Wednesday, 4 August, 2010
Pink is the new black in terms of car theft prevention systems it seems, with one study showing that car thieves tend to give cars painted pink a very wide berth:
From 2004-2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black. This may be because black vehicles look more luxurious. Following close behind black were gray/silver automobiles. Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen. A bright and uncommon color, like pink, may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system.
car theft, cars, colour, pink, psychology, security systems
Tuesday, 6 April, 2010
Todd Falkowsky has created a pantone colour based visual identity scheme for the cities he has visited in Canada.
Using computers to figure out the predominant colours from landmarks and landscapes from each Canadian capital city, he then built individual palettes to create a kind of chromatic identity for each city.
colour, design, Pantone, pantone colours, visual identity
Monday, 8 February, 2010
The appearance of outer most (dwarf) planet Pluto has changed significantly in the last two years, after remaining relatively unaltered for the previous 50.
The new images, taken in 2002 and 2003, confirm that Pluto’s surface is actively changing. For reasons that are still mysterious, Pluto’s appearance remained constant for some 50 years of observations before its surface colour became 20 to 30 per cent redder over two years at the beginning of the decade. Over the same period, Pluto’s northern hemisphere also brightened, while its southern hemisphere darkened. This appears to be due to ice vaporising in the sunlit north and refreezing in the wintry south, NASA says.
An explanation may lie in Pluto’s long yet erratic seasons, which can last up to 120 years, with the transformation from winter to summer (such that it is, given temperatures hover at around -200° celsius) causing nitrogen ice to melt and freeze in different hemispheres, thus causing changes in surface colours.
colour, nitrogen ice, Pluto, seasons, solar system
Wednesday, 27 January, 2010
The colours seen in many Hubble Space Telescope photos are not necessarily an actual representation of the hues of the image subject, rather colour ranges are added later to separate, or emphasize, different aspects of say a star cluster or nebula.
Taking color pictures with the Hubble Space Telescope is much more complex than taking color pictures with a traditional camera. For one thing, Hubble doesn’t use color film – in fact, it doesn’t use film at all. Rather, its cameras record light from the universe with special electronic detectors. These detectors produce images of the cosmos not in color, but in shades of black and white.
astronomy, colour, Hubble, space photography
Monday, 27 July, 2009
Random Got Beautiful: random photos sorted by colour.
Slightly similar to the Multicolr tool which searches Flickr photos also by colour.
colour, colour ranges, design
Monday, 29 June, 2009
A new way to search and browse photos on Flickr: by colour ranges.
colour, colour range, Flickr, hues, photos, search
Tuesday, 23 December, 2008
Mimosa, a shade of yellow, has been chosen as 2009’s colour of the year. A colour for the times…
“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”
2009, colour, design, mimosa, Pantone
Sunday, 21 May, 2006
I’m loving the soft hues my new flame red desk lamp imbues my apartment with.
Not always conducive to productivity though, but I won’t let that bother me too much.
colour, lamps, lighting