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Here, I help you understand color blindness and describe a process by which you can make good color choices when designing for accessibility.

The opposite of colorblindness is seeing all the colors and I can help you find 1,000 (or more) maximally distinct colors.

You can also delve into the mathematics behind the color blindness simulations and learn about copunctal points (the invisible color!) and lines of confusion.

R code for converting an RGB color for color blindness. For details see the math tab and the resources section for background reading.

--- title: 'RGB color correction for color blindess: protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia' author: 'Martin Krzywinski' web: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/colorblind --- ```{r} gamma = 2.4 ############################################### # Linear RGB to XYZ # https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRGB XYZ = matrix(c(0.4124564, 0.3575761, 0.1804375, 0.2126729, 0.7151522, 0.0721750, 0.0193339, 0.1191920, 0.9503041), byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) SA = matrix(c(0.2126,0.7152,0.0722, 0.2126,0.7152,0.0722, 0.2126,0.7152,0.0722),byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) ############################################### # XYZ to LMS, normalized to D65 # https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LMS_color_space # Hunt, Normalized to D65 LMSD65 = matrix(c( 0.4002, 0.7076, -0.0808, -0.2263, 1.1653, 0.0457, 0 , 0 , 0.9182), byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) # Hunt, equal-energy illuminants LMSEQ = matrix(c( 0.38971, 0.68898,-0.07868, -0.22981, 1.18340, 0.04641, 0 , 0 , 1 ), byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) # CIECAM97 SMSCAM97 = matrix(c( 0.8951, 0.2664, -0.1614, -0.7502, 1.7135, 0.0367, 0.0389, -0.0685, 1.0296), byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) # CIECAM02 LMSCAM02 = matrix(c( 0.7328, 0.4296, -0.1624, -0.7036, 1.6975, 0.0061, 0.0030, 0.0136, 0.9834), byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) ############################################### # Determine the color blindness correction in LMS space # under the condition that the correction does not # alter the appearance of white as well as # blue (for protanopia/deuteranopia) or red (for tritanopia). # For achromatopsia, greyscale conversion is applied # to the linear RGB values. getcorrection = function(LMS,type="p",g=gamma) { red = matrix(c(255,0,0),nrow=3) blue = matrix(c(0,0,255),nrow=3) white = matrix(c(255,255,255),nrow=3) LMSr = LMS %*% XYZ %*% apply(red,1:2,linearize,g) LMSb = LMS %*% XYZ %*% apply(blue,1:2,linearize,g) LMSw = LMS %*% XYZ %*% apply(white,1:2,linearize,g) if(type == "p") { x = matrix(c(LMSb[2,1],LMSb[3,1], LMSw[2,1],LMSw[3,1]),byrow=T,nrow=2) y = matrix(c(LMSb[1,1],LMSw[1,1]),nrow=2) ab = solve(x) %*% y C = matrix(c(0,ab[1,1],ab[2,1],0,1,0,0,0,1),byrow=T,nrow=3) } else if (type == "d") { x = matrix(c(LMSb[1,1],LMSb[3,1], LMSw[1,1],LMSw[3,1]),byrow=T,nrow=2) y = matrix(c(LMSb[2,1],LMSw[2,1]),nrow=2) ab = solve(x) %*% y C = matrix(c(1,0,0,ab[1,1],0,ab[2,1],0,0,1),byrow=T,nrow=3) } else if (type == "t") { x = matrix(c(LMSr[1,1],LMSr[2,1], LMSw[1,1],LMSw[2,1]),byrow=T,nrow=2) y = matrix(c(LMSr[3,1],LMSw[3,1]),nrow=2) ab = solve(x) %*% y C = matrix(c(1,0,0,0,1,0,ab[1,1],ab[2,1],0),byrow=T,nrow=3) } else if (type == "a" | type == "g") { C = matrix(c(0.2126,0.7152,0.0722, 0.2126,0.7152,0.0722, 0.2126,0.7152,0.0722),byrow=TRUE,nrow=3) } return(C) } # rgb is a column vector convertcolor = function(rgb,LMS=LMSD65,type="d",g=gamma) { C = getcorrection(LMS,type) if(type == "a" | type == "g") { T = SA } else { M = LMS %*% XYZ Minv = solve(M) T = Minv %*% C %*% M } print(T) rgb_converted = T %*% apply(rgb,1:2,linearize,g) return(apply(rgb_converted,1:2,delinearize,g)) } # This function implements the method by Vienot, Brettel, Mollon 1999. # The approach is the same, just the values are different. # http://vision.psychol.cam.ac.uk/jdmollon/papers/colourmaps.pdf convertcolor2 = function(rgb,type="d",g=2.2) { xyz = matrix(c(40.9568, 35.5041, 17.9167, 21.3389, 70.6743, 7.98680, 1.86297, 11.4620, 91.2367),byrow=T,nrow=3) lms = matrix(c(0.15514, 0.54312, -0.03286, -0.15514, 0.45684,0.03286, 0,0,0.01608),byrow=T,nrow=3) rgb = (rgb/255)**g if(type=="p") { S = matrix(c(0,2.02344,-2.52581,0,1,0,0,0,1),byrow=T,nrow=3) rgb = 0.992052*rgb+0.003974 } else if(type=="d") { S = matrix(c(1,0,0,0.494207,0,1.24827,0,0,1),byrow=T,nrow=3) rgb = 0.957237*rgb+0.0213814 } else { stop("Only type p,d defined for this function.") } M = lms %*% xyz T = solve(M) %*% S %*% M print(T) rgb = T %*% rgb rgb = 255*rgb**(1/g) return(rgb) } ############################################### # RGB to Lab rgb2lab = function(rgb,g=gamma) { rgb = apply(rgb,1:2,linearize,g) xyz = XYZ %*% rgb delta = 6/29 xyz = xyz / (c(95.0489,100,108.8840)/100) f = function(t) { if(t > delta**3) { return(t**(1/3)) } else { return (t/(3*delta**2) + 4/29) } } L = 116*f(xyz[2]) - 16 a = 500*(f(xyz[1]) - f(xyz[2])) b = 200*(f(xyz[2]) - f(xyz[3])) return(matrix(c(L,a,b),nrow=3)) } # CIE76 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_difference) deltaE = function(rgb1,rgb2) { lab1 = rgb2lab(rgb1) lab2 = rgb2lab(rgb2) return(sqrt(sum((lab1-lab2)**2))) } clip = function(v) { return(max(min(v,1),0)) } ############################################### # RGB to/from linear RGB #https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRGB linearize = function(v,g=gamma) { if(v <= 0.04045) { return(v/255/12.92) } else { return(((v/255 + 0.055)/1.055)**g) } } delinearize = function(v,g=gamma) { if(v <= 0.003130805) { return(255*12.92*clip(v)) } else { return(255*clip(1.055*(clip(v)**(1/g))-0.055)) } } pretty = function(x) { noquote(formatC(x,digits=10,format="f",width=9)) } # a dark red rgb1 = matrix(c(0,209,253),nrow=3) # dark green rgb2 = matrix(c(60,135,0),nrow=3) # simulate deuteranopia convertcolor(rgb1,type="d") convertcolor(rgb2,type="d") # get color distance before and after simulation deltaE(rgb1,rgb2) deltaE(convertcolor(rgb1,type="d"),convertcolor(rgb2,type="d")) # transformation matrices for each color blindness type M = LMSD65 %*% XYZ pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"p") %*% M) pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"d") %*% M) pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"t") %*% M) pretty(SA) # method by Vienot, Brettel, Mollon, 1999 convertcolor2(rgb1,type="d",g=2.2) convertcolor2(rgb2,type="d",g=2.2) ```

