Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience

Philips Aurea: A Colorful Viewing Experience


Philips Ambilight Series of TVs extend the colors of video outside of the screen to create an ambiance that heightens the viewing experience... and they are now releasing their latest creation, Aurea. The new 42" Aurea doesn't just extended the colors onto the wall behind the TV anymore, it extends the color out of the back, front and sides.

Four trillion colours processing
Vibrant and natural images from most advanced colour processing. The three colour channels (RGB) are optimised using 14 bit resolution, a total processing power of four trillion colours. It produces vibrant colours while retaining excellent sharpness. The advanced algorithms detect subtle colour shades and skin tones, and processes these to give most natural colours.


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The Müller Formula (or: Predictable Color Preferences)

The Müller Formula (or: Predictable Color Preferences)


More than half a century ago, Aemelius Müller, professor at the academy of Winterthur, Switzerland, came up with a formula that could predict the appreciation of a color-combination. In other words: Müller was able to predict which combination of colors most people would probably like.
 

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Müller's formula predicts that these color combinations will be considered as ugly by most people.

 
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While these will be liked. How is this possible?

 
 

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First we need to consider the 'natural' brightness of the colors of the color circle, as discussed in this post about Brightness vs. Whiteness. You will notice that yellow, for instance, is a lot brighter than blue.

 
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On a scale from 1 to 100, bright yellow has a brightness value of 90, while bright blue has a value as low as 35. Likewise, every hue in the color circle has its own 'natural' brightness.

 

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COLOURlovers Joins The Deck

COLOURlovers Joins The Deck


We are very excited to announce our new advertising partner, The Deck. We are happy to be joining a network that supports the creative community and will help us as we continue growing and sharing as much color love as we can.

The Deck: The premier advertising network for reaching creative, web and design professionals, The Deck serves up millions of page views each month and is uniquely configured to connect the right marketers to a targeted, influential audience.

These sites are The Deck:
A List ApartDaring Fireball37signalsWaxy.orgYayHooray!The Morning NewsDesign ObserverKottke.orgIconBuffetHelvetica: The FilmComputerloveVitaminFortuitousZeldmanSubtractionswissmissAirbag,  & Coudal.

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Being a part of The Deck means only 1 ad per page and only ads from quality companies with products that have been vouched for. Check out our new partner sites and our new advertising partners at: http://www.coudal.com/deck/

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Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors

Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors


In the corporate world, climbing ladders and shaking hands run simultaneous. Between lunches, dinners, and meetings, something had to surface among the numbing UV lights of the office to keep everything in line. The Post-it Note, a small square with re-adhearable adhesive on the back, was one such answer. The three-inch bright yellow square was employed as a reminder, a note, or for organization... But some don't see it as only a productivity tool... they see it as a medium for colorful art.

Even on 3M's corporate site the Post-it Notes are sold with the slogan "So express yourself in color." Some creative people took that idea to heart and below are several examples of how people have used the sticky notes to create works of art.

colorful post-it art
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"TO DO" is a project by the New York based public art collaborative, Illegal Art. Feel free to write your own "to do" list on a Post-it®. Please do not remove any Post-its®. We will be documenting the project as the week continues and installing new Post-its® as the space fills.

colorful post-it art
img  by Nicolas Rudelle

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Colors of Religion:  Hinduism

Colors of Religion: Hinduism


Hinduism is an extremely diverse religion. Although some tenets of the faith are accepted by most Hindus, scholars have found it difficult to identify any doctrines with universal acceptance among all denominations. Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsāra (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various yogas (paths or practices). It even ranges in the perceived concept of God, from monotheism to polytheism, to even panentheism, pantheism, monism and even atheism. One common theme, however, is colour. Between ceremonies and chakras, the spectrum holds nothing back.

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During a Hindu wedding, there's plenty of red about. Red is seen as a symbol of happiness, and found on the bride's dress, the groom's robe and scarf, and in the sindoor, the holy red powder, that the groom places on the forehead of his bride, welcoming her into his life as his partner. During the ceremony, the groom gives a mangalsutra, a black beaded necklace, to the bride as a symbol of love, integrity and devotion towards her. The bride's hands are decorated with a red-brown henna, which has predated written text in its use, symbolising joy and happiness. Favourite pets and horses, brides, sometimes grooms, and children have all been decorated with henna's decorative art, Mehndi, comes out usually following holidays or special events. In the region where the henna plant grows, it follows that wherever there's joy, there's henna.

