App to simulate color blindness

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Dan Gayle's picture
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App to simulate color blindness
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Just found this, and thought I'd share it with everyone:

As designers, we sometimes forget that not everyone can see color the same way we do. I found a sweet app that allows you to simulate what color blindness does to your designs, whether it be interface design or the composition of a 4-color poster.

Here's an example of this page as viewed by someone with color blindness:

So this free app for Windows, Linux and Mac simulates how approximately 5% of all men will see your designs. It's a pretty cool app to add to your toolbox o' design stuff.

Anyway, the app is here http://colororacle.cartography.ch/

Brian Jongseong Park's picture
Joined: 15 Mar 2006 - 12:53pm
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I am colour blind (deuteronopia), and it is eerie how I cannot notice anything out of the ordinary with the colours in the sample above. Only because the elements like the Font Bureau advert are on the same page enabling side-by-side comparison do I see that the colours are actually different. When people with normal colour vision see the above sample and immediately notice that the colours are off?

Dan Gayle's picture
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Wow. Totally. The colors in that screenshot are totally opposite of the live website.

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As someone who is already colorblind, I wish there were a software that did the reverse and let me see the way normal people do :)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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One day there will be hardware to do that!

hhp