Colorblind mode in ArcGIS for cartographic design

07-27-2015 05:46 PM
Status: Implemented
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New Contributor II

When designing web maps (and for that matter, paper maps) we often try to take into account viewers who are color-blind. It would be helpful if you could preview in color-blind mode or design in color-blind mode so that you could have an idea of how your map/web map will look to someone who is color blind vs not color blind. I am suggesting a toggle mode.
I overheard this idea during the UC. I'm surprised that it isn't already logged.

Related to this idea:

I may be wrong, but I think this would improve the look of maps for black & white copiers too.

Absolutely. Microsoft Powerpoint has a way to do this and it's excellent.  This may simply be a doc issue. Workflows to view a map product in grayscale exist for sure, and they should be documented in the help or in a kb document.


ArcGIS Pro already ships with a ColorBrewer palette which, if you look at the documentation at ColorBrewer: Color Advice for Maps has some solid recommendations for print-friendly, display-friendly and color-blind friendly palettes.

Or are we talking about recoloring basemaps as well? 


Cool! I will try this with my students.

by Anonymous User

I think what would be able ideal from a web app you have a widget or tool that allows you to select the types, similar to what you have in gaming.

Status changed to: Under Consideration
Status changed to: In Product Plan
Status changed to: Implemented

A Color Vision Deficiency Simulator was added to ArcGIS Pro 3.0.

See a quick demo along with all of the other ideas you can look forward to in ArcGIS Pro 3.0 in Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 3.0 

Also be sure to check out the What's New documentation: