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How's your hues? Test your color hue ability with this online test. Horizontally drag 'n' drop the squares in the correct hue order.
posted by zardoz (220 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
34. That was a LOT harder than it first looked.
posted by yhbc at 7:20 PM on September 16, 2008


73. Holy god damn that was difficult.
posted by Navelgazer at 7:23 PM on September 16, 2008


9! I'm awesome!

... or I spend all day staring at cameras and computer screens and Photoshop.
posted by riane at 7:24 PM on September 16, 2008


60. My eyes hurt.
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:25 PM on September 16, 2008


31

Can I haz colorblind?
posted by The Power Nap at 7:25 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


score: 0 - perfect. yay! thank god for my post bac in fine arts! i might have had to hand in my hat.
posted by eatdonuts at 7:26 PM on September 16, 2008


0!
It's good to be 25 years old.
posted by Richard Daly at 7:26 PM on September 16, 2008


39.

I totally blame the lightbulb I changed before I did the test.

ow my eyes
posted by dipping_sauce at 7:26 PM on September 16, 2008


21. I'm bad with greens and yellows apparently.

I was actually wondering about this the other day, whether people who aren't color blind still perceive colors in different ways.
posted by jschu at 7:26 PM on September 16, 2008


25? try nearly a decade older than you pup! EAT IT.
posted by eatdonuts at 7:27 PM on September 16, 2008


I found this satisfying and kinda soothing. Thumbs up.

* Your score: 15
* Gender: Female
* Age range: 30-39
* Best score for your gender and age range: 0
* Highest score for your gender and age range: 1476
posted by desuetude at 7:27 PM on September 16, 2008


Score 0 - I have perfect color vision! Which came as a big fucking surprise. First time I've ever done well on one of these online test thingies.
posted by Jimbob at 7:27 PM on September 16, 2008


22, but I blame my crappy laptop screen.
posted by nightchrome at 7:28 PM on September 16, 2008


20. Completely unclear to me what that means, even after going to the page which supposedly allows me to compare it to the scores of people in my gender/age group.
posted by Flunkie at 7:28 PM on September 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Wow, that is hard.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:29 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


11.
Gender: Male
Age Range: 20-29

I agree with riane. People like us who sit around in front of Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign all day have a slight advantage.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 7:29 PM on September 16, 2008


19. Which is not as bad as I thought. But am I the only one that thought the whole experience was bordering on hallucinatory? (And I have a great monitor, so I can't blame that)
posted by Megami at 7:29 PM on September 16, 2008


My hues are apparently pretty fucking lazy.
posted by The Straightener at 7:30 PM on September 16, 2008


Ouch. How do females do these shading things so well?
posted by buzzman at 7:30 PM on September 16, 2008


0. Perfect!
posted by knave at 7:32 PM on September 16, 2008


15, and hugely proud of it.
posted by googly at 7:32 PM on September 16, 2008


11. Good times.
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:33 PM on September 16, 2008


Your score: 8
Gender: Female
Age range: 40-49
Best score for your gender and age range: 0
Highest score for your gender and age range: 1409

My husband, who is colorblind, would yell at me for even suggesting his taking the test. He's not completely colorblind (unlike his uncle), but purples are bright blue to him, and red and green are difficult to distinguish. Tests like this (or games that rely on color cues) really frustrate him.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 7:33 PM on September 16, 2008


0. Perfect!

I guess that three semesters in art school paid off...
posted by konolia at 7:34 PM on September 16, 2008


Ok, I got 102. Can I blame my shitty work monitor?
posted by zardoz at 7:34 PM on September 16, 2008


Hmm... who's this testing, me or my monitor? Interestingly I found it very easy to identify when I had a mistake, like hearing a bum note in a melody, but fixing the mistake was much harder. I got 19 with most of the mistakes in the middle of the green/lavender spectrum which is where I did most of my second guessing. I wonder if that's a good enough score to give me the upper hand next time my wife and I are arguing about paint samples. :)
posted by adamt at 7:35 PM on September 16, 2008


4. I'm not sure how accurate my test was, as i have a wonky video card with lots of shadowing going on on my monitor. Then again, all the shadows are horizontally across my screen, so maybe i have decent hues after all.
posted by rux at 7:35 PM on September 16, 2008


32

I feel like I let me color theory teacher down now.
posted by lilkeith07 at 7:35 PM on September 16, 2008


# Your score: 4
# Gender: Male
# Age range: 20-29

Those four points I attribute to impatience.
posted by carsonb at 7:36 PM on September 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Second time through, improved from 20 to 3. It's still not clear to me what that means, but I'm going to assume it's, uh, good enough.
posted by Flunkie at 7:39 PM on September 16, 2008


