X-Rite is a company bent on making sure we can see and understand color better. Color; definitely something we all take for granted. Developing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting innovative color solutions, X-Rite uses measurement systems, software, color standards and services to bring us the most accurate, soulful colors possible. They attempt to get the color you want right the first time, translating to better quality and reduced costs. I can’t tell you how many times I go to FedEx Kinko’s, or to my local architecture color printer room, and print version after version of atrosciously discolored pages. It’s remarkable how we have too many color systems (however standardized they may be), ranging from B/W, CMYK, RBH, CRH, and etc. Granted, every technology requires a slightly different system, but you’d think that printing businesses can stop using old CMYK and move to today’s more popular RGB. I asked the printing press used by the Washingtonian Magazine (where I worked for a summer as a design intern), and they said that converting to a new system now would be horrendous, despite CMYK’s inherent printing press faults. There just doesn’t really exist a large scale and efficient RGB printing system.
Returning to the task at hand, EFuzzy was bored enough to send me a link to X-Rite’s Hue Ordering Challenge. I was immediately surprised by the link, since EFuzzy doesn’t make a habit of sending links besides YouTube videos or anime-related news. Regardless, I was excited to be presented with a challenge down my field. I’m not actually very good with colors, to be honest. I don’t have artistic vision and decision capabilities when it comes to composing my own work, but I find myself pretty apt and being to criticize color.
The Online Color Challenge asks you to order the randomly arranged hues between two colors depicted on either end of the screen. The hues are incrementally spaced out, but similar hues can inherently look almost no different from one another when put together side by side. Truly, I initially thought the challenge was easy, but after finishing it and returning to check my decisions, I spent an extra 10-15 minutes second guessing myself.
Interestingly, women have much better color perception, where guys generally have some form of color vision deficiency. The horror! After much stress and concentration, I got a score of 0, or assumedely perfect color vision (lol). What score can you get? Visit the website here.