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A design guide for the use of colour and contrast to improve the built environment for visually impaired people

Author: Bright, K.
Type: Book
Year: 1997


This design guide is based upond research findings from Project Rainbow, a project carried out under the supervision of K Bright at the University of Reading, Department of Construction Management and Engineering. The knowledgeable and sensitive use of colour completes a well designed interior. The selection of colours can enhance both the aesthetic and the functional efficiency with which the environment can be used, particularly the ability of visually impaired people to move around without difficulty. This guide uses the Dulux colour dimension system for specifying colours within the colour contrast tables. It applies to the manufacturing and production of paints, wood stains and varnishes. Hence, the readings taken from the design guide may need to be translated into the system, which is used by the manufacturer of a particular and desired product, and also needs to be understood by the user.

Further Details

Publish Location: Reading
Publisher: Royal National Institute for the Blind
Accession Number: 19.3.03
Notes: This guide is available on CD ROM from
Keywords: United Kingdom, vision, design
Reads: 561