0. Not an art school student, but I was going to be. I'm glad to see it wasn't a terribly misguided notion.
posted by invitapriore at 7:41 PM on September 16, 2008


7. How does this skill translate?
posted by peep at 7:42 PM on September 16, 2008


I got a 3! Finally, I've been provided with online confirmation of my impeccable fashion sense. Whether or not the test is intended to do so.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 7:42 PM on September 16, 2008


12. Twice. Which means I am at least a consistent Cube, if ever so slightly imperfect.

Mom's going to have to adjust my gamma.
posted by Weighted Companion Cube at 7:43 PM on September 16, 2008


18 but my screen sux
posted by zouhair at 7:43 PM on September 16, 2008


0. Not an art school student, but I was going to be. I'm glad to see it wasn't a terribly misguided notion.

I will say that the green-lavender spectrum had me caught off-guard for a while, as some of the tones on the green side seemed to be bluer than anything in that range ought to be.
posted by invitapriore at 7:44 PM on September 16, 2008


12. Glad I didn't try to become a colorist... even though I still feel like I could do pretty OK as one. Maybe it's my crappy MacBook Pro screen...
posted by infinitewindow at 7:44 PM on September 16, 2008


34yr old Male
Score:1

The last five minutes of this test I started to see rings, so I would have to close my eyes really tight for a few seconds.
posted by onkelchrispy at 7:45 PM on September 16, 2008


11. Solid!
posted by EarBucket at 7:45 PM on September 16, 2008


AIEEEE!!! MY EYES!!!!
posted by subgear at 7:46 PM on September 16, 2008


14 - male - 40something....
posted by gallois at 7:47 PM on September 16, 2008


965!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:47 PM on September 16, 2008


nightchrome: "22, but I blame my crappy laptop screen."

1,823 - I blame my monochrome screen.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:47 PM on September 16, 2008 [7 favorites]


35. I don't know what hue order is.
posted by gubo at 7:47 PM on September 16, 2008


Male age 22
Score: 0

I feel this vindicates my complete tone deafness and lack of rhythm.
posted by demon666 at 7:48 PM on September 16, 2008 [3 favorites]


I redid it and got a 15, I feel like i redeemed myself somewhat.
posted by lilkeith07 at 7:50 PM on September 16, 2008


# Your score: 16
# Gender: Male
# Age range: 20-29

My monitor sucks so I'm happy with the score.
posted by Memo at 7:50 PM on September 16, 2008


I looked up my score. Apparently I have a hue jass. WTF?
posted by subgear at 7:53 PM on September 16, 2008


I'm impressed with my 26 especially after getting home from job #2 for the day.

I'll try again when I'm not fighting to keep my eyes open.
posted by sisflit at 7:54 PM on September 16, 2008


0. So, it turns out an adolescence of feverishly making livejournal icons is good for something. What exactly I don't know, but something.
posted by bettafish at 7:55 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


16, and I am a moran.
(it helps to switch nearly-matched ones back and forth.)
posted by gorgor_balabala at 7:57 PM on September 16, 2008


We scored a 22, but it made our heads hurt.
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 7:58 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


8. Don't have an artistic job.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:58 PM on September 16, 2008


14. woo.
posted by pmbuko at 7:58 PM on September 16, 2008


Also, our 22 was on a four-year-old laptop. We wonder if that has any bearing on the score.
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 7:59 PM on September 16, 2008


Perfect, with much squinting. And I always thought I was no good at using color in artwork... maybe I should just be a little more patient with myself.
posted by notquitemaryann at 7:59 PM on September 16, 2008


4...better than I thought
posted by rocket88 at 8:01 PM on September 16, 2008


Well I tried it again, taking a bit more care on the lavender-to-pink scale this time, and came up with the same score. Fudged the same 4 blocks on the same scale (lavender to pink). Does this mean I have some sort of color blindness? or only that I shouldn't pair salmon shorts and a coral shirt?
posted by carsonb at 8:02 PM on September 16, 2008


Sorry, I made it through the first line before I decided that it's just WAY too much work - and that when it boils down to it I really don't care what my results are. My screen looks purty enough to my uneducated eyes.

Maybe someone will post up their score AND their type of monitor? I'm using a 2 month old 15 inch MacBook Pro. I'll take your word for it if you tell me what my score SHOULD be.
posted by matty at 8:03 PM on September 16, 2008


Horizontally drag 'n' drop the squares in the correct hue order.

NO U!
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:04 PM on September 16, 2008


How does this skill translate?

