Identifying Color for the Colorblind

While completing his thesis dissertation in design and marketing at the University of Minho, Miguel Neiva realized that little is done in the textile/clothing industry to alleviate the constraints of colorblind individuals.

Color Add color codes on colored pencils

The little graphic image identifies the color of each pencil.  See the code system below.

He took it upon himself to further explore the concept of ‘inclusion’ beyond his thesis and develop a color coding system for colorblind people. Miguel developed monochromatic graphic images and a code that allows the 10% of the world’s population that is colorblind to identify colors. This is especially important in situations where color is the determining factor in the decision-making.

Colorblind primary color codes

The first fully licensed design of its kind, ColorAdd® has become a challenging and motivating project for the designer, who is currently working with a multidisciplinary team in Portugal to expand its reach.

Color Add Secondary Color Codes

Read more about this innovative color code system at ICOGRADA

4 Responses to “Identifying Color for the Colorblind”

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  1. Jaima Brown says:

    That color code system is really cool! Amazing idea. It always makes me happy to see people be so creative in trying to help others see things in color to enjoy life better. Fantastic! Kate: you always bring interesting ideas on color to us. Color makes my day! Jaima
    .-= Jaima Brown´s last blog ..Fashionable Tattoos =-.

  2. Kate Smith says:

    I’m glad you liked the color code system as much as I do. So glad it made your day. Thanks for your comment. It made my day!

  3. miguel neiva says:

    I am the author of this project.
    thanks for the article and the comments.
    for me is an even greater motivation all the impact that this “project of inclusion” is having on global society.
    if you have any questions, I’m here to answer.
    thanks again.

  4. sarah says:

    What a fantastic idea i cant believe thet nobody has thought of this before well done!!

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