After the rather good GIS Update at Edinbrugh last week I was pretty excited about attending the GEO Data 2018 conference at the Glasgow Science Centre. It was rather different to conferences that I have attended before, mostly becuase the conference sponsors and exhibitors made up the bulk of the agenda. Needless to say they were mostly intersted in selling their 'product'.
I was also a touch looing forward to being able to go up the Glasgow tower and taking a couple of photographs but alas it was closed due to high winds. On the bright side I wa allowed to go into the base and gets this photograph. The whole tower is shaped lie a ball point pen and this is the "ball point" at the base of the tower. More inforation about this tower can be found on their website.
The presentaton that stood out to me was by Liam Mason from Marine Scotland and makes up the bulk of the rest of this post. His presentation was on 'Improving Accessibility in Data Visualisation':
"Rainbow colour schemes are commonly used in data visualisation, particularly in climate science & meteorology. Liam will demonstrate how these colour scales can distort, mislead, and confuse your message, and offer some advice on how to improve your use of colour."
Not only did he effectively demonstrate what colour blind people would see in different GIS scenarios but also supplied useful web links to where resources are supplied for avoiding these pitfalls. Apparently 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 woman are affected by colour blindness in the world.
I thought I would end this post with a list of some colour blind resrources to help make colour blind friendly maps.
It's also worth noting that since QGIS 2.4 offers color blind and greyscale simulators.