Ancient medicine. Those are all colours of the different humors.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:05 PM on September 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Argh. It wouldn't give me a score. I got some error message saying the site was unavailable and then it asked me for a password. Curses!
posted by chinston at 8:06 PM on September 16, 2008


22. Would have been better on a non glossy mac laptop screen I think.
posted by unSane at 8:10 PM on September 16, 2008


8! And I am worth 10 goats.
posted by selfmedicating at 8:11 PM on September 16, 2008 [3 favorites]


15 & I tried real hard.
posted by nola at 8:11 PM on September 16, 2008


I found that on stumble upon dot com today and got "0" which is good as I do digital color work.
posted by podwarrior at 8:11 PM on September 16, 2008



Ok, I got 102. Can I blame my shitty work monitor?

Ha. I beat you zardoz. I pummeled you down to the ground with my 98.
posted by notreally at 8:13 PM on September 16, 2008


i wish it would score you on each bar individually, i'm too lazy to do more than one...
posted by dvdgee at 8:14 PM on September 16, 2008


You have perfect color vision!

Hells yeah. I thought I was going to suck at that.
posted by liquorice at 8:14 PM on September 16, 2008


16!
posted by kookaburra at 8:14 PM on September 16, 2008


54. Last week I wore navy socks with black pants. Now I know why. (And no, I'm not colorblind. I literally dressed in the dark.)
posted by desjardins at 8:15 PM on September 16, 2008


I thought my 30 was fairly respectable until I came here and read y'all's scores.
posted by arianell at 8:15 PM on September 16, 2008


7 - Great quiz! I'll need to share this with my work colleagues!
posted by meinvt at 8:15 PM on September 16, 2008


umm...yeah I'm ashamed to admit I have the high score of the night with a 158.

/sob
posted by janelikes at 8:17 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


49, but I'm literally colorblind (and 18 yrs. old, hm).
posted by reductiondesign at 8:19 PM on September 16, 2008


Podwarrior, thanks for the mention of stumble upon. I didn't know about it, but I have a feeling I am going to love it ...
posted by Megami at 8:21 PM on September 16, 2008


38, but I have IES.

Implausible Excuse Syndrome.
posted by malocchio at 8:21 PM on September 16, 2008 [4 favorites]


Perfect! Image editing on the computer definitely helped, as well as painting and photography. Age (21) and such are assured affects. Right? "Affects?"
posted by Korou at 8:23 PM on September 16, 2008


I got a 19.

Is it part of the test that the little squares start wibbling and pulsating after you look at them long enough?
posted by ook at 8:26 PM on September 16, 2008


19. It would be interesting if they tried it with the cornsweet illusion.
posted by Paragon at 8:31 PM on September 16, 2008


OK people, calm down, it's OK. I took it again and got a 24. Maybe I need glasses. Also, my head is going explode.
posted by janelikes at 8:32 PM on September 16, 2008


I did it the first time quickly and got 24. I went back to check the thread, saw everybody's score, felt a tingle of shame, redid it more carefully and got 4.
My self-esteem is better now.
posted by SageLeVoid at 8:34 PM on September 16, 2008


7!!

I should add this to my resume?

... all my mistakes were in the pink/lavendar bar. I agree with carbomb; maybe I need to reevaluate my wardrobe.
posted by Surfurrus at 8:35 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


0.





AWYEAAAAAAAAAH, MOFOS! I GOT COLORS! I. GOT. THE. COLORRRRRS!! BAM!!
posted by katillathehun at 8:36 PM on September 16, 2008


eyes... watering... will... never... see... again...

(had to bail out. too painful)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 8:37 PM on September 16, 2008


16. Macbook screen.
posted by mhz at 8:38 PM on September 16, 2008


Historically, I've always done well on these things, which makes no sense as I also have great night vison. At least, it makes no sense to me.

But, my eyes get worse and worse at being able to refocus on differing print sizes so unless I want to gurgle at pretty colors all day, I'm in poor shape.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 8:43 PM on September 16, 2008


8!

It's odd, looking at the post-test chart showing the correct hue order. It's mostly a smooth gradient to my eyes, but a handful of the bars seem to stand out as noticeably "darker" than the regions to either side. And I'm pretty sure it was those that messed me up on the test itself -- I kept shifting them a little to the left or the right, but they never seemed to fit.

So what's the deal with that? Is it my screen? My eyes? Or is it totally normal?
posted by Rhaomi at 8:45 PM on September 16, 2008


8.

I found the first bar kinda hard (that's what she said!), the second one way hard, and the last two super easy. Weird.
posted by mrnutty at 8:46 PM on September 16, 2008


0! My elementary school art teacher was right about me!

That was fun. I found that it worked best if I didn't overthink it--just did it really fast on instinct. Came out mostly okay with a few small adjustments to make. There were often ones that I thought looked wrong until I switched them with their neighbors and that was REALLY WRONG ACK ACK ACK so I figured they must've been right the first time. And they were.

