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How to Make Article Images and Figures More Accessible

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On October 4, 2021, I was going through articles in Nature, when one stood out to me. It was titled “Color me better: fixing figures for color blindness.” As someone who has color blindness myself — and who knows three other students and faculty within my department who are also color blind — I thought this article might be of some interest, so I decided to take a quick look at it.

Here are a few of my own thoughts — some of which are variations of those already in the Nature article, some of which are my own — to help make figures more accessible to color blind readers, whether in scientific papers, PowerPoint presentations or in the classroom. Don’t make figures that rely on color alone to be understandable. This may sound complicated,

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