I was told this wasn’t like school and there would be no more tests. And that there would be snacks. I don’t see any snacks. What? Now I have to take a test? Oh boy.
The jobs of an Architect and Designer frequently include the evaluation of colors….colors of paint, materials, metals, you name it. We evaluate many color selections across products to ensure the different tones and hues will form a cohesive palette for your home, so that no material will look out of place or tacked-on at the last minute. But how do you measure color perception?
There are various vision tests that can be administered to gauge color perception. I have found this online test, based on the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test, to be a fairly good indicator of how you perceive color differences. Is it the end-all, be-all of vision tests? Certainly no, but if you hunker down in front of your computer for a few minutes and focus, you’ll probably get a fairly good idea of how you compare to great/good/bad/oh boy color perception.
The idea is to arrange the cells in each of the four rows in order of hue. The first and last cells are fixed and give you the idea of where to start. I took the test just a few minutes before writing this, and my arrangements looked something like this before I submitted for scoring:
How’d I do? Almost perfect. Which is a good thing if you work in the design field and are relied upon to recommend and select colors every day. I once had a boss at a design firm who was partially color-blind. No doubt his ordering of the cells would have been highly different from mine. How did he manage in the industry? Have another pair of eyes (or three) look at things to see how they judge color selections as a cross-check.
Upon submitting your “answers” the online test shows you areas of weakness:
I guess I have a tiny bit in the green wavelengths of the visible spectrum that aren’t quite perfect. That probably explains why I own only one green shirt. Or the fact that I am indeed an Architect and wear a lot of black…… The results might help you learn more about how you perceive color. For me, these serve as a good indicator that I’m suited to sift through all the paint colors out there when I’m working on a project.
Now go take the test for yourself and see if you can beat me!
By the way, remind me to tell you about the time I scored a perfect score. Enjoy!
This post was originally written before re-branding as Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture at the end of 2017.
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