Second one was the hardest for me, too, mrnutty, especially the right side. And ditto Rhaomi on the weird gradient for the results. But my screen definitely sucks, so who knows.
posted by hippugeek at 8:53 PM on September 16, 2008


7. I found the blues the hardest
posted by jeblis at 8:53 PM on September 16, 2008


11, hells yeah. Also: blind! I'm blind!
posted by supercrayon at 8:56 PM on September 16, 2008


19, then turned the lights down and tried again and got 3. I blame fiddling with html colors too much back in high school.
posted by rivenwanderer at 9:03 PM on September 16, 2008


0, but I started seeing weird patterns towards the end (the boxes looked like they had curved edges, the edges seemed to be a different color than the center of the box). It only looked alright when I closed my eyes for a few seconds and looked at each strip as a gradient instead of individual boxes.
posted by alidarbac at 9:06 PM on September 16, 2008


I scored 80 at first, an affront to my demographics, so I switched to the nice old-school CRT monitor and got 4!
posted by of strange foe at 9:08 PM on September 16, 2008


50.

Now I feel like maybe I didn't really earn that A in colour theory after all.
posted by orange swan at 9:08 PM on September 16, 2008


7. I did not expect to do well at all.
posted by Airhen at 9:09 PM on September 16, 2008


0. On allergied-eyes. The closest I come to using color is in QCD. Maybe I'm in the wrong field?

(More realistically, perhaps my 5.y.o. laptop screen, or mid-twenties eyes, saved me.)
posted by nat at 9:12 PM on September 16, 2008


0: "You have perfect color vision!"

Which makes sense I guess, since I spend half my day staring at pixels. That also made this (1) painfully easy and (2) annoyingly unfun. I am not proud of this result, since it sort of confirms my chairbound sadness. Also, I feel like I've been reduced to a sorting algorithm.

Consolation to poor-scorers: I bet you're using a consumerish LCD display, aren't you, and you'ce never tuned the color matching? That would definitely make this harder, on one of those screens where colors wash into each other. I'd go batty.

(Okay, battier.)
posted by rokusan at 9:13 PM on September 16, 2008


24, surprisingly did worst in my favorite color area of aqua/green/blue.
posted by nickyskye at 9:13 PM on September 16, 2008


I started seeing weird patterns towards the end...

Dude, you totally almost found the answer!
posted by rokusan at 9:14 PM on September 16, 2008


7 (on a laptop). Makes me want to try it again on my monitor at work.
posted by Thin Lizzy at 9:17 PM on September 16, 2008


Hmm...I was perfect. Didn't think that'd happen, especially considering I've had more than a few glasses of wine...
posted by jimmythefish at 9:18 PM on September 16, 2008


19. On a crappy laptop.
posted by no1hatchling at 9:22 PM on September 16, 2008


4. And all 4 errors were right next to each other at the end of the test, in the lavender/salmon/Idunnocolourwords end. I'm gonna say that if I did the test in reverse order, I'd screw up the start of the test.

Although really do I want to be lazy over incompetent?
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:24 PM on September 16, 2008


After mindlessly flicking some squares around for a little while, I decided not to bother. Color's really not my thing.
posted by Dr. Send at 9:25 PM on September 16, 2008


Wait a minute, it says, "Based on your information, below is how your score compares to those of others with similar demographic information", and then:

Best score for your gender and age range: 0
Highest score for your gender and age range: 1429


Does "highest" just mean "worst"? So all it tells me is what the lowest and highest possible scores are? Am I missing something? I really would like to know how I compared to other people.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 9:30 PM on September 16, 2008


26. but i got bored and quit fiddling.
posted by sharpener at 9:36 PM on September 16, 2008


4. But I'm terrible at matching paint, out in the real world.

I used to administer this test, on little round pucks with paint in the middle, arranged on racks. The subjects had to wear rubber gloves so they wouldn't stain the paint. It's so much easier on the computer--the color swatches are larger and have very slim margins.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:36 PM on September 16, 2008


7! I'm kind of proud of that. Not so good with my teal-blues though.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 9:37 PM on September 16, 2008


It's a pity, if you max out the test with a 0, as many seem to have done, then you have no idea how good your color ability could be.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 9:42 PM on September 16, 2008


75. (Male, 40-49). And I thought I was doing pretty well.
posted by adamrice at 9:43 PM on September 16, 2008


0. On a macbook, and yes, I'm an art major. Finally a score I don't mind posting in a mefi quiz/game thread :)
posted by p3t3 at 9:44 PM on September 16, 2008


4, macbook, male, and the test was probably the most color I've seen all day.
posted by phyrewerx at 9:49 PM on September 16, 2008


I got 8, and can kick the ass of over twenty 5-year-olds.

