What areas, if any, of graphic design could a person with color blindness be active in?
Can a person who has problems differentiating colours actually work in such a field?
This is not an experts opinion, it’s just based on my experience and thoughts.
When I read your question, I instantly thought of a fantasy painter called Ciruelo ( http://www.dac-editions.com/ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciruelo_Cabral). He is color blind and he has been working on illustration and design for years:
Ciruelo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, suffering from color
blindness. That would not stop Ciruelo who at age 13 enrolled in
Instituto Fernando Fader, an art school, where he began his formal
studies. He started working as illustrator at age 18 for a graphic
advertising company, and soon after began doing comic covers.
I imagine he had to find an equilibrium between what he thought was aesthetically pleasing and what other people did, or maybe in his case it was closely related. It might even be that the fact that he was color blind was what made him so famous: his color combinations were not expected or were outside the comfort zone.
You could start by doing some research on color blind artists and theory, and then maybe producing some work and show it to professionals and people in general (I’m sure everyone in here will be more than pleased to make a nice thread about it, and it could be very useful for other people) to see what they think. It could help you develop a “safe combinations” palette and reinforce what you already know.
Now, about he area.. I work in digital design so I’m not sure about print. I feel websites and apps (and interface in general) has more artistic freedom, but it’s up to you, really, if you are determined I think you could work in any area.
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