Grabbing Hold of Your Color Bits

Grabbing Hold of Your Color Bits


It seems like anytime computers or video games are mentioned, somebody ends up talking about bits. Both processors and colour palettes can be measured this way, but what it means is less often received rather than an obscure idea of where in time something might have come from in time when someone says, for example, 8-bit.

Four-by-Four

The general rule of colour bits is the number of variations in a colour palette according to how many bits it is. In 4-bit colour, you have four base colours (greyscale, red, green, blue) and the variations of those colours are sixteen, as is four times four, and the palette becomes the series of bars below.

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Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting

Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting


The world has seen thousands of artists and millions of great pieces of art, but we chose just a handful of pieces of art from some of greatest masters of painting to show a little of how they were inspired by color... or perhaps, how they inspire us with color.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona LisaMona Lisa
Painted between 1503 and 1506 in Florence, Italy. It is painted using the sfumato method, a term coined by Leonardo referring to a painting technique in which translucent layers of paint are applied so subtly that there is no perceptible transition. Her enigmatic smile has been both evocative and cause of speculation as to whom she might be.
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Better Health Comes in Quiet Colors

Better Health Comes in Quiet Colors


Whether you have insurance or not, whether you're in the worst pain you've every felt in your life or not, it always seems like an extra hassle to get better sooner, because that means waiting for an hour, filling out paper work. Talking. Everyone hates going to the doctor's office.

Except me.

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Sights and Sounds from 1971

Sights and Sounds from 1971


Accompanied by synchronised music akin to the earliest of arcade games, which is wonderful, the varying block animations and sounds were put together in 1971. The video below is called Synchromy, and it was created by Norman McLaren, Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director. The series of colours and sounds build together, and become something incredible and stimulating even today. In all, the theme seems to be very playful and upbeat.

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Confessions of a Colourful Candy Addict

Confessions of a Colourful Candy Addict


Sugar is a powerful thing, don't let anyone tell you differently. When we were younger, sugar filled the imagination and conversations with others and suddenly everything became silly. Once we're older, sugar brings that child in us back out, and we're still driven crazy by it. Favourites were common, but everyone had several.

Here are five colourful, sugary things that I ate way too much of as a kid, and drove my mother crazy with.

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Eyes Lead the Body

Eyes Lead the Body


Finally. Sunglasses for the eye alone.

Nike Vision has been putting out sport glasses for both UV protection and better vision that can withstand the pace of you. Available in grey-green or amber -- different colours for different situations -- their latest development has been tinted contact lenses called Nike MAXSIGHT that no only can carry your prescription, but can block harmful UV rays and keep what the MAXSIGHT campaign terms visual noise from building up near the retina that can blur vision.

How It Works

MAXSIGHT science

To learn more about the product, and where you can get some of your own, visit Nike Vision and click on MAXSIGHT.

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Colorful Language

Colorful Language


Anyone who walks into the paint chip section of a store can tell you that there are many, many different names for yellow. And red. And blue, and so on. From amazing to zealous, there have been countless adjectives and images attached to swatches of colour to get us exciting about differentiation. Sometimes, it seems wrong to use the words they have printed on the colour squares. Word choices don't always seem to match properly, though a lot of them are named after things found in nature, like goldenrod and its very specific yellow. This got me wondering what it would be like to go to a similar shelf, having a different primary language. And trust me, your mother didn't teach you to talk with this mouth, either.

Different Names for the Same Thing

Obviously, every language has different words for the things we commonly know as 'milk,' 'brother,' and 'hair,' but an interesting difference comes when we start talking about colour. In English, we have orange and pink, which are really 'light brown' and 'light red' to many other cultures, no different from the light blue with which we label the sky.

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Color Symbolism:  Gold

Color Symbolism: Gold


Dress for Excess

Lavishness is the perception of gold, and regal are those who wear it. Closely related to yellow, orange, and even brown, gold can be seen as both warm and cold. Associated with wealth and prosperity, gold is the highest prize.

Placing First

Getting the gold medal in the Olympics is monumental, and getting the gold star in kindergarten can have the same effect. Reaching the fiftieth anniversary in a romantic relationship warrants a gift of gold, and wedding bands are typically cast in gold. Gold is also what financially backs money, at least here in the United States, which is funny, considering green symbolises money. The pieces of paper are exchanged as sort of I-Owe-Yous for gold. Gold stands for praise, excellence, and wealth, and an excess of any can always present the possibility of suddenly turning for the worst.

With blue, gold becomes a symbol of credibility and financial dependability. With green or brown, gold becomes a bit more down to earth. And with red, gold becomes a great deal more lavish and rich.

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World War I …  In Color

World War I … In Color


The World's Armed Forces Forum, the first forum dedicated to discussing issues of the military, has grown into a sprawling network of ideas, musings, and debates. While things can get a bit hot at times, there are some posts that just can't be argued with.

Having taken photos and historical evidence from World War I, the following post features digitally coloured photographs. There is nothing in the post that isn't work safe, or even unsafe to show children.

Click here to see the formermly black-and-white photographs.

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Colored in Your Favourite Place

Colored in Your Favourite Place


Starting with my annual hike on Earth Day, I try to spend at least one day every two weeks outside, hiking. During the summer months, this can escalate to maybe even twice a week, but I'm fortunate enough to have a sprawling national park very near to my home. I consider it one of my favourite places on Earth.

With all of the valleys in my area carved by glaciers, cliff tops are somewhat commonplace. Seen from below in the image below, these cliffs have spawned many daydreams, many stories, and many conversations.

below cliffs

Though typically it's the view that brings me there, the cave running from the top to the base is beautiful as well, and usually keeps cool when the summer days forget to bring breezes.

Got a favourite place where you go to find some quiet?

A place where you bring all your friends during the summer? The winter?

Got a favourite place to take photographs?

... got a favourite place?

Make a palette of its predominant colours and share it with us.

Here's what I came up with:

earth and sky

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