# a dark red rgb1 = matrix(c(225,0,30),nrow=3) # dark green rgb2 = matrix(c(60,135,0),nrow=3) # simulate deuteranopia convertcolor(rgb1,type="d") [,1] [1,] 136.7002 [2,] 136.7002 [3,] 0.0000 convertcolor(rgb2,type="d") [,1] [1,] 116.76071 [2,] 116.76071 [3,] 16.73263 # get color distance before and after simulation deltaE(rgb1,rgb2) [1] 116.9496 deltaE(convertcolor(rgb1,type="d"),convertcolor(rgb2,type="d")) [1] 12.72204 # transformation matrices for each color blindness type M = LMSD65 %*% XYZ pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"p") %*% M) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 0.1705569911 0.8294430089 0.0000000000 [2,] 0.1705569911 0.8294430089 -0.0000000000 [3,] -0.0045171442 0.0045171442 1.0000000000 pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"d") %*% M) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 0.3306600735 0.6693399265 -0.0000000000 [2,] 0.3306600735 0.6693399265 0.0000000000 [3,] -0.0278553826 0.0278553826 1.0000000000 pretty(solve(M) %*% getcorrection(LMSD65,"t") %*% M) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 1.0000000000 0.1273988634 -0.1273988634 [2,] -0.0000000000 0.8739092990 0.1260907010 [3,] 0.0000000000 0.8739092990 0.1260907010 pretty(SA) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 0.2126000000 0.7152000000 0.0722000000 [2,] 0.2126000000 0.7152000000 0.0722000000 [3,] 0.2126000000 0.7152000000 0.0722000000 # method by Vienot, Brettel, Mollon, 1999 convertcolor2(rgb1,type="d",g=2.2) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 0.29275003 0.70724967 -2.978356e-08 [2,] 0.29275015 0.70724997 1.232823e-08 [3,] -0.02233659 0.02233658 1.000000e+00 [,1] [1,] 131.81223 [2,] 131.81226 [3,] 36.37274 convertcolor2(rgb2,type="d",g=2.2) [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 0.29275003 0.70724967 -2.978356e-08 [2,] 0.29275015 0.70724997 1.232823e-08 [3,] -0.02233659 0.02233658 1.000000e+00 [,1] [1,] 122.71798 [2,] 122.71801 [3,] 48.34316

