Sorting Out the Dress Mess: A Round-Up of Color Visions Tests and Articles

White and gold? Black and blue? Last week the Internet learned that the color of a dress, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Specifically in the cones in your retinas.


The dress turned out to be black and blue, and you can buy it for £50 at Amazon.

But whether you saw the dress as black and blue or white and gold, if you design for a living, you should understand the strengths and weaknesses of your color vision, and how it affects your work. Here at CreativePro, we’ve written many times about online color vision tests, some of which are actually a lot of fun to take:

The Online Color Challenge, where you have to put 88 dresses, er, color tiles in order.

A game simply called Color, where you have to precisely position colors on a wheel as a timer counts down (nerve-wracking, but fun).

Enchroma, a true color blindness test, also available as a mobile app.

And for related topics, check out:

Designing for the Colorblind

How to Choose Colors Everyone Likes

What Your Favorite Color Says About Your Career

10 Color Tips from Graphic Designers

Posted on: March 2, 2015

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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