Colour blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world. In Britain this means that there are approximately 3 million colour blind people (about 4.5% of the entire population), most of whom are male.
Did you know that the only reason that Facebook is blue is because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colour blind!
Our design team were recently asked if you could be colour blind and still be a graphic designer. None of the team is colour blind, but it’s a common misperception that if you do suffer from colour blindness, you couldn’t possibly be a graphic designer!
Red-green colour blindness is the most common, followed by blue-yellow and while it might put a designer at a bit of a disadvantage, it’s not impossible to work in this field with colour blindness.
If you know your ‘weak spot’, you can easily ask for help from your work colleagues if your work involves those colours that you’re not able to easily distinguish. But a lot of projects will have pre-agreed colour choices, with clear references – which takes a lot of the pressure off. And there are also lots tools out there to help that offer colour blind friendly modes.
It’s a bit hard to describe if you don’t suffer, but it definitely shouldn’t put you off becoming a graphic designer if that’s a career you’d like to pursue.
And if you are a graphic designer looking for a career that’s going places, we’d love to hear from you (whether you’re colour blind or not!).
Get all the details here or give us a call on 01782 630777 and ask for Rob.