Saturday, September 19, 2009

New website: We Are Colorblind

Special thanks to Daniel Fl├╝ck of for this guest post.

Tom van Beveren from the Netherlands put together a very comprehensive site on all sorts of stuff people should know, if they want to build/design a website which doesn’t exclude colorblind visitors. Because almost 5% of all people are suffering from some form of color vision deficiency, this is something every web publisher should care about.

we are colorblind

The site We are includes a lot of very interesting topics related to color blindness on the web. It is structured as follows:

Patterns for the Color Blind:A list of very useful patterns you can follow while you’re designing your web content. If you follow those patterns, colorblind people will definitely find their way around on your page.

Quick Tips: This section provides supportive information for all the patterns from the above mentioned list. If you dig into the quick tips you’ll learn more on how color blind people see the world and how you can use this information.

Color vision and web Tools: Hopefully this is an ever growing list of great tools to help you while you are building your web site or just on your way through the web.

Good and bad online Examples: The examples section gives a good overview of good solutions, which help people with color vision deficiency. The list also includes bad examples; web sites unusable by color blind visitors.

If you think about building a new web page, redesign your site or get your online content ready for colorblind visitors, make sure you visit and follow the tips and patterns provided by Tom.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

THIS is why we're here

I've been writing articles for Grey Means Go since the beginning of the year, starting with a post entitled Why are we here? In it I briefly discussed color vision deficiency and its effect on transportation safety. The answer to the "why" question was simply to elevate this discussion.

I was wrong (or at least incomplete).

What had not occurred to me was shared in an e-mail I received a few weeks ago, in response to a blog post on the new Huetility iPhone app:


My son is colorblind and wants to be an engineer. I have been searching the internet for programs (i.e. the eye pilot) and came across this iPhone app. I know it won't help my son directly, but it brings attention to the need to know there are people who cannot see color and helps various industries design their programs so so my son isn't affected.

Thank you soooo much...It is people like you that keep my son still in the game. My son is completely colorblind and very good at math and wants to help people. I want him to be able to contribute to society and share his mathematical and scientific strengths.

Thank you again...thank you so very much...


To be perfectly honest, this had not crossed my mind. The fact that this small effort can inspire others (particularly kids) is very cool. I'm confident that Stacy's son can contribute as much as he desires, regardless of how well he can tell red from green.