Light Bending for Color

Light Bending for Color


When I was thirteen, I wandered into a store that sold a small collection of stones, ranging from agate to snowflake obsidian. Even among the tiger's eye, something stood out for me -- it was an onyx egg. Upon picking it up and rolling it in my hands, I was stunned by the brilliant gold bands on the oblong ends that only appeared when directly looks at. I also have a necklace with a labradorite stone that shines a brilliant blue at certain angles.

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Color Symbolism: Pink

Color Symbolism: Pink


Being half red, many of the characteristics of red are found in pink. A warm colour, pink is welcoming, and stands for romance and passion. Paired with red, and sometimes white, pink is the colour of St. Valentine's Day, a holiday based on showing love to the people around you.

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Pink is also a delicate colour. Perceived as feminine in the United States, it is also the colour of innocence and purity in Japanese culture. I always associate pink with spring, and most of the flowers that bloom, like the cherry blossoms. In giving pink flowers, the general sentiment is that of gratitude and friendship, an appreciation for another person over all.

Connotations of pink from Design Meltdown: Passion, romance, love, innocence, soothing, relaxing, fresh, sensuous, restful, tranquilizing, marriage, healthy, happy, sweet, nice, playful, good health, life, sexuality, purity, gratitude, appreciation, feminine, fun, free.

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Ten Color Basics

Ten Color Basics


Special to HGTV.com, Mark McCauley lays out ten rules for using colour, the first of which interests me most: the 60-30-10 rule. Those three numbers relate to percentages of colour that will make for the most aesthetically appealing. The percentages are shown in room photographs, but McCauley makes mention of using that same idea if wearing a suit, and I dare to think it applies with most any other combination of clothing. McCauley visits other design and coordination concepts, such as colour schemes, remembering that using black is okay, using colours from patterns, drawing from nature, and bringing the colours home before you buy them.

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The read the complete ten colour basics, visit the HGTV site, and bring back your colour palettes following one of the basic rules.

See you when I get back home.

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Color for the Blind

Color for the Blind


As part of his required materials and courses, Victor Wong, a graduate of Hong Kong University, now studying at Cornell in New York City, has to be able to read weather maps like any other student.

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The complication with this is that Wong has been blind since age seven. Following the well-known phrase "Necessity is the mother of invention," Wong has create software that turns colour into sound. While not publically available, the windows this software could open for the blind not only speak for inclusion, but would allow for a whole new world in the exploration of the visual arts. The software itself assigns eighty-eight different piano notes to specific pixels, and plays them when a stylus-like tool is guided over corresponding colours.

To learn more, the story can be found here.

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Colors Seen Travelling

Colors Seen Travelling


Travelling is always a great experience. Between the good memories you make, the beautiful places you see, and the things you take back with you, whether they are photographs or souvenirs, holidays and even business trips grant the opportunity of different perspectives.

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Over the past two days, I've been in a car (briefly), five trains, on foot for more than ten hours, on one plane with two landings for five hours, and back in another car for some time. Where I find myself is in Oklahoma, very close to Oklahoma City.

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What Color(s) are You?

What Color(s) are You?


Got a close-up of yourself?

Can you crop one?

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Let's see what you look like, lovers.

In Hex.

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Color Symbolism: Purple

Color Symbolism: Purple


Not generally found in nature, Purple is almost hard to find in use even now. When first introduced, purple had become a symbol of royalty, as only the very wealthy could afford it, purple being many times more expensive than gold. A combination of blue and red, purple can be both romantic and mysterious. It is also the colour of morning in Thailand.

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Purple is perceived generally as a feminine colour. Given to either side of its blue and red combination, it possessed the duality of both cool and warm capabilities. Lighter shades speak more on friendliness than the dark shades and their speaking on wealth.

Connotations of purple from Design Meltdown: Royalty, prosperity, wealth, Easter, spirituality, wisdom, healing, nobility, romantic, delicate, cheerful, feminine, justice, mystery, mourning, death, humility, and purity.

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What We Used to Do for Color

What We Used to Do for Color


The earliest in paints, wall papers, and even food being hazardous should come as no surprise. Though now we're moving away from these dangers, substances that we now see as something not to touch were once commonplace.

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This post is not meant to cause mass hysteria.

Chromium, cadmium, mercury, lead, cyanide, and arsenic salts were used from home decorations to cosmetics. Most of these aren't even found in homes anymore.

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How We Color Organize…

How We Color Organize…


Craig a COLOURlovers member & book lover sent in a picture of his bookshelf and it is an amazing display of color organization. "We organized our bookshelves in honor of the Rainbow Snake of Australian mythology. The book spine spectrum zig-zags from left to right, then right to left, and so forth." Click here to see a full size picture of his colorful bookshelf.

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My books are all over the place and so are my magazines... I suppose I should invest in a big bookshelf like Craig has and create a colorful book wall, but right now keeping my closet color organized is enough of a challenge. When I am not on the road all the time I usually organize my closet to have clothes in color order from dark to light colors, grouped in jackets, button down shirts to t-shirts.

Do you organize things by color?

Do you have a picture of it?

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Color-shifting Lenses

Color-shifting Lenses


Making things smaller and better is the way of the technological world. New devices and idea seem to be surfacing from everywhere each week, and this week a device that everyone may soon be able to enjoy has shown up --

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And it's not just for geeks.

From a ten dollar pair at Wal-Mart to gaudy-excused-for-fashion pairs that cost more than you'd like to accidentally sit on, sunglasses have remained unchanged for some time, aside from Polarisation and fade tints. Transitions lenses may be soon seeing some competition with a latest development that changes ... and on demand at that.

Changing within about one to two seconds, researchers at the University of Washington have developed a pair of lens that are "more controllable, more active, more intelligent, and dramatically improve lens function," says Chunye Xu, research assistant professor. The lens material is actually plastic, and responds when a watch battery in the glasses discharges electricity, and can change between a range of colours between blue, green, yellow, and purple.

The technology itself boasts to be cheaper, and rightfully so as the glasses are made from organic materials. Though still primitive looking under development, I'd argue that they look better already compared to most glasses out there today.

To learn more, visit Discovery.com

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