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Color is always doing something. Sometimes color screams out a message, sometimes it casts a subliminal spell. So, what's happening in the world of color today? Yesterday? Tomorrow? What are the facts, what are the myths?
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Fall 2008

Better than Autumn Leaves?
September 1, 2008

Purple Lake

Here’s an environmental delight for the eyes and maybe an itinerary for a colorful vacation:

The 25 Most Colorful Lakes on Earth

It includes photos and information about:
1. Turquoise and Blue Lakes
2. Green and Yellow Lakes
3. Purple and Red Lakes
4. Sunset Lakes


iPod Nano Rocks the Color Wheel
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ipodnano logic

Apple is indisputably the color guru in the world of electronic devices. They are always ahead of the curve in every sense of design. And that is why I pay attention to every nuance of color in their devices and advertising.

With that said, I am dazzled by the rainbow of colors of the new iPod nano. In fact, the image of the lineup of nanos at the Apple store follows the logical progression of colors on a typical color wheel - purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, red-purple (magenta). Wow!
Nano chromatic indeed.

ipodnano jolt

Oh but wait a second … Apple rocks the color wheel in the new TV ads by breaking the expected progression when the orange iPod jumps to a red-purple (hot pink/magenta) which is followed by red.

And that is the point of this blog. I really wonder why there are two versions of the clusters of iPod nanos. Whatever the reason, I vote for the iPods that are out of sync. It’s subtle and it’s a nice jolt for those of us who live under the rules of color theory.

Amazing Color Palette Generators
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Colorful Bowl 

If you've ever wanted to a second set of eyes to help with color schemes, Color Hunter  is a color palette generator that uses photos to create a palette. You can upload an image of your own and get a color palette generated based on the colors in the image. For example, if you have a photograph of a colorful plate, such as the one above – and let’s suppose you want to use the colors for a color scheme for a web page or even your kitchen - upload the photograph and get the color palette, complete with hex codes. You can also enter a search term in the box at the top of the page and much more.

The Color Palette Generator is a simple tool that also lets you use a photo from the web as the inspiration. It's a bit more basic than Color Hunter but that might be just what you need. All you have to do is enter in the photo's URL from any place on the web and the generator will create a color scheme based on the photo. 

Sleep Aid
Friday, October 10, 2008

yellow things


If you’re having trouble sleeping, think in color. Just pick a color, any color. Then start visualizing things in that color. For example, if you choose yellow, start with things you’re familiar with such as yellow flowers, lemons, and rubber duckies. What's inside your refrigeration, your closet, or outside your window? Just let the images float by and don’t think about it too much. Some say it's easier than counting sheep.

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Leaves Gone Wild

Thursday, October 16, 2008


 In spite of how grey the global economic situation may be, the colors of autumn leaves are dazzling the eyes of many people around the world. Aside from the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, these bursts of colors are the most magnificent displays of nature. For those of us who suffer in regions where the seasons don’t change - and for those who delight in this phenomenon regardless of where they live - here are three of my favorite Web Cams of autumn landscapes in the U.S:

Niagara Falls

Washington DC

University of Virgina - (Great time lapse movie of the trees at the Rotunda)


A New Way to Understand a Billion
Thursday, October 23, 2008

autumn leaves

How many leaves change color in New Hampshire? 608 billion!
The U.S. Forest Service says that there are 666 million colorful trees in the state's forest land. Assuming the average tree has 800 leaves, each weighing a tenth of an ounce, that’s 608 billion leaves.

Other ways to define a billion:

A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

700 billion dollars is the cost of the U.S. financial bailout plan. A bit more than the number of color-changing leaves in New Hampsire.

Source - Boston Herald

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