skip to primary navigation skip to content

Scope of this tool

SEE-IT is intended for assessing flat artwork that is typically viewed at a handheld distance. Examples of this include text and graphics on:

  • Handheld display screens, e.g. on mobile phones and tablets;
  • Labels, e.g. on packaging;
  • Flat paper products, e.g. business cards and flyers;
  • Other printed flat surfaces, e.g. sides of boxes.

When using such things, people choose a viewing distance that is comfortable for them. If a user has uncorrected short-sightedness, they may choose to view things very close up. If they have uncorrected age-related long-sightedness, they may hold items at arm’s length.

To match this, SEE-IT uses data from a survey that tested people’s vision ability using eye charts that they held in their hands, and where they were allowed to choose their own viewing distance. (More detail on this survey).

The tool is not suitable for assessing graphical details that are intended to be perceived at a distance, or for understanding and assessing an interaction involving hand-eye coordination, such as opening packaging. The Cambridge Simulation Glasses are recommended for assessing these scenarios.



We would welcome your feedback on this page:

Your name:

Your email:

Please tick this box if you would like to receive updates on inclusive design training and tools from the Engineering Design Centre.

Your comments:

Please leave this field blank (it's a spam trap):

Any information that you send us will be handled in accordance with our privacy policy.