Stars are Hotter than You

Stars are Hotter than You

When cooking on a gas stove, the colour at the centre of the flame is blue, which seems a little strange considering the association of blue with cold and red with hot.

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In fact, if you blink, you might miss seeing that sometimes the tips of the flame can be red or orange. It's the same as how a flame on a match head will appear orange, because it has a cooler temperature than the base of the flame on a gas-fed stove top.

The principle behind this is called colour temperature. The range of flames in particular run from red being of the lowest heat, and blue burning hottest. This is also true of stars, as they are giant balls of flaming gasses.

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Flags of the World by Color Usage

Flags of the World by Color Usage

Shahee Ilyas has lots of fun and interesting projects on his site. One I found particularly interesting was a breakdown of all the flag colors in the world and how much each color is used in each flag.

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With his permission here they are:

Each sector the pie-chart is proportional to the area of the color on the respective flag

Click on an Image to Reveal the Country Flag

Afghanistan af
Albania al
Algeria ag
American Samoa aq
Andorra an
Angola ao
Anguilla av
Antigua and Barbuda ac
Argentina ar
Armenia am
Aruba aa
Australia as
Austria au
Azerbaijan aj
Bahamas, The bf
Bahrain ba
Bangladesh bg
Barbados bb
Belarus bo
Belgium be
Belize bh
Benin bn
Bermuda bd
Bhutan bt
Bolivia bl
Bosnia and Herzegovina bk
Botswana bc
Brazil br
British Virgin Islands vi
Brunei bx
Bulgaria bu
Burkina Faso uv
Burma bm
Burundi by
Cambodia cb
Cameroon cm
Canada ca
Cape Verde cv
Cayman Islands cj
Central African Republic ct
Chad cd
Chile ci
China ch
Christmas Island kt
Colombia co
Comoros cn
Congo, Democratic Republic of the cg
Congo, Republic of the cf
Cook Islands cw
Costa Rica cs
Cote d'Ivoire iv
Croatia hr
Cuba cu
Cyprus cy
Czech Republic ez
Denmark da
Djibouti dj
Dominica do
Dominican Republic dr
East Timor tt
Ecuador ec
Egypt eg
El Salvador es
Equatorial Guinea ek
Eritrea er
Estonia en
Ethiopia et
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) fk
Faroe Islands fo
Fiji fj
Finland fi
France fr
French Polynesia fp
Gabon gb
Gambia, The ga
Georgia gg
Germany gm
Ghana gh
Gibraltar gi
Greece gr
Greenland gl
Grenada gj
Guam gq
Guatemala gt
Guernsey gk
Guinea gv
Guinea-Bissau pu
Guyana gy
Haiti ha
Holy See (Vatican City) vt
Honduras ho
Hong Kong hk
Hungary hu
Iceland ic
India in
Indonesia id
Iran ir
Iraq iz
Ireland ei
Isle of Man im
Israel is
Italy it
Jamaica jm
Japan ja
Jersey je
Jordan jo
Kazakhstan kz
Kenya ke
Kiribati kr
Korea, North kn
Korea, South ks
Kuwait ku
Kyrgyzstan kg
Laos la
Latvia lg
Lebanon le
Lesotho lt
Liberia li
Libya ly
Liechtenstein ls
Lithuania lh
Luxembourg lu
Marshall Islandsrm
Micronesia, Federated States offm
Netherlands Antillesnt
New Zealandnz
Norfolk Islandnf
Northern Mariana Islandscq
Papua New Guineapp
Pitcairn Islandspc
Puerto Ricorq
Saint Helenash
Saint Kitts and Nevissc
Saint Luciast
Saint Pierre and Miquelonsb
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesvc
San Marinosm
Sao Tome and Principetp
Saudi Arabiasa
Sierra Leonesl
Solomon Islandsbp
South Africasf
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islandssx
Sri Lankace
Trinidad and Tobagotd
Turks and Caicos Islandstk
United Arab Emiratesae
United Kingdomuk
United Statesus
Wallis and Futunawf


All Flag Colors Combined

All Flags Colors
Using a list of countries generated by The World Factbook database, flags of countries fetched from Wikipedia (as of 26th May 2007) are analyzed by a custom made python script to calculate the proportions of colors on each of them. That is then translated on to a piechart using another python script. The proportions of colors on all unique flags are used to finally generate a piechart of proportions of colors for all the flags combined. (note: colors making up less than 1% may not appear)

Originaly Created By Shahee Ilyas 2007 | This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Special thanks to Ayesh. All original flags are from Wikipedia contributors. Some information is obtained from other public domain sources such as The World Factbook database.

Were you looking for some digital flags to include in your project? Check out Creative Market for some awesome downloads.