My cover design on the 11 April 2022 Cancer Cell issue depicts depicts cellular heterogeneity as a kaleidoscope generated from immunofluorescence staining of the glial and neuronal markers MBP and NeuN (respectively) in a GBM patient-derived explant.

LeBlanc VG *et al.* Single-cell landscapes of primary glioblastomas and matched explants and cell lines show variable retention of inter- and intratumor heterogeneity (2022) *Cancer Cell* **40**:379–392.E9.

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My cover design on the 4 April 2022 Nature Biotechnology issue is an impression of a phylogenetic tree of over 200 million sequences.

Konno N *et al.* Deep distributed computing to reconstruct extremely large lineage trees (2022) *Nature Biotechnology* **40**:566–575.

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My cover design on the 17 March 2022 Nature issue depicts the evolutionary properties of sequences at the extremes of the evolvability spectrum.

Vaishnav ED *et al.* The evolution, evolvability and engineering of gene regulatory DNA (2022) *Nature* **603**:455–463.

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three one four: a number of notes

Celebrate `\pi` Day (March 14th) and finally hear what you've been missing.

“three one four: a number of notes” is a musical exploration of how we think about mathematics and how we feel about mathematics. It tells stories from the very beginning (314…) to the very (known) end of π (...264) as well as math (Wallis Product) and math jokes (Feynman Point), repetition (nn) and zeroes (null).

The album is scored for solo piano in the style of 20th century classical music – each piece has a distinct personality, drawn from styles of Boulez, Feldman, Glass, Ligeti, Monk, and Satie.

Each piece is accompanied by a piku (or πku), a poem whose syllable count is determined by a specific sequence of digits from π.

Check out art from previous years: 2013 `\pi` Day and 2014 `\pi` Day, 2015 `\pi` Day, 2016 `\pi` Day, 2017 `\pi` Day, 2018 `\pi` Day, 2019 `\pi` Day, 2020 `\pi` Day and 2021 `\pi` Day.

My design appears on the 25 January 2022 PNAS issue.

The cover shows a view of Earth that captures the vision of the Earth BioGenome Project — understanding and conserving genetic diversity on a global scale. Continents from the Authagraph projection, which preserves areas and shapes, are represented as a double helix of 32,111 bases. Short sequences of 806 unique species, sequenced as part of EBP-affiliated projects, are mapped onto the double helix of the continent (or ocean) where the species is commonly found. The length of the sequence is the same for each species on a continent (or ocean) and the sequences are separated by short gaps. Individual bases of the sequence are colored by dots. Species appear along the path in alphabetical order (by Latin name) and the first base of the first species is identified by a small black triangle.

Lewin HA et al. The Earth BioGenome Project 2020: Starting the clock. (2022) PNAS 119(4) e2115635118.