THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! (no kidding) I’ve been wanting to make a random post about colours some time now.
What is colour? Our friend wikipedia says,
Colour is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light (distribution of light power versus wavelength) interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects, materials, light sources, etc., based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates.
Yay for science. There’s also the psychological attributes of colour.
Speaking of psychology, a very interesting take on how each feeling can be represented by a colour…
…and did you know that there are mathematical correlations between colours?
Cool infographic time! (no, I’m not simply throwing links around, not at all)
As a future designer, I find colour theory fascinating. Quick explanation:
Not to mention the careful selection of corporate logos colours.
Oh well! There’s no way for me to explain how pleasing to me eye is this:
The evolution of Crayola!

The evolution of Crayola!

 or this:
Messy colours are the best too.

Messy colours are the best too.

or this wonderful selection of Copic markers:

porn indeed.
I also have this mild need to sort colours everytime I have the chance to… And I’m sad that there’s no game for organizing a fair amount of colours just for fun. (maybe I haven’t found it yet? or maybe I need to make it!) But there is this cool thingy which resembles closely what I want: The Online Colour Challenge! Yes, let me see you squint and adjust your screen settings…
Moving on to colour schemes-I’m pretty sure there’s a couple of cool tools out there on the internets, but I think I have the best two on my hands.
Colour Scheme Designer and Adobe Kuler (thank you Tomáš-actually the one who inspired me to write this post)
For more randomness, have some Obscure Color Words:
albicant: whitish; becoming white
amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colour
azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
celadon: pale green; pale green glazed pottery
cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
chartreuse: yellow-green colour
cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour
citrine: dark greenish-yellow
eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-coloured
erythraean: reddish colour
flavescent: yellowish or turning yellow
greige: of a grey-beige colour
haematic: blood coloured
heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
isabelline: greyish yellow
jacinthe: orange colour
kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
lovat: grey-green; blue-green
madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
mauve: light bluish purple
mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colour
russet: reddish brown
sable: black; dark; of a black colour in heraldry
saffron: orange-yellow
sarcoline: flesh-coloured
smaragdine: emerald green
tilleul: pale yellowish-green
titian: red-gold, reddish brown
vermilion: bright red
violescent: tending toward violent
virid: green
viridian: chrome green
xanthic: yellow
zinnober: chrome green
And remember: When in doubt, organize by colour.

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