Dealing with Colorblindness

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One in 12 men, and one in every 200 women are affected by colorblindness.
According to the National Eye Institute, color blindness affects more men than women because the genes responsible for color blindness are inherited by the X chromosome.
Mutations can occur on the two genes, red and green light proteins on the X chromosome, causing the color blindness.
Since women have two X chromosomes, men only have one. If women inherit the gene the other X chromosome compensates for the loss, while males cannot. This inheritance pattern is commonly referred to as X-linked.
The three most common types of color blindness are red-green, blue-yellow, and complete color blindness.
Two male students are affected by the condition.
Junior Jesse Maldonado figured out his condition, complete color blindness, when he was about six.
“I discovered I was color blind when I was around six because I was naming colors wrong and my mom thought I was messing with her,” Maldonado said.
Senior Jeremiah Delzer found out about his condition another way.
“I couldn’t tell the difference between black and purple in a children’s group. I struggle with darker shades,” Delzer said.
Chances are, if someone is colorblind it means that someone else in their family is also colorblind. It is almost always the father.
However, this is not always the case.
People who design movie poster have a huge responsibility. They have to capture an entire film within one image, while simultaneously establishing tone and theme.
One great way to achieving this task is through the use of color.
Appropriate color balanced with imagery has the power to convey messages that reach a person without the use of words.
For example, look at the posters for the movies Drive and Baby Driver.
Both movies have similar plots about a getaway driver and his hero’s journey. Their styles, however, contrast each other dramatically.
One poster is bright and loud as because the movie primarily takes place during the day. The other movie poster is dark as the film is more personal and takes place during the night.
Both posters have the same colors, bright pinks, contrasting with dark blues. Examples like this are everywhere.
Another popular color scheme is the color combination of cyan and orange.
“My older brother, Gabriel, is also color blind,” Delzer said.
Fashion is affected most by the day-to-day living of color blindness.
“Typically, I wear white, black, or gray for simplicity,” Maldonado said.
“I usually wear black and another color so I don’t mismatch,” Delzer said.
Maldonado has a positive outlook on his condition.
“It’s something that I have to deal with the rest of my life, so I have to learn to live with it,” Maldonado said.
Delzer still has other day-to-day struggles.
“I struggle with school assignments and maps. I constantly ask for help with colors in school,” Delzer said.

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