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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color


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How a color image looks to the colorblind.

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Credit: Trello

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Kathryn Albany-Ward at U.K. nonprofit Colour Blind Awareness said colorblind people have difficulty discerning basic color-coded data in various technology applications, such as reading maps online or determining whether light-emitting diodes on Wi-Fi routers are blinking green or red.

Tom van Beveren, founder of the advocacy organization We Are Colorblind, said the gaming industry is taking progressive steps, with many new releases featuring a built-in colorblind mode.

Accessibility efforts of international brands are crucial for colorblind-friendly design, as Impact Branding & Design's Joseph Rinaldi said, "As these bigger companies push for this ... smaller companies will kind of take notice ... and follow suit. They dictate the way the Web is going to look for most people."

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