VC3: Identifying Problems / Fall 2017

Assignment Overview

Challenge 1: Design for people with color blindness

Due: 6 September 2017
Beginning of class
Submit via Canvas
HER-V 310 | Fall 2017
Instructor: Aaron Ganci


Design an infographic that is as readable for people with colorblindness as it is for normative seers.


Designers often chose colors based on a brand palette or some other subjective reason. For people with color blindness, this arbitrary color choice can be very challenging. In this challenge, you need to investigate what the specific challenges are with color blindness and design an infographic that accommodates this disability.


Your infographic needs to discuss the status of disabilities in America. You must integrate two different types of charts or graphs (bar, relative value, clustered bar, histogram, line, pie, area)

Learning Objectives

  • Remove personal bias from your designs.
  • See problems and devise ways to solve them.
  • Work fast.

Learning Outcomes

After completing these projects, you will be able to:

  • Devise ways to accommodate for visual disabilities.
  • Examine a problem space to identify design ramifications.
  • Create a chart/graph using best practices.
  • Discuss the status of disabilities in the United States.


At the end of this challenge, you will need to deliver a 11" x 17" (either portrait or landscape) infographic, an 8.5" x 11" creative brief that outlines your objectives, and a reflection about the experience.

Grading criteria

This project is worth 10% of your overall course grade. You can receive up to 35 points for each submission. The assessment criteria are as follows:

5 pts

Ability of creative brief to describe objectives

10 pts

Ability of design to accommodate color blindness

10 pts

Overall quality of the layout and type choices

10 pts

Quality and thoughtfulness of reflection


Category % of overall
Weekly Challenges 10%
Challenge 1: Design for people with color blindness 10%
Challenge 2: Global warming 10%
Challenge 3: Wrapping gifts 10%
Revitalize Indianapolis 60%

Late work

Every assignment in this course will be due at the beginning of the class of its defined due date. Work that is not handed in via the method requested by the instructor (Canvas, email, etc) by the predetermined time will be considered late. The consequences of late submission fall on sliding scale, increasing in severity over time. Grade reductions will be assigned on a case-by-case basis (depending on your specific situation) but the following scale will be used by default:

Due date/time – same day, end of class -10%
Same day, end of class – same day, end of day (11:59pm) -15%
Next day (midnight – 11:59pm) -20%
Any subsequent day -50%
Grading scale
A+ 100-98
A 97-93
A- 92-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-83
B- 82-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-73
C- 72-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-63
D- 62-60
F 59-0