Assuming for a moment that you’ve read TeraTalks for more than a week, then you know I have a desire to become a famous graphic designer. I have all the tools. Mac. Apps. Desire. There’s just a few little problems that stay in my way.
First, there’s the mortgage (which requires payment every month), then car payments (ditto), the obvious lack of design talent, and a touch of color blindness, which, as a number of instructors have told me, isn’t a good thing for a designer wannabe.
To show friends, family, and anyone who will listen even if they’re not interested in what it’s like to be color blind, there’s Sim Daltonism, a free utility app which displays on the Mac’s screen what we see. This is a great add-on for graphic designers, website developers, and anyone interested in color combinations.
The app filters in real time an area around the Mac’s screen pointer, and displays what a color blind person sees in a nearby floating palette. Here are a few examples of how colors can be viewed by those with Daltonism.
Alas, the free app Sim Daltonism won’t help me with my ongoing desire to be a world famous graphic designer. All it does is show graphic designers with very good eyes what their color combinations look like to those of us with visual impairments. Wherever the Mac’s screen pointer goes, the area around it displays colors in a palette the way some of us see the colors.