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Prepare for assessment

To prepare for the assessments, first consider whether SEE-IT is suitable by examining the Scope below.


SEE-IT is intended for assessing flat artwork that is typically viewed at a hand-held distance, such as mobile phone screens and business cards. It identifies features that are difficult for many people to see clearly. It thus helps to produce and justify minor improvements that can really make a difference for people with age-related long-sightedness, in a commercially relevant context (more detail).

Overview of assessment

The assessment is performed by mounting the artwork on a wall, and then simulating reduced visual ability by viewing the artwork from an increased distance. The assessor records the furthest distance at which they can see the artwork clearly and comfortably. The SEE-IT tool then calculates how many people would be unable to see the artwork comfortably (i.e. would be excluded from seeing it) by comparing this distance with data from a survey (more detail).

You will need:

In order to perform the assessments, you will need enough clear floorspace to roll a tape measure out to 3 m away from a wall. Before going to this location, you will need to gather:

  • The flat artwork to assess, ideally produced in both full colour and greyscale (more detail).
  • A 3m long tape measure.
  • A smart phone or tablet with a data connection, and this website loaded onto it.
  • An assessor (who may be yourself), who does not noticeably experience age-related long sightedness, and whose vision is good enough to drive. If they wear glasses for distance (e.g. driving), they should bring them with them. A second assessor is also beneficial to discuss and compare the assessments, and to act as an assistant during the assessments.
  • A method for recording the assessments. We suggest that you download our assessment form (Word) (PDF), then insert your artwork into this form and then print it. However, you could use another method if preferred.

Next steps

Now calibrate your vision:   Calibrate


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