But boy, was it tough.
posted by chimaera at 9:52 PM on September 16, 2008


I agree with carbomb

Your hue recognition may be alright, but I'd look again into reading and comprehension.
No offense meant, friend; I can appreciate a good username mangling when I see it.
posted by carsonb at 9:53 PM on September 16, 2008


I checked and one in five of the people posting here got zeros. That means the test doesn't measure the better range of skill.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 9:56 PM on September 16, 2008


I'm 54, male, and got a 12. Not bad!
posted by rmmcclay at 9:59 PM on September 16, 2008


* Your score: 0

Huh. Well, I've always had eyes like a hawk. (He's probably going to want them back at some point).
posted by Smedleyman at 10:05 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


I got a score of 0, on a crappy laptop display. What the hell? Now I want an uber-hard version of this, so I have an excuse to use my 21" Trinitron for once. This might explain some people I know ask me to match colors for fabrics, carpet, paint, and the like. I thought I was being humored.

And I'm a boy. I thought boys were supposed to suck at this kind of thing. My standard joke is that boys get the 12 color box of crayons, which is why men invariably only use black, white, grey, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and then grudgingly admit to the existence of tan and pink.

I'm at a loss to figure out what I should do with this "talent," besides filing it next to the ability to fold my tongue along both axes (not at the same time).
posted by adipocere at 10:18 PM on September 16, 2008


The user id 'carbomb' is available.

And closely monitored by the NSA.
posted by rokusan at 10:19 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


No offense meant, friend; I can appreciate a good username mangling when I see it.
posted by carsonb

LOL! (carbomb!)

Can I plea retina fatigue??
posted by Surfurrus at 10:25 PM on September 16, 2008


7
posted by The Tensor at 10:25 PM on September 16, 2008


52. I blame it on being awake for 20 minutes and a serious lack of coffee. :p
posted by starzero at 10:50 PM on September 16, 2008


Exactly, Adipocere (read my other posts). It's really not a serious test, just internet fluff.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 10:58 PM on September 16, 2008


No, dammit, it has to be a serious test! You don't understand, I never do well in these things. All the time, some crazy game or test is posted on MeFi and I come in the thread and see shockingly good scores and tell myself they're making it up because I don't want to believe how incapable I really am at flash-based games. But this time - THIS TIME - I got zero! Which thankfully is the best score you can get, and seriously, I feel awesome. And I want people to bask in my awesomeness (please bask). Just this once. You can't take that away from me!
posted by liquorice at 11:08 PM on September 16, 2008


0, bitches. I am way prouder of myself about this than I have any right to be.
posted by mayfly wake at 11:10 PM on September 16, 2008


15 honestly, 0 cheating.
posted by Lazlo at 11:11 PM on September 16, 2008


4!
posted by rhapsodie at 11:11 PM on September 16, 2008


12. Perfect except for the last group (the blue-violet-red one). I wish they gave you more information--I'd like to see which regions people do better on, etc.
posted by equalpants at 11:26 PM on September 16, 2008


30, but people say I have a nice personality.
posted by tkolar at 11:33 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


4.

Oldish LCD TV/computer screen. No discernable aesthetic taste.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 11:37 PM on September 16, 2008


39. Apparently I'm good at the blue-greens, not so much at the pink-purples. I'm surprised how annoyed I am at myself for not getting a better score. What is with all you people and your damned zeroes?

/jealous
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:38 PM on September 16, 2008


You know you're a computer scientist, and not an artist, is if you were obsessing over an optimized sort method while completing this.

"Bubble Sort? Selection Sort? ... Quick Sort... nah that's too complicated for something this small."
posted by amuseDetachment at 11:45 PM on September 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


I did this fast and loose a few days ago when I saw it linked elsewhere and got an 8. Which surprised the hell out of me, because I've always figured that my colour-sensing abilities were kind of crappy, and you know, I'm old and stuff. So yay me!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:59 PM on September 16, 2008


amuse, I was actually thinking about sorting algorithms as I was doing the test - I used some kind of bubble sort variant, mostly, since it was easiest to compare swatches with their neighbors. I experimented in the second row with shoving the obviously misplaced swatches closer to the proper ends and then fine-tuning once it looked almost right, but that was less efficient, and I have no idea what algorithm it'd be. (Information/library science, not comp sci.)
posted by bettafish at 12:06 AM on September 17, 2008


12.

Hard test.

Fun.