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Colors of the Flag of the United States

Colors of the Flag of the United States

Memorial Day is observed here in the United States on the last Monday of May. Though actually on the 30th, the holiday was moved to the last Monday for business convenience, as the 30th often falls mid-week.

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It is a holiday of remembrance for those whom have served in the time of war, and is a day marked with many localised events at memorials and public parks as picnics. The American flag is flown at half-staff from daybreak until noon in honour. With the day in mind, I thought we'd take a look at the flag's colours, and what they stand for.

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MEMBERlove :: A Creative Palette Video

MEMBERlove :: A Creative Palette Video

I was poking around the site when I found a nice little video created by a fellow COLOURlovers member, realitybites. She took what must be a large number of palettes and animated them to some music.

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colour therapy by realitybites

Turn off the lights. Sit back and relax. Enjoy 8 minutes of colour therapy while listening to "The Melody Of A Fallen Tree" by Windsor For The Derby, from the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. I hope you enjoy it.

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Mathmos Illuminates Colorlove

Mathmos Illuminates Colorlove

From as early as the 1960s, colour and lights have been brought together in unconventional ways to the home. The defining product of the time was the lava lamp, and they find their ways into homes even today with all sorts of bases and tops to accommodate the tastes of the homes in which they appear. The driving force behind lava lamps, Mathmos, has become a radiant source for colour.

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Quiet Reminders

Today, light and colour come together in all new and exciting ways. It seems like everything with a circuit board has LEDs in it somewhere. An array of colours can tell you if something is charged completely, if it's on or simply has power, and so on. These subtle signals can tell us a number of things. With so much of our daily lives revolving around tiny coloured lights, it makes me all the more glad that Mathmos has taken ambient light to a new level.

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Interview with Franco DeFrancesca

Interview with Franco DeFrancesca

Franco DeFrancesca

Franco DeFrancesca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age: 39
School or Professional Training: Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Guelph

I was lucky enough to be in Toronto and catch Franco's work on display in a gallery a few months back. His work was wonderfully colorful and drew us into the gallery. I thought the medium was equally interesting and I'm excited he took the time to share with us how he creates these beautiful works and where he finds inspiration.

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CL: What is your background?

Born and raised here in Toronto to Southern Italian (Calabrese) immigrant parents, I graduated from the Ontario College of Art (which is now called the Ontario College of Art and Design). After graduating from school and traveling I began a career as a freelance graphic designer, which I had worked at until 2001. With changes in the labor market, affected by the notorious "tech bubble" and a personal desire to shift career possibilities I began working in the renovation industry as a carpenter and general tradesman. After working in the reno industry for a couple of years I returned to school to resume art studies and have been a working artist since 2004.

Reticence by Franco DeFrancesca

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Wallpaper-by-Numbers for Easy, Fun Color

Wallpaper-by-Numbers for Easy, Fun Color

Particularly ideal for kids who just can't stop colouring the wall, or for a new creative outlet designer Jenny Wilkinson stumbled upon an idea in 2003 to create her own wallpaper that you can customise with colour. Though not really filled in with numbers, the paper is uncoloured, and takes seemingly any colouring medium.

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Patterns for Adults and Children

The repeating patterns of the wallpaper Wilikson designs remind me of 1950s wallpaper, and even some from Victorian Era (to an extent). And this is a good thing. From pineapples to hammerhead sharks, the designs are, at once, classy and playful. Wilkinson has particularly thought to create a range for children with fun shapes, rainbows, and magic-inspired creatures. The wallpaper serves as more of a banner than a wall cover, and can be placed at any height.

Where You Can Get Some of Your Own

Any of the patterns available can be viewed on Wilkinson's site, and pricing can be done over the phone (she's in the UK) or by e-mail.

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Colors Out of the Closet

Colors Out of the Closet

Having recently done laundry, I couldn't help but notice the different colours I was pulling out of the dryer. What looking at those colours got me thinking about was something I've heard in conversation a few times: Comfort Colors.

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Socks & Shirts   Here is my palette: (Foregoing the risk of being too embarrassing, I have conveniently left out my colourful fish boxers, although they seem to be the most colourful things I own.)
socks and shirts
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Following Nintendo through the Ages (and Colors)

Following Nintendo through the Ages (and Colors)

Every time I hear "the adults" of my family talk about video games, which is usually after one of my cousins and I mention something, they seem to always loop back to, "Wow, remember pong? We used to play that for hours." And while controllers have seemingly become just more complicated and the games just the same, what's been interesting to watch is the evolution of graphics over gameplay, specifically with Nintendo, the longest running console manufacturer.

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Colored in May 2007 Movie Posters

Colored in May 2007 Movie Posters

With the start of the (usually) exciting summer movie season, records have already been broken. Again. With films like Spiderman 3 and Shrek the Third competing, ticket sales have seen all sorts of exciting new heights.

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What we're going to look at today are the colours used in five posters of movies that are playing now.

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