Colour blind friendly maps

MAPS FOR ALL forms of colour blindness - On average one child in every classroom is colour blind

We believe all maps used in the classroom should be fully inclusive. Colour blindness or colour vision deficiency (CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 boys / men and 1 in 200 girls / women in the world. Which means on average there is one child in every classroom with a form of colour blindnesss. In Britain there are approximately 2.7 million with CVD. In the majority of cases colour blindness is not even considered in the design process so many will struggle with every day maps, maps used in examinations, thematic maps used on websites and in reports and books, wallmaps in schools, walking maps in guides and brochures to name a few. This need not be the case and with some thought and good use of colour and symbology in map design they can work for all.  As professional cartographers we have a responsibility to do the best we can in map design. Find out more at 


Our wall maps for schools are pleasing on the eye and most importantly work for everyone including all forms of colour blindness. Maps include a range of world maps, continental maps (political and physical) and maps of the British Isles. These are available to buy in our shop area.

The first image below is our world map, the second image is that same map through the eyes of someone with the most common form of colour blindness. Visually different, but it still works.

Please consider colour blindness when you next buy a map for your classroom, office, work place or any public space.

Please contact us with your requirement or any questions.

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