For those of you who are regular readers of TeraTalks you know that I have a lifelong dream to become famous, in-demand professional graphic designer. I have all the tools. Mac. Photoshop Creative Cloud, plus every decent graphic image manipulation utility that runs on OS X.
So, why am I not in demand as Chicagoland’s greatest graphic design queen? First, talent. Amazingly, having actual design talent means even more than having a Mac and all the apps the pros use. Second, a touch of color blindness which, remarkably mucks up designs, but combined with limited talent makes me a wannabe graphic designer.
But I still have all the tools, including a couple that people with similar issues might find useful. Sim Daltonism and Red Stripe, two Mac apps from the same app developer which can help people with color handicaps (or, to be politically correct, should that be referred to as color challenged in the same way as I am talent challenged?).
First, Sim Daltonism. This app lets you see colors as they are viewed by people who have one of the many variations of color blindness. For example:
To see the color variations simply move the Sim Daltonism window over an image on the screen. It simulates how the image’s color appears to those with a color blindness by acting as a visual filter for whatever is behind the window.
Command keys and a pop up window display various filters for a number of types of color blindness.
This is a great tool for anyone working on color designs to ensure that a variation can be produced that make it easier for people with color blindness can view, but not that such blindness varies person to person so all color samples will be an approximation.
Likewise, Red Stripe for Mac helps people with a red-green color blindness, one of the most common, to differentiate between colors. Again, it’s a floating window which displays an approximation of what people afflicted with red-green color blindness may see.
The floating filter is transparent but colors within the filter frame will adjust based upon how a color blind person views the same color.
Sim Daltonism and Red Stripe run on the Mac, but there’s also an iPhone and iPad version in the iTunes App Store. The former is free, while the latter has a nominal price tag. Both apps should be useful to graphic designers and photographers who want to ensure everyone can view their finished visual masterpieces.