Experience New Color

Experience New Color


Computer monitors are given a range of Red, Cyan, and Green to compose all the colours that we see. While it's not the primary colours we learn in elementary school, these are the colours our eyes work with.

Understanding that, the following article uses the concept of an afterimage to show you a colour that isn't in your monitor.

I'd almost wonder if someone has made the colour you're about to see in the image here. Just follow the instructions, and the brilliant colour comes easily.

See if you can capture the colour from the image's effects.

Make a colour based on what you see, and post it here.

Share what you see.

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Sweetness Colored into Drinks

Sweetness Colored into Drinks


The influx of 'alternative' drinks in the late nineties meant bringing a lot of strange but delicious fruits to the table. I remember the first time I heard of 'dragonfruit,' I thought it was made up and then I just figured, "Oh, it must be red," since the drink was too. It's a surprise every time, with all of the different mixes and names. A week ago, I drank something that had Jackfruit in it, and that was just it for me. They have to be making this stuff up.

It was at this point that I went to the lovely, magical beast of the internet, and I asked it some questions about these cleverly named fruits -- and lots of results came back.

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Building Blocks of Color

Building Blocks of Color


Scientists tell us that DNA is the building block of life. In that respect, it seems like LEGO bricks are the building blocks of imagination. I still have my collection, which started as far back as I can remember, and building abnormal rectangular structures with mismatched blocks just seemed like the right thing to do.

Nathan Sawaya is doing something incredible with what I used to just play around with. He is a LEGO artist.

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Three Generations of Eye Color

Three Generations of Eye Color


Your eye colour had to have come from somewhere. Sure, there's genetics, but let's find a way follow it that doesn't lean so heavily on science. Let's map out your past three generations through colour.

If you can use a photograph, all the better, but if not, try to run on memory.

Make a five-colour palette using the eye colour of each of your grandparents, each of your parents, and your own, and see if there are any overlapping colours.

Here's what I came up with --

three generations

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Colors Changing for June Birthdays

Colors Changing for June Birthdays


Time-honoured is the tradition of celebrating birthdays. Each month, both in the past, and currently, have adopted a set of stones to represent those birth months. To regulate the use of these stones, the Jewelers of America compiled a list for each of the twelve months and gave each a stone in 1912.

For June, according to the modern, traditional, and Zodiac adaptions, June technically has four birthstones. To give something with the birthstone corresponding to the person's birthday is along the same principle as anniversary gifts.

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Colorful Stories Do Not a “Bored” Book Make

Colorful Stories Do Not a “Bored” Book Make


While I don't have vivid memories of being read to, I do remember a lot of the board book stories, and colours in them, from when I was much younger. Some of them are still around in boxes, including the Green Eggs & Ham copy I felt needed some Crayola colour. What I remember of these books is how their colours kept my eyes moving, kept me interested in the moral stories. The colour kept me engaged.

So let's have a look back at five board book stories:

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Color Symbolism: White

Color Symbolism: White


Often associated with purity, white goes with every other colour quite well, much like black. The colour is actually the presence of all colours in the visible light spectrum, reflecting back to the eye something of maximum brightness.

Purity of Thought and Heart

In early Western films, the age when all vaults seemed to be filled with over-stuffed white bags with large dollars signs on them, the good guys wore white, and the bad guys wore black. This ties in with the perception of white being the colour of all things good natured. In traditional weddings, the bride wears white to symbolise her purity and innocence, and during Baptism, the babies are dressed in white gowns. Furthermore, angels almost always have white wings, white clothes, and sometimes even white hair. In the Japanese, Chinese, and Indian cultures, white is a colour of mourning and funerals.

Neutral Pairing

Being the colour that goes with everything, white emphasises the effects of the colours with which it is paired. With cool colours, white appears cool, and the same goes for warm colours.

Connotations of white according to Design Meltdown: Cleanliness, purity, life, stability, trustworthy, peace, happiness, cold, marriage, goodness.

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Interview with Daniel Flück on Color “Blindness”

Interview with Daniel Flück on Color “Blindness”


Colblindor was started in early 2006 when Daniel Flück created a blog based on colour deficiency and colour blindness. The blog has actually become quite the comprehensive resource itself, addressing types of colour blindness and how to distinguish between types of colour blindness.

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CL: What led you to create your blog, Colblindor?

Daniel Flück: It was in January 2006 when I was inspired by a talk of Robert Scoble about weblogs, and their growing power and interaction possibilities. After viewing this I decided to get on the boat, starting with my own ideas just about everything. Only after a while I found out, that this wasn't really what I was looking for. Browsing through some well known blogs about blogging taught me to watch out for my own niche which I could write about. And as I am colorblind myself and couldn't find anybody else writing about it, I started off with Colblindor.

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Feeling and Shaping Colors

Feeling and Shaping Colors


"Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform extraordinary maths in his head. He can also learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in a week. He has Savant Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Asperger's that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers, much like the Rain Man portrayed by Dustin Hoffman."

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I remember seeing an episode of 60 Minutes that featured Daniel Tammet, and I remember hearing something he said that struck something in me. While I'm neither a mathematical genius, nor capable of learning Icelandic in a week, he spoke about his synaesthesia, and how numbers could be ugly, or fuzzy, and he can actually paint Pi, and this was something I had thought I was previously experiencing alone.

Born on a Blue Day   His inspiring novel Born on a Blue Day serves as a unique leap into a mind no one else has.
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Planting the Most Powerful Color

Planting the Most Powerful Color


In the latest issue of Fine Gardening, Sydney Eddison, a colour-passionate contributor to the magazine, dispels the gardener's fear of dynamic reds by writing about the types of red in flowers, and how to use them.

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Calling attention to the assertive nature of red and how it has the power to draw the eye more than any other colour, Eddison goes on to mention that red has many faces, chief among these being cool red, true red, and warm red. Also among those three are tints, which are softer versions of their titles.

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