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Ultra Violet In A Visual & Virtual World

Abby is sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” ~Pantone

Fully blossomed water lily violet with a gold and voilet center.If you haven’t already heard, Ultra Violet is 2018’s color of the year. Pantone, the color people, are the premier authority on all things color.

Being born sighted one of the things I was most grateful for was seeing color. While I can still enjoy colors, with my diminished eyesight I have problems distinguishing shades.

We live in a visual world and thanks to the internet we also live in a virtual world. When visual and virtual worlds merge together, it creates an opportunity to engage with others on an unimaginable level.

Being able to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world at any time is nothing short of magical to me. Yet the ability to fully engage in the virtual world leaves many people out in the cold.

You Really Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Ultra Violet, a reddish blue, is an abstract idea to a person who has never seen it before. Unfortunately engaging in the virtual world doesn’t stop at just color. Recently I read an article that said every day 2 billion photos are shared on Facebook alone. Imagine how many total images this would be if we included Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging platforms.

Now consider descriptions are not on the majority of images on all social media. When you have little to no sight this is the reality for many of us. Every. Single. Day. Developers are working hard to make artificial intelligence better at describing images but we still have a long way to go.

In the interim, skillfully painting with words, to describe images and colors can help engage our senses. Similar to a writer making stories come alive in our imaginations, for those of us who cannot see, words fill in the blanks.

Back to Ultra Violet

Color plays a major role in our lives. In fashion, being aware of color is helpful when buying apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. ~Leatrice Eiseman

While Bold Blind Beauty cannot restore sight to a blind person, it’s our hope we can become more mindful of others and together work towards a more inclusive world.

Have a great weekend Everyone! ~Abby


17 thoughts on “Ultra Violet In A Visual & Virtual World

  1. I don’t remember that at all, Steph. Must google it. I had a favorite pair of jeans back in the early 80s that had a blue and red weave in the denim creating a purplish hue. I met Teddy then and he hated them. Actually he hated most of my clothes which were vividly colored. He loves me in blue, black or white. Maybe colors are too intense for some people?

  2. This was a great post, Steph. So many of us perceive colors differently that describing it makes it come alive. My husband is not color blind but seems to struggle to see colors as I do. I usually lay out his clothes for him and if I don’t he goes out wearing brown, blue, grey and red together???

    1. Thanks Kerry, it’s an interesting topic for sure. I don’t know if you remember the blue dress fiasco from about two years ago that went viral. I think the actual color was blue/black but many people saw it as white/gold or something like that. It still boggles my mind that there was so much controversy over it and the scientific reasons why some saw one color while others saw something totally different still intrigues me.

      1. I don’t remember that at all, Steph. Must google it. I had a favorite pair of jeans back in the early 80s that had a blue and red weave in the denim creating a purplish hue. I met Teddy then and he hated them. Actually he hated most of my clothes which were vividly colored. He loves me in blue, black or white. Maybe colors are too intense for some people?

  3. The other day I heard this man speak on the radio – born colour blind, he has developed a device that enables him to hear colous, even ones the human eye can’t see. Fascinating stuff. Who knows what’s yet to come?

    1. Oh yes, there are a number of color identifier apps that can do this on cell phones. The way technology is evolving is making such a huge difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

  4. This is very helpful Steph! The world has changed and you are right color and images are an even bigger part of life! Everyone should be included in that world through descriptions or in other ways! Thanks

    1. Thank you for stopping past and reading Lynn!<3

      1. Most welcome dear Steph xo

  5. You have me thinking now, what I think was the purpose of this post. Thank you!

    1. Yes, this is the purpose. Thank you for coming by and reading.☺

  6. A very thought provoking post. I just cannot imagine life without colour Steph. Purple is such a stunning colour in all its hues.

    1. Hi Brigid, thank you for reading and commenting. I too can’t imagine my life without color but I don’t have anything to compare it with. What blows my mind is thinking of what it must be like to experience life fully without the distraction of eyesight.

  7. Your posts always leave me a little more perceptive. Without colours, life would be so bland and I honestly can’t begin to imagine what it would mean if I’m unable to see and appreciate them. It’s a good thing that artificial intelligence keeps improving the perception of things and with time who knows what we can achieve.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Jackie. Life for those who have never seen color really isn’t bland it’s different. Even though I’ve lost more sight than I was born with my life is very fulfilled and in so many ways far more colorful than prior to my loss of sight. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to be congentally blind as that isn’t my story but I have many friends who are and their approach to life is on a level those of us who were born with sight can never understand or experience. This line of thinking has totally changed the way I used to think of blindness because I don’t know what I don’t know. However I’m so thankful to have friends who can try to help me to understand their world just as we try to help them understand color. <3

  8. As always, Steph, I’m grateful for your helping me to see another perspective. I like what you said about painting with words.One way to share with those who may not have sight.
    I guess we don’t always know what we don’t know. I’m thinking of colours on the spectrum that sighted people can’t see either. Or sound that is beyond our hearing. We rely on technology or animals to make us aware. You’ve given me food for thought.

    1. And thank you for your insightful comment Robyn! <3

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