New Tool Looks for Potentially Problematic Colors in Web Design

You can have trouble distinguishing colors on the Web but not be colorblind. A new tool aims to held designers identify which color palettes are most accessible. “Christopher Brooks, [University of Michigan] research assistant professor of information, and colleagues surveyed more than 30,000 people to examine how dim conditions and bright sunlight, in addition to varied abilities, can influence how people differentiate color. The researchers then used the survey results to develop ColorCheck, a web tool that can help digital designers see what colors large swaths of their audiences can’t. The software compares color pairs and tells designers what portion of an image’s hues certain percentages of the population can and can’t tell apart. ColorCheck also pinpoints trouble spots on an image by laying a mask of black pixels over them.”

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