.

Advice

  • Don't rely soly on colour to highlight something, such as red text. Add another visual cue such as boldness or underline.
  • Avoid placing red and green together.
  • Choose colours with awareness. ColorBrewer 2.0 is a resource that can help in making accessible colour decisions. ​ 
  • Check your documents for visual accessibility before the final draft. 
    • Print in grey scale and make sure the document does not rely on colour for clarity.
    • Use a tool like Vischeck to see how your images look under different forms of colour blindness.

Resources

Tools

  • Vischeck: reproduces your images under various forms of colour blindness so you can better determine if your reporting will be readable. 
  • ColorBrewer 2.0: provides schemes for colour-coding data, categorical, ordinal, or interval, that will be distinguishable for those with colorblindness. 
Updated: 25th August 2014 - 2:43pm
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