I am color blind, and happy about it. If you have been reading this blog then you would know that, from these pieces I have written: “The Benefits of Color Blindness” and “Why We Disagree“. It’s a challenge that I have learned to live with and overcome. In fact, I have learned to use it to my advantage, as a way to look at the world and see things that others might not.
To be sure, I could not become the doctor or pilot, I once thought I wanted to be. But then again, had I not been color blind and became one of those, it would have been a different version of myself, not me. And, I am happy with me, flaws and all.
Still, I get reactions from others when they find out I am color blind, that suggest there is a gross misunderstanding of color blindedness, a condition which 8% or more of the male population enjoy. Some people think it’s a disability, others think maybe it’s like seeing in black or white, or even “see through”. So I was pleased to find this wonderful award winning short clip “Ishihara”, featured above, made by a color blind film student, that provides a nicely illustrated view of color blindness.
Some people think being color blind is like seeing in black and white
The good news is that the world continues to make progress in understanding the challenge of color blindness. I ran into a good piece titled “Designer Blog“, written by Alex Bigman which focuses on designing for color blind audiences. Alex points out to designers that simple cues can be added to a design to make objects or information less ambiguous. He is right, and as more designers adopt these practices, the challenge of color blindedness will diminish in time.
I have learned that challenges, when handled well, can be the root of advantages. I have also learned that the world gets better at understanding and handling our various challenges, and that’s a good thing. My only worry? I will have to find another advantage. And I will.
What about you, what are you doing to turn your challenges into advantages?