The Moon and the Earth have had a strange relationship for longer than we can understand. It has even been debated that, rather than a planet-moon relationship, it's really more of a double planet situation. Aside from that, given the Moon's dull grey, it somehow manages to appear in a range of colors while reflecting a very small amount of light.
The Moon reflects only 7% of the light it receives from the sun, and despite being flat, dull grey, the moon can appear pure white and extremely bright. The colour comes into play with the atmosphere. Because of the same light scattering principles involved in making the sky blue (the scattering and separation of the visible light spectrum leaving only blue), the moon can appear as red, orange, or yellow when rising because of how the atmosphere scatters the light.
The Painted Desert stretches itself across Arizona from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest, and runs along and to the north of the Little Colorado and the Puerco Rivers. Although the Navajo and the Hopi people have lived in this area for one thousand years at least, the name 'Painted Desert' was given by the Spaniards because of its beautifully colored strata.
The colors of the desert are layers upon layers of strata comprised of minerals and organic decaying material, both plants and animals. These hardened dunes, mesas, and buttes can be found through out the badlands, and are distinct because of their bold bands of red, orange, yellow, and grey. Even more dramatic, sunrise and sunrise paint the desert even bolder with glowing reds and oranges, and twilight seizes the strata with its deep blues.
According to nutritionists, naturally color-vibrant foods serve an important role in keeping you healthy and even reducing cancer risks. Antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are found in fruits in vegetables, have been noted to significantly reduce cancer risks. Beta carotine and lycopene can help protect cells from damage.
The American Cancer Society still warns that there is no single substance or food that will ward off illness, but the latest preventative answer seems to be in five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
All the science talk can be intimidating... so we've created a visual guide to help show you which fruits and vegetables are part of a colorful, healthy diet.
The Colors of a Healthy Diet
In nature, some animals like frogs and fish use bright colors to warn other animals that eating them could cause great harm... Soon coffee cup lids could give you a similar bright colored warning that your coffee is in fact scalding hot. (Reminds me of my old Hypercolor T-Shirts.)
Australian company, Smart Lid Systems provides a coffee lid that changes color from a dark brown to bright red when the temperature of the liquids inside is above 115°F. This color changing alert is meant to protect more people from being badly burned by hot liquids. The design of the lid also alerts consumers to improper fitted lids. As drinks cool, the color of the lid changes back to it's original dark form.
Domino Magazine's latest issue, Best of Decorating 2007 has an interesting section on Paint Colors & Color Trends.
Paint Color Combos - Four utterly of-the-moment pairings (and one rockin' threesome) destined to become palette classics.
Cream & Aubergine
Eggplant walls: trimmed with luscious off-white.
Pointing #2003 by Farrow & Ball
Eggplant #1379 by Benjamin Moore
You probably learned your basic human anatomy sometime around grade school. Textbooks said your blood was red and a scraped knee on the playground confirmed it. We bleed red because of hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin is comprised of iron, which oxidizes as red like rust, causing our blood to be bright red when oxygen rich. So...
Why Are My Blood Veins Blue?
Armin Vit at Speak Up took an amazing look at the 25 movie posters of the top grossing movies of all time.
Not only did he organize the top 25 posters and break them down to simple palettes... He even created a larger image that showed the percentage of color usage for each film rating. Mr. Vit might just be our new best COLOURfriend.
Armin: "I looked for the final theatrical posters - as opposed to teaser or character-specific posters — which most fully represented what people saw on the streets or in movie theaters. Once lined up, I went over them one by one selecting a) the overall or background color, b) one or two of the most visible colors, and c) one or two accent colors. Ignoring any minimum-impact colors along the way. After picking out the colors, I arranged them, via gradients, on a horizontal bar, using the background color as the base and then eyeballing the "amount" of the rest of the colors to create an approximation of the colors you would see if you squinted at the poster or if you had really blurry vision."
Are you tired of the other kids at Summer Color Camp laughing at you because you thought chartreuse was a shade of pink? Still having nightmares about the time you called a Salmon colored dress Mauve? With our help you'll never call Azure, Aquamarine again and will be name dropping colors like they're hot potatoes.
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Our guide isn't an exact science, depending on our monitor color calibration, brightness and even how good our eyes are... we all see a slightly different color. So, we took the color names that are used most often and best guessed the appropriate colors based on web standards and common usage.
Beer is the world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars derived from starch-based material—the most common being malted barley; however wheat, corn, and rice are also widely used, usually in conjunction with the barley.
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We chose several beers of different types and found colors that were warm browns and golden yellows, even some amber reds and oranges... while even serving some deep, rich browns in the darker beers.
Ale is a type of beer brewed from barley malt with a top-fermenting brewers yeast that ferments quickly, giving a sweet, full body and a fruity, and sometimes butter-like, taste. Most ale contains some herb or spice, usually hops, which imparts a bitter, herbal flavor which balances the malt sweetness. As an appellative ale means any top-fermented beverage made from malt. Many types of ale inclue pale ale, brown ale, dark ale, Belgian ale, German ale, and cream ale.
India Pale Ale
India Pale Ale is a distinct style of beer and is characterized as a sparkling pale ale with a high level of alcohol and hops; the hops lending it a distinct bitterness.
I love color and I often find myself talking about this site and what the color community is all about. Nine times out of ten the person I'm talking to throws in something like "Oh a color website... that's interesting, but it is a pretty small niche."
I couldn't disagree more and we want your help to prove color isn't a small niche. We all use or interact with color on a daily basis...
Color is a global powerhouse and every week for the next 6 weeks we're going to prove it.