“Nature’s Palette” reproduces the groundbreaking color systems and illustrates them with lush engravings.
The Histories of Ten Colors Through Multiple Lenses
Rather than merely tracing a visual history of determined hues, On Color considers them across multiple disciplines, including film and literature.
An Early 19th-Century Flower Painter’s Guide to Identifying Colors of the Natural World
Published in 1814 by a Scottish flower painter, ‘Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours’ was one of the world’s first systemic taxonomy of colors.
A Collection of 3,000 Pigments Made from Cow Urine, Shells, Insects, and More
The Forbes Pigment Collection contains samples of material that represent all shades of the rainbow — plus brown, white, black, and metallic.
The Enjoyable Conundrum of Color in 20th-Century European Design
Blissfully, there are no overly odious attempts at scientific explanation of color, just a wide gamut of art and craft achievements to experience and appreciate.
From Farty Red to Le Cute White, an Algorithm Generates Absurd Color Names
Earlier this week, research scientist Janelle Shane posted the results of an experiment where a neural network generated some less-than-appealing paint swatch names.
The Regal, Bloody, and Fiery History of the Color Red
Michel Pastoureau’s new book tackles the complicated history of the color red, from regal hue of kings to scandalous shade of harlots.
Egyptian Blue: The First Synthetic Pigment
The first human-made blue pigment emerged in ancient Egypt, then disappeared for centuries until it was rediscovered in Pompeii.
The Art World Called It: Greenery Is Pantone’s Color of the Year
The perennial paint purveyor is championing “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring” as the defining tone of 2017.
Harvard Adds the Blackest Black to Its Historical Pigment Collection
Harvard Art Museums acquired a sample of Vantablack, a material that absorbs almost 100% of light.
The Bird-Based Color System that Eventually Became Pantone
WASHINGTON, DC — An effort to describe the diversity of birds led to one of the first modern color systems.
In Defense of the World’s Ugliest Color, “Opaque Couché”
And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!