How to survive as a colourblind designer

05 May 2011

…It’s a question that pops up every now then from other designers with colourblindness, asking me what techniques I use to work around it. I hesitate to ‘play the CB tambourine’ yet again, but for those that struggle with it there are 3 things I rely on a lot (apart from discovering HSL colour):

  1. Ask people. If I’m ever unsure of a colour I’m using, or being asked to use, I ask someone that isn’t colourblind. That’s usually either Leigh or one of my studio mates at No73.
  2. Steal other colour schemes. If you see something that works, nick it. Get something like the indispensable ColorSnapper and grab the colour values of things you like (as well as tell you what colour something is)
  3. Don’t be afraid to use black and white with one accent colour

Nothing is foolproof, and remember that everyone sees colour differently anyway :)

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