Color Guidelines for Digital Accessibility

Color is a great way to enhance the look and feel of digital content. The use of color alone to convey meaning creates problems for people with low vision, color perception deficiencies and color blindness. Using color with accessibility guidelines in mind is an easy and effective way to create digital content that is both appealing and accessible to all.

Additional Resources on Designing with Color Blindness in mind:

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  • Text and interactive elements should have a color contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. WebAIM Color Contrast Checker
  • Color should not be the only indicator for interactive elements. For example, underline links on hover, or mark a required field with an asterisk.
  • Use patterns or dark outlines of color sections in charts and graphs. 
  • Consider using a Color Blindness Color Palette