Good post.
posted by dancestoblue at 12:42 AM on September 17, 2008


perfect colour vision, even if i do nothing else today i'll still feel like i've achieved something.
posted by chelegonian at 12:57 AM on September 17, 2008


10.
*************UNRELENTINGLY AWFUL PUN WARNING******************

The MacArthur foundation called and asked why x-rite blew their hue grant.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:59 AM on September 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, CRT monitors still rule.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:00 AM on September 17, 2008


15.
posted by MythMaker at 1:05 AM on September 17, 2008


18 but I had my eyes closed.
posted by gfrobe at 1:12 AM on September 17, 2008


22.

I was going to start talking about sorting algorithms too. I came up with a method for the last row which, if I had to name it, might have ended up named "bubble sort." So I will assume that's that bubble sorting is.
posted by lostburner at 1:13 AM on September 17, 2008


18
posted by AD_ at 1:46 AM on September 17, 2008


12
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:18 AM on September 17, 2008


Tried it earlier on my office's crappy laptop and got over 100; just tried it again on my aluminum iMac at home and got a 30. Still not good, and my poor screen excuse no longer holds. Pity me.
posted by zardoz at 3:01 AM on September 17, 2008


26, which I thought was bad until I saw that 99 is considered high.
posted by essexjan at 3:17 AM on September 17, 2008


8 and this was pretty easy. I justed tossed them on the right ends at first, then did a bubble sort. Distinguishing which of two colors is more red (say) is a lot easier than doing the insertion sort of "which color comes next".
posted by DU at 3:29 AM on September 17, 2008


23. But I'm drunk, so that's not too bad.
posted by Jawn at 4:17 AM on September 17, 2008


7. With an non-serious attempt. I'm impressed with myself. All mistakes in the pink-purple area.
posted by ZeroAmbition at 4:30 AM on September 17, 2008


Woo hoo! Perfect score here from a 39 year old male with a colorblind father.
posted by Robin Kestrel at 4:36 AM on September 17, 2008


8 - 23/m - macbook pro rev. 2,1 15.4" matte (first try)

that was fun
posted by jock@law at 5:01 AM on September 17, 2008


What carsonb said.
posted by krilli at 5:03 AM on September 17, 2008


I got an 8, and at the end I was angry at it because some of the colours were clearly not perfectly in the gradient -- a little dark or too light, so I had a hard time placing them accurately. Fun, though!
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:39 AM on September 17, 2008


4 at 40 ain't half bad, methinks. (would've done better if us males knew our pinks...)
posted by progosk at 5:49 AM on September 17, 2008


You've just taken a Munsell test, q.v. wiki. Those colours are about a hundred years old and were part of the largest scientific study of human colour perception. It should be just barely possible to score a 0 on the test, if properly administered, as each chip's hue difference is just barely at the edge of human perception.

Fwiw, the farther your monitor is out of calibration, and the brighter and more contrasty it is, the easier this test will be. I keep my rig low and tuned for press matching. In other words, unless your screen is calibrated to a D50 white point @ 100cd/m^2, we didn't take the same test.

Colour science and theory is one of the reasons I'm a photographer and print maker. I love this stuff all to pieces.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:51 AM on September 17, 2008 [5 favorites]


16 for me, thanks Photoshop!
posted by Meagan at 6:17 AM on September 17, 2008


Yup. Definitely color blind.

Got a 247. And I tried.
posted by JonahBlack at 6:22 AM on September 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


surprisingly did worst in my favorite color area of aqua/green/blue

Funny, my weak spots were in favorite colors of mine, too. (I don't remember which colors -- I had several little pockets of errors -- but I remember thinking, hey, why'd I get my favorite stuff wrong!)
posted by desuetude at 6:26 AM on September 17, 2008


7. Woot. Only missed in the blue/green range. I didn't find it difficult, and I knew as I was sorting the blues that they were the only tough ones for me. I just looked at it and immediately felt if one was in the wrong place.
posted by shinynewnick at 6:56 AM on September 17, 2008


I scored 7. That was just cool as hell (it was also before my coffee, so I'm more impressed with myself that I have a right to be). Thanks.
posted by heyho at 7:04 AM on September 17, 2008


7 - wheee!
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 7:10 AM on September 17, 2008


8.
posted by Sailormom at 7:13 AM on September 17, 2008


* Your score: 7
* Gender: Male
* Age range: 20-29
* Best score for your gender and age range: 0
* Highest score for your gender and age range: 1492

Yay! Mostly cause I'm the type of person who is really bad at judging color hues etc. My friends will talk about this color having more red or something, but I'll only see it AFTER they mention it.

So yay!
posted by lizarrd at 7:18 AM on September 17, 2008


13. Pre-coffee.
posted by ahdeeda at 7:31 AM on September 17, 2008


52. Ow.
posted by sperose at 7:41 AM on September 17, 2008


19! yay
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:53 AM on September 17, 2008


12. I thought it would be worse. I didn't do very well on those find-the-number-in-the-dots tests back in colour theory class in '82.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:57 AM on September 17, 2008


40. hmm, I hope my color-challenged spouse doesn't do better than that!
posted by crepeMyrtle at 8:14 AM on September 17, 2008


I got a 26 but I blame my lack of ability and talent.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:45 AM on September 17, 2008


16.

