Back To Listings RSS Print

Another test for Golden Eyes

Are your eyes color deficient?

By Steve Hullfish | June 25, 2013

I posted another one of these color tests several months ago and it went viral, so I'm going with another one I found recently.

This doesn't have a UI that's quite as fun as the last one, but it's quite challenging.

According to the X-Rite website, 1 in 255 women and 1 in only 12 men have a color definiciency. This specific test is for variations of hue. The goal is to put the hues in order between two set colors on either end of a spectrum.

My first score was an 8. When I tried it again, I scored a 15, but both tests showed that I had a weakness for distinguishing hues in the green/blue range. The test from the other website showed the same deficiency. Then, of course, knowing I would be judged by my peers, I tried it again and found that if I adjusted the angle of my MacBookPro, I could discern the colors much better... You'll have to look to the last image to see my final score!

This is what the test looks like before "playing."

This is what the test looks like, on which I scored a 15 out of 100. 0 being a perfect score. As I'm pasting this image into the blog, I can see some of my mistakes already.

Here is how the test charted my color deficiencies.

Here's my third attempt! SUCCESS!

Play along! And if you REALLY want to make it hard, only move each square once... I didn't try that myself.

Editor's Choice
PVC Exclusive
From our Sponsors

Share This

Back To Listings RSS Print

Get articles like this in your inbox: Sign Up


Doodad: | June, 27, 2013

I think the results of this “test” are pretty bogus as even the two monitors connected to my computer differ in their rendition of the chip charts being used. Across the entire audience there is no consistency, and the accuracy is impossible to determine unless we use a monitor that has been set up using appropriate colorimetry tools. An HP monitor and an Apple monitor will not look the same and probably don’t have matching “color space.”

Steve Hullfish: | June, 27, 2013

It is true that having a decently set-up monitor would play into this, as I mentioned in the article, it was easier for me when I had my monitor tilted at the proper angle, but the spectrum of hues is still the same even if the hue itself is off. So the only real problem with the test is if your monitor is not providing enough distinguishing difference between each hue. As long as that is happening, the test is valid. My MacBookPro monitor is set up with color calibration software (though I haven’t kept it up to date, like you’re supposed to), but it’s a two year old basica Mac laptop monitor and it clearly provided me with enough distinguishing difference between hues that I was able to score perfectly. To have done that “randomly” or “by accident” would be nearly impossible given the number of permutations of possibilities. So unless your monitor REALLY sucks, then the test is relatively valid.

Please login or register to comment