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kottke.org posts about color

Choosing Flickr photos by color

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 22, 2008

Idée Multicolr Search Lab is pretty amazing. You select up to ten colors and it returns Flickr photos with those colors. I couldn’t stop playing with this.

Night colors of Van Gogh

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 22, 2008

Color palettes taken from a MoMA exhibition of nighttime paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Review of the show by the NY Times.

Purple and red and yellow and on fire

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 18, 2008

An exploded toner cartridge.

Accidents should always be this beautiful.

(via chrisglass)

The color of bruises

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 05, 2008

COLOURlovers, the site that takes inspiration from colors in the real world to make design palettes, today has a collection of palettes inspired by some wickedly vibrant bruises.

The pretty colors of salt evaporation ponds

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 19, 2008

COLOURlovers draws out some color palettes from salt evaporation ponds from around the world. If you’ve ever flown into San Francisco, you may have seen the salt ponds at the south end of the bay.

Darkest material

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 16, 2008

All blacks are not created equal…a team at Rensselaer and Rice University have created the world’s darkest material. Plain old black paint reflects between 5 and 10 percent of incident light; the new material reflects only 0.045%. (via animamundi)

Related to last month’s post about monochromatic

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 11, 2008

Related to last month’s post about monochromatic outfits, here’s some photos of children who do the same thing, pink for the girls and blue for the boys.

korean artist jeongmee yoon’s ‘pink and blue project’ was inspired by her daughter. she would only wear pink and buy pink toys.

I find it interesting/odd that the children, some of whom aren’t more than five years old, are the ones presumed to be making the color choice here. (via a.whole)

Profiles of 5 New Yorkers that dress in

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 21, 2008

Profiles of 5 New Yorkers that dress in only one color.

Why gray?
I actually wore turquoise for eight years, but last September, I switched to gray. I’d had a bad year and needed to get out of it.

That’s a big switch.
I like everything to be clean, and gray is clean. Gray is between black and white, so it’s a noncolor, almost. I feel messy and unclean if I wear other colors.

Where do you shop?
I make all my own clothes. I can’t wear anyone else’s.

What about shoes?
That’s hard because even the soles of my shoes have to be gray or white. I get annoyed if the soles are black.

Buzzfeed has more on monochromatic outfits.

Simple little web page: What Color is

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 14, 2008

Simple little web page: What Color is the Empire State Building? Includes an explanation of why…today it’s red/pink/white for Valentine’s Day.

Wear Palettes takes the outfits showcased in

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 10, 2007

Wear Palettes takes the outfits showcased in street fashion photos snapped by The Sartorialist and makes color palettes. 1500 different palettes so far.

Functional color

posted by Adam Lisagor   Dec 05, 2007

Color Matters examines four legal battles over color trademark infringement in packaging and branding, each decided by a test of “color functionality.”

The U.S. courts denied Ambrit’s request for protection of blue, on the basis that royal blue when used to package frozen desserts was functional and could not be monopolized in a trademark. The ruling stated “Royal blue is a ‘cool color;’ it is suggestive of coldness and used by a multitude of ice cream and frozen dessert producers.” Although the ruling acknowledged the issue of protecting the consumer from confusion, preventing a monopoly of a functional color was a greater issue.

(via CG Explorer)

Martian colors

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 12, 2007

Synesthesia is:

…a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

For some people, this means that numbers are associated with colors…5 is blue, 2 is red, etc. In a recent experiment, a person with synesthesia was found to experience colors associated with numbers even though they were colorblind…colors that person had never actually seen with his eyes.

That may seem strange, but what it really means is that the subject had problems with his retina that left him able to distinguish only an extremely narrow range of wavelengths when looking at most images in the world — his brain was fine, but his eyes weren’t quite up to the job. But when he saw certain numbers, he experienced colors that he otherwise never saw.

He called the colors “martian colors”. (via the best thing i learned today)

Graph of the movie poster colors of

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 12, 2007

Graph of the movie poster colors of the top-grossing movies, from the brightly colored G-rated movies to the dark and fleshy NC-17 films.

Pie charts representing the flags of the world

posted by Jason Kottke   May 30, 2007

Pie charts representing the flags of the world’s nations…the area of each color on the charts corresponds to the percentage of that color used in the respective flag. I’ll take this opportunity to again maintain that Rem Koolhaas’ barcode flag for the EU is, technically speaking, wicked awesome. (via colourlovers)

Clever technique for pinching the colors from

posted by Jason Kottke   May 04, 2007

Clever technique for pinching the colors from famous paintings using the Match Color tool in Photoshop. “The Old Masters of painting spent years of their lives learning about color. Why let all their effort go to waste on the walls of some museum when it could be used to give you a hand with color correction?”

Colors that have stood for things for

posted by Jason Kottke   May 03, 2007

Colors that have stood for things for a long time, like red for stop, green for money, and white for surrender.

A low wattage color palette for web

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 18, 2007

A low wattage color palette for web designers. The palette is based on the Energy Star wattage ratings for colors. (via migurski)

Matching Pantone chips to everyday objects.

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 22, 2006

Matching Pantone chips to everyday objects.

If you love color palettes and people

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 24, 2005

If you love color palettes and people who love color palettes, you’ll love COLOURlovers. Love love color colour love color love.

Color Code is a “color portrait of

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 18, 2005

Color Code is a “color portrait of the English language”. It’s a treemap visualization created by assigning over 33,000 words its own color (colors are determined by averaging the colors of images found for each word on the web). If it’s running a little slow on your machine, check out the gallery for some neat examples. By Martin Wattenberg, creator of the grandaddy treemap app, Map of the Market.

All of Franz Ferdinand’s albums will not

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 30, 2005

All of Franz Ferdinand’s albums will not have names and will only be differentiated by color. Their second album — the black, red, and green one — will be out in September.