Most people believe that color blindness is similar to seeing in black and white like an Instagram filter or an older movie. That is not true, and in this case seeing in only black and white is a very rare case. For example, people who have been diagnosed with color blindness cannot see red, yellow or green.
“Color blindness is not ‘color blindness’! There are still a lot of people who think that if you are colorblind you really can’t see any colors. But the term is misleading, as more than 99% of all colorblind people can see colors. A better wording would be color vision deficiency, which describes this visual disorder more precisely” (www.color-blindness.com).
Preschool teachers, parents and even doctors could benefit from a little test booklet for the younger audience to discover color blindness at an early age. Not to mention also avoiding other visual issues in school because a lot of teachers depend on colors to teach their students. Someone who is not capable of seeing a select color may have trouble understanding the concept and not learning as quickly as the other kids do.
Most tests on the market are not suitable for a younger audience because it contains numbers which a lot of younger kids still do not know or comprehend. This color blindness booklet will allow anyone to test themselves and their children without having to spend a fortune. This test booklet only serves as an awareness and helpful guide for parents, teachers and guardians who want to check their children to see if there are any signs of color vision deficiency.
These instructions were created to be easy to follow. I wanted to design something simple for parents or guardians to quickly comprehend and move on to the actual important content. At this point the adult should be sitting with the child. The child should have some sort of writing utensil to draw a line over the different colored path.
1. Sit down with the child
2. Give them crayons
3. Ask them to trace the different colored path
4. Go through the whole booklet
5. If they cannot find the path, move on to the next page
6. Track how many pages they get cannot complete
7. Refer to the information in the back for more details
The final product is a saddle stitch book made up of 40 pages, 16 tests and extra content. This booklet was designed in Adobe Illustrator and then imported into Adobe InDesign for final print production. Adobe Illustrator was the perfect program to work with because it allows the designer to see what the design would look like with color blindness deficiencies.
In Adobe Illustrator under View and Proof Setup you can select between two different variations of Color Blindness previews. Even though they are limited to Protanopia and Deuteranopia it is still extremely helpful for designers who want to create visuals for a wider audience. In Adobe InDesign I was able to set up a saddle stitch booklet for the HP Indigo 5500. The rest of the booklet was put together by hand in the ASU Print & Imaging Lab.