Followers of Hinduism often practice yoga. Meditation and tranquility are prevailing themes, and aligning the chakras, of which each is represented by a colour.

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Violet - Crown

purple flowering tree   Related organ: Brain
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally. Personal identification with the infinite, oneness with God, peace, wisdom.
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Forbidden Color Combinations?

Forbidden Color Combinations?


Color theorists and designers in fashion or computer graphics have coined phrases based around what colors shouldn't go together. A recent forum post, Red and Green Should Not Be Seen? discusses two of the sayings ("Red and Green Should Not Be Seen" and "Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between"), and some lovers have even responded in protest, showing how there is no 'wrong' in love. Here are some palettes and applications of the forbidden colors that really work.

Red and Green Seen

ze cod 05Tin Car Bell
napolitanasummer tree fairy
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Dipsticks - Colorful Creations by Nick van Woert

Dipsticks - Colorful Creations by Nick van Woert


There was a time when Nick aka thesupermarket once ruled the spot of #1 COLOURlover. He has since moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design and has continued his creative genius in the physical world. His latest creations are awkwardly wonderful...

Dipsticks

each piece is made of 1 can of paint and a plastic figurine like a super-hero only none of them are super-heros. the sculptures are made by putting the two parts together. i dip the figurine into the can of paint until all of the paint has accumulated onto the figure. the empty can then acts as the pedestal for the finished work. the materials and the process are simple and fixed. the result of the process on the materials is unpredictable and out of my control. it's like an icicle forming on an overhang. simple, pointless, fragile beauty.

Nick van Woert

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Landmark Colors:  The Great Barrier Reef

Landmark Colors: The Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers (1,616 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (132,974 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia, and can be seen from space.

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From jellyfish to whales and a wide variety of fish, the reef supports such a diversity of life, including many rare, endangered species. The reef has skeleton deposits dating back half-a-million years, but among these deposits lives a world of colour. Coral alone can be from red to blue, and even white. Despite its stone appearance, coral is actually alive and growing. Corals have been growing in the region for as long as 25 million years, but have not always formed coral reef structures. Four-hundred species of corals, both hard corals and soft, are found on the reef.

Colorful Sea Life of the Great Barrier Reef

More than 1500 species of fish live on the reef, including the Clownfish (below), Red Bass, Red-Throat Emperor, and several species of Snapper and Coral Trout.

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Clownfish Hiding  Me the Anemone

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The Colors of Cancer in Science and Support

The Colors of Cancer in Science and Support


Just as the breath of someone who has had too much to drink reeks of acetone, the breath of someone with lung cancer reeks too... Except humans can't smell the cancer... But machines might be able to. A group of US scientists based in the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, have devised a test that hopes to become an inexpensive solution to an otherwise $1200 series of tests.

Connecting the Dots - Cancer in Color

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This tiny square, about the size of a quarter, has thirty-six dots of different colours. These colours are actually specifically allocated receptors for different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are produced when cancerous tumours are in the lungs. These compounds are produced because the presence of cancer actually changes metabolism in the lungs, and different chemicals are exhaled.

Naturally, it is true that passing breath over the test will yield results -- as there is a very chemical process involved -- the difference is in the colors. While sometimes there may not even appear to be a change, a machine that will later read the dotted card will reveal the results, and the test has shown 'moderate accuracy' by correctly diagnosing nearly three-fourths of every tested patient. To tell the difference, the sensor array's 36 chemically sensitive spots were converted to numerical values for the change in red, blue, and green components.

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Color Inspiration: 90+ Yellow Color Palettes

Color Inspiration: 90+ Yellow Color Palettes


Continuing on from our 130 Green Palettes, and since we're getting towards the end of our sunny summer... We looked through tons of great lover created palettes to bring you more than 90 yellow color palettes to help you share the last bit of summer color love. Some have lots of yellow... some have hints of yellow...

fuseboxinsides lemon pop

'Sup Buttercup? occupied in the day

Yellow Knight Summer Light

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