As I was doing the test, and I suddenly realized how focused I was, I realized that this would have been a great opportunity to do one of those scare the hell out of the viewer kind of things.
posted by quin at 8:46 AM on September 17, 2008


3. I'm rather shocked.
posted by Zeker at 8:48 AM on September 17, 2008


awesome, I got a perfect score!!! I am feeling very artistically validated right now!
posted by supermedusa at 9:04 AM on September 17, 2008


The big 0
posted by Flex1970 at 9:17 AM on September 17, 2008


0. I win! What do I win?
posted by moonlet at 9:18 AM on September 17, 2008


0. At my self-congratulating crowing, my husband suggested, "You have great cones, baby." :)
posted by Lynsey at 9:19 AM on September 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


159. At least I've found a tool for explaining to people what it's like to be colorblind.
posted by jermsplan at 9:28 AM on September 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


19, and no desire to try again any time soon.
posted by bink at 9:29 AM on September 17, 2008


6 - female, 27. I am a graphic artist, though. I found it was easier to flip to something else and then come back to it, then mistakes really jumped out at you. I suppose that's why they encourage art students to take frequent breaks.
posted by bristolcat at 9:40 AM on September 17, 2008


18 - and my entire visual-artistic repertoire consists of stick figures and smiley faces.....perhaps I should take an art class? Hmmm.....
posted by rbellon at 9:48 AM on September 17, 2008


3. I'm awesome! I am bad at greenish blues apparently.
That was fun!
I want more.
posted by rmless at 9:56 AM on September 17, 2008


Got a 4. That was fun. Wish I realized there was a way to see what mistakes you'd made at the end, though, prior to closing the tab. I wonder where I went wrong.
posted by penduluum at 10:08 AM on September 17, 2008


8. Better than I thought.
posted by peacheater at 10:39 AM on September 17, 2008


12. Do I at least get an A for effort?
posted by mediocrates at 10:59 AM on September 17, 2008


I got a 4. Now the blue background here looks like it's shimmering.

The trick for me was to get the really obvious ones and then fine-tune by taking a block and sliding back and forth until it looked like it disappeared.
posted by backseatpilot at 11:00 AM on September 17, 2008


1. Click "Score Test"
2. Get "Perfect" Zero score.
3. Read about everyone's expensive advanced degrees in color theory and their fantastic "professional" monitors.
4. Profit


Is hitting "Score Test" cheating, we all know winners never cheat?

Scripts must not be working properly in my browser, but I swear, my monitor is better than yours.
posted by tzelig at 11:33 AM on September 17, 2008


7. That was fun. Thanks for the link, zardoz.
posted by 912 Greens at 11:34 AM on September 17, 2008


Yay, an 8! Do I get a cookie?
posted by agress at 12:31 PM on September 17, 2008


16. not too shabby. pats self on back.
posted by tenderman kingsaver at 1:17 PM on September 17, 2008


How's your hues patience for pointless, mind-numbing tasks?
posted by davejay at 1:30 PM on September 17, 2008


It wouldn't score my test - it gave me a password dialog box and an error. I went back, and clicked Score Test again without doing the test, and it gave me results, so I went back and completed the test again. It gave me a password dialog box and an error. Fuck.
posted by owtytrof at 1:50 PM on September 17, 2008


15. And my eyes hurt.
posted by neblina_matinal at 2:01 PM on September 17, 2008


* Your score: 16
* Gender: Male
* Age range: 30-39
* Best score for your gender and age range: 0
* Highest score for your gender and age range: 1464

In shitty lighting too, so I am arbitrarily giving myself a better score by about 5. I rule.
posted by Aversion Therapy at 2:49 PM on September 17, 2008


0!!
Female age 26.
posted by sararah at 3:16 PM on September 17, 2008


I have perfect color vision. I'm gonna start telling everyone I know.
posted by jrb223 at 3:30 PM on September 17, 2008


4, by doing it quickly without rechecking anything. It all looked rightish. The hues I got wrong are pretty uniform on this monitor (24" dell without hardware adjustment), so I'll prefer to go around thinking I'm perfect and that my (lovely) monitor just sucks ;)

Demo: 25, art history student, photographer and general aesthete*

*first time I've found a suitable use for the word
posted by flippant at 3:31 PM on September 17, 2008


I have perfect color vision. I'm gonna start telling everyone I know.

Well, you've got the blue covered.
posted by rokusan at 3:32 PM on September 17, 2008


0! As an artist/graphics type person, I'd be bummed if I didn't get them all right.

