Describe a colour to a blind person.

May 3, 2007 2:21am CST
I was browsing through the internet and saw a flick of an advert saying exactly that! It got me thinking.... I would describe red as being a hot colour. And blue a cold colour. White would be cotton wool and the smell of hospitals! Clean and sanitary, but that was as far as I got! How would you describe all the colours to a blindperson?
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
4 May 07
That is how I would describe red. Red is a hot color...that draws your eye to it. Orange is warming color that has a cool feeling to it. Yellow is a bright color that makes you smile. Green is like the Earth and a peaceful color. Blue is a cold color that almost melt in your eye. Indigo is a combo of beautiful blue and green...relaxing. Violet is a nice, out there color that can be cool or warm. I could go on...but those are all the colors of the rainbow. How did I do? Would you be able to picture some type of color with me just describing is as little detail as that? :D
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4 May 07
I would. I think it's fascinating that someone could go through life never seeing things that we take for granted everyday.
@laiza14 (593)
• Philippines
3 May 07
of course the colors of the blind perosn is dark color..if they are born blind, the will not know any of those colors because theyre born blind.. otherwise, other people who became blind because of an accident can describe a color.. is that what youre trying to say?
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3 May 07
No. If you wanted to tell a blind person what colour something was, how would you do it? We take colours for granted so much in our everyday descriptions it would be strange trying to explain them, to someone who had never seen them.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
4 May 07
Purple you would think of a Queen or King and the soft velvet wrapped around their shoulders. Sky blue would be the sound of Angels singing. Pink is the laughter of a little girl. Red would be the anger that you hear in a dogs growl. Darker blue would be the feeling you get when you hear a water fall. White would be the mist you feel coming off of the water fall. Orange would be the heat you feel on your skin on a sprint or fall day. But yellow would be the same heat on a winter day...much lighter but still there. But of course, Red-Orange would be the heat you feel during the summer because it is also mixed with that anger with the sun being so strong. But I can't figure out the right way to describe green or brown. I would like to say green is the feel of the grass...but I fear that I would be associating it to grass because I know the color of it. As also brown is tree bark. This was very interesting! :)
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4 May 07
Brown could be the feel of milk chocolate melting on your tongue. Green ... I'm not sure.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
4 May 07
I think that is excellent for brown! :)
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@worthy (2413)
• India
3 May 07
If I had to do that, I would describe the emotional and psychological impacts of different colours on us. Although I am not able to relate to this concept, as the very idea of describing colours to a visually challenged person is not of much use. A visually challenged person has his/her own sweet world, and thinks differently while trying to visualise different feelings in his/her mind. If blind people have the inability to see colours, I'm sure they have the ability to visualise things which we can never think of. At the most, we can tell them what each colour signifies...just for their general knowledge!
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