Anish Kapoor banned from using world's pinkest pink in retaliation for hoarding the blackest black

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Anish Kapoor -- last seen in these parts when he apparently insisted that it was illegal for people in Chicago to take pictures in their public park if they captured a sculpture that had been donated to the city -- got a nanotech company called Nanosystems to promise him the exclusive right to paint with their Vantablack pigment, which uses carbon nanotubes to absorb 99.96% of visible light. Read the rest

Photochrome: keyword-generated impressionistic color palettes

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Photochrome is a nifty algorithm that generates a color palette based on a keyword you enter. It compiles all images in their database tagged with your keyword and averages the results into RGB and hex values. Read the rest

Colors in Macro: Gorgeous blobs in a rainbow of hues and colors, shot close

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I can't get enough of this gorgeous macro video of various blobs of glorious color. It's like a neverending lava lamp.

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Watch: movie directors using color to mess with your mind

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"Color Psychology" by Lilly Mtz-Seara (Vimeo)

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-LIST OF FILMS- Maleficent (2014), Robert Stromberg My Girl (1991), Howard Zieff Boyhood (2014), Richard Linklater Marie Antoinette (2006), Sofia Coppola Grease (1978), Randal Kleiser The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Wes Anderson Chicago (2002), Rob Marshall Mean Girls (2004), Mark Waters Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Christopher Landon The Wolf of Wall Street (2011), Martin Scorsese Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), David Yates Jennifer’s body (2009), Karyn Kusama Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), David Yates Moulin Rouge! (2001), Baz Luhrmann Belly (1998), Hype Williams Spring breakers (2012), Harmony Korine Legally Blonde (2001), Robert Luketic Whiplash (2014), Damien Chazelle Big Eyes (2014), Tim Burton Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), George Miller Only God forgives (2013), Nicolas Winding Refn Hard Candy (2005), David Slade The shining (1980), Stanley Kubrick The Aviator (2004), Martin Scorsese 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick Alice in Wonderland (2010), Tim Burton Fifty shades of Grey (2014), Sam Taylor-Johnson Inglourious Basterds (2009), Quentin Tarantino/Eli Roth American Beauty (1999), Sam Mendes Upstream color (2013), Shane Carruth Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Matt Reeves The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Wes Anderson The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Wes Anderson Born to be wild (2011), David Lickley Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Wes Anderson Skyfall (2012), Sam Mendes Apocalypse Now (1979), Francis Ford Coppola The Martian (2015), Ridley Scott Pan (2015), Joe Wright The Virgin Suicides (1999), Sofia Coppola Ruby Sparks (2012), Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Alejandro G. Read the rest

How filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color

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Specific color palettes are used by filmmakers to manipulate our emotions, from warm red tones for romances to blue, cold tones for horror flicks. The Dust Bowl-toned "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) was the first film to be digitally color graded from beginning to end.

If you're curious about the psychology of color, check out classics like Johannes Itten's "The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color" and the books of Faber Birren.

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Color-matching game tests your eyesight

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Method of Action's game, Color, tests your ability to nail hue, saturation, complementaries, and so forth. Unlike similar online exams, it's well-designed and fun! [via Flowing Data] Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Specimen, A Game About Color

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It's a fact that the sky is blue. But is my blue the same as yours? This fantastic app gamifies the quest to find out more about the differences in how humans perceive color, and it's surprisingly challenging and hooky.

Why magenta doesn't appear in the rainbow

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Steve Mould's colored flashlights (sometimes called "coloured torches" in distant lands) are useful props in this excellent 5-minute lecture on color mixing. I learned that magenta is not a color. Rather, it is the absence of green.

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Screen made of colored thread

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With dimensions of 80x80 pixels, the F21 Thread Screen won't be challenging 4K on the resolution front. But it looks beautiful, writes Tim Moynihan, scraping Instagram feeds, downsizing images, and rendering them in spinning spools of color.
…it uses 6,400 spools, nearly seven miles of fabric, and thousands of motors and gears. Each “pixel” is actually a 5.5-foot strip of threaded material, each of which can display 36 colors depending on what part of each multicolored strip is showing on the front of the machine.

It was made by design agency Breakfast for retailer Forever 21. Here's some videos that goes into its creation and show how it does its thing. Read the rest

Director Wes Anderson's color schemes

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@presentcorrect created Wes Anderson Palettes, a Tumblog of gentle twee wonder. [via Kottke] Read the rest

How refined is your color perception?

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This unscientific but fun timed eye test asks viewers to guess which square is a slightly different shade than the others. Prepare for a minute or so of eye-melting challenge! Read the rest

Watch hours of intricate kaleidoscopic color in HD

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If you're looking for something to have on screen while relaxing with friends or by yourself, these hypnotic kaleidoscopes by HDCOLORS are sure to make your day a little more chill. Read the rest

WATCH: Film colorist's craft in before and after

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No Film School cites this excellent example of a film colorist's craft. Digital films often shoot in RAW format, giving more flexibility in post for dramatic color shifts. Read the rest

Color palette generator for designers in a hurry

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Coolors is "the super fast color scheme generator for cool designers." Just hit the space bar to see a new palette, and get inspired. Read the rest

History of "Color Dictionaries"

In 1831, Charles Darwin carried a book called the Nomenclature of Colours aboard the HMS Beagle. Scientists used this book and other "color dictionaries," predecessors to today's Pantone swatch books, as a common reference when describing the appearance of whatever they were studying. From Smithsonian:
Color dictionaries were designed to give people around the world a common vocabulary to describe the colors of everything from rocks and flowers to stars, birds, and postage stamps. They afforded scientists and naturalists a means of descriptive biological precision that could be easily shared—so naturalists in Kalamazoo and Germany could communicate effectively about a family of birds found in both places in related (but different) forms. They typically consisted of a set of color swatches, each assigned a name (usually rendered in several languages, to facilitate international use), an identifying number, and an often-lyrical description of the color (“the color of the blood of a freshly killed rabbit,” or “mummy brown.”)

...The French Society of Chrysanthemists, for instance, created a two-volume set of swatches and names in 1905 for their own botanical uses. Holly Green was described as “the ordinary color of the foliage of the common holly, viewed from 1 to 2 meters away, and without considering reflections.” And despite the fact that the work was meant for international consumption, its soul remained French. “Sky Blue,” for example, was described as “The color reminiscent of pure sky, in summer (in the climate of Paris).”

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What Is Color? Join the World Science Festival for a Sunday chat

Different humans perceive the same color differently. Other animals can see colors humans can't. Watch as a panel of scientists at The World Science Festival discusses the science of the brain and color and join in a live chat with Maggie Koerth-Baker

The color of the Sun

A beautiful, informative, and surprising video from NASA. [link] Read the rest

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