But I'm on a (roughly) gamma-calibrated Trinitron CRT monitor and I know my Pantone Rubine Red from a Pantone 032 by sight, and I can differentiate between individual colors in 24-bit and 32 bit color depths on screen, proof or print.

I can also tell if your Pantone swatchbook is faded and past the due date. Is there a reason why you're leaving that $400 chip book open on your desk in the (hideous) sunlight streaming through your window, or should I just throw that one out and buy a new one before it goes out of spec?
posted by loquacious at 3:35 PM on September 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


4. Graphics person, however my eyes simply started to give out near the end and I kind need them to work.

*hugs giant cinema display*


Is there a reason why you're leaving that $400 chip book open on your desk in the (hideous) sunlight streaming through your window, or should I just throw that one out and buy a new one before it goes out of spec?


Don't even start with me, I work at an ad agency more powerful than Spiderman and they won't replace their Regan-era swatch books.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:51 PM on September 17, 2008


12.
posted by monocot at 4:50 PM on September 17, 2008


Don't even start with me, I work at an ad agency more powerful than Spiderman and they won't replace their Regan-era swatch books.

I really should start a consultancy. I'll whip up some fancy ID kit featuring innovative diecuts and an edgy, off-the-bleed logotype and charge people gigabucks to tell them to throw out their broken shit and buy newer unbroken shit. I figure all I need is a collarless button up shirt in black and some uncomfortable looking leather shoes and a bad attitude.
posted by loquacious at 5:01 PM on September 17, 2008


loquacious: and a goatee.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:24 PM on September 17, 2008


7 - female, age 25. In medicine, no arts background. All my mistakes were in the green-blue spectrum, which is where my favourite colours tend to be.
posted by flying kumquat at 7:08 PM on September 17, 2008


3, and damn proud.
posted by chrisamiller at 8:28 PM on September 17, 2008


4, not bad ... not bad. :)
posted by starfyr at 8:31 PM on September 17, 2008


4.
That was pretty fun, but my eyes hurt now.
All my mistakes were in the brown-area; I thought I had some of the blues wrong, but couldn't figure out which ones.
(21, female, Fine Arts major for one year)
posted by Silly Ashles at 9:46 PM on September 17, 2008


Wow, I got 4. I made the "carsonb percentile". All my mistakes were in.... the blue.
posted by tehloki at 11:26 PM on September 17, 2008


48. I was not aware of how bad I was. I thought I had it perfect!
posted by Danf at 7:44 AM on September 18, 2008


Well, don't feel too bad. I'm a designer but only got a 36. My caveat (er... excuse) is that I gave up on the last one, and rushed through the 3rd one because my eyes were watering so badly. I would even turn away and close my eyes for a minute, then look back at the screen and hurredly try to finish before my eyes started watering again, to no avail.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 9:14 AM on September 18, 2008


As expected, I did poorly. My wife, of course, could have given me the same results without my having visited the website.
posted by Man with Lantern at 11:42 AM on September 18, 2008


7. Damn you, pinks.
posted by lunit at 2:16 PM on September 18, 2008


0. I win on the internets!
posted by pharm at 3:07 PM on September 18, 2008


11. OK, not perfect, but I guess it's respectable....
posted by klausness at 4:32 PM on September 18, 2008


7

I'm male and forty. I might have done better if the light in my bathroom wasn't reflected in the screen, but then again, I might not have.
posted by sonascope at 5:20 PM on September 18, 2008


0. I was surprised! I'm a help desk monkey by day and a musician by night. Maybe I'm in the wrong line of work.

I'll just add this to my list of fabulous skills which have no apparent remunerative value.
posted by spacewaitress at 8:49 PM on September 18, 2008


8 here. That was great. I am going to try it on different monitors to see how I fare.

Great find zardoz. Thanks for posting it.
posted by paddysat at 9:11 AM on September 19, 2008


4.

I'm surprised... I'm one of those people whose eyes see color pretty differently from one another.
posted by thinman at 3:46 PM on September 21, 2008


Holy crap. I posted a score of 75 earlier, which was one of the worst scores here, I think. I had taken that test late at night, after a long and active day. Errors of more than one position all over the spectrum

I just took the test again, in the morning, reasonably rested, and got a 4. Four errors of one position, all at the pinkish-orange end of the spectrum.
posted by adamrice at 7:25 AM on September 22, 2008


I retook the test on my computer at work and got a perfect score, as opposed to the 50 I got at home. I guess my home monitor isn't so good.
posted by orange swan at 12:24 PM on September 23, 2008


I got a 4 on my work CRT. I never knew I had any abilities with colour. I'm much happier about this than I should be.
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