Need a Project, no. 8? Color IQ

Are you overwhelmed when confronted with hundreds of Pantone color samples at Home Depot? Do you have difficulty telling red from green?  Are you one of every twelve men who have some form of color vision deficiency? When was the last time you tested your perception of colors and hues?

This week, why not schedule a few minutes to take one of several color IQ tests?

The most common form is the Farnsworth–Munsell 100 Hue Color Vision Test, which contains four distinct rows of similar color hues, each containing 25 distinct variations of each hue. Each color hue at the polar end of a row is fixed in position, to serve as an anchor. Each hue tile between the anchors can be adjusted as the observer sees fit. The final arrangement of the hue tiles represents the aptitude of the visual system in discerning differences in color hue.

The system was developed by Dean Farnsworth in the 1940s and it “tests the ability to isolate and arrange minute differences in various color targets with constant value and chroma that cover all the visual hues described by the Munsell color system.”


Then test your ability to name and match color with hue:

There are also tests for color blindness and other conditions. Once you finish, results are calculated immediately. You can also compare your results with those of others and see where you stand internationally. Note, the older you are, the greater the chances that your color perception is poor.


See also: Colour-blindness and colour-perception by F.W. Edridge-Green, M.D., F.G.S. … ; with three coloured plates (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1891). Full text online


Or Colour. The most fascinating magazine in the world (London: William Dawson and sons. 1914- ).