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Munsell Color is comprised of the original Munsell Color Company that Albert H. Munsell started nearly a century ago. Our specialty is developing and producing physical color standards based on Munsell...
The Munsell Color order system is designed for the way you see and process color. That means you can literally take a color notation and visually imagine how it will look. After all, the developer of...
Every Munsell color that you communicate gives you complete confidence… we guarantee it! When you need to communicate color reliably, the Munsell color matching system quality practices ensure that...
You know the color you want… the Munsell Color System lets your partners and suppliers know too. Where ever you need to establish and communicate color, the Munsell Color System makes it easy. Choose...
As the world’s first cyborg, Neil Harbisson hears color instead of seeing it via a camera attached to an antenna which leads to a chip implanted in his skull. Being born with achromatopsia, he is completely color blind and only sees in grayscale. Living in a world without color was difficult yet it did not stop him from pursuing art education along with music. As a color hearing cyborg, his art mixes up the senses of sight and sound, producing portraits you can hear and colorful artwork based on sound.
Color Theory was a required foundations course in the Visual Communication Design program at BYU, so all the design students took it–the interior designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, and the illustrators. That last group included me. I had grown up in Silicon Valley and never heard of art school, so when I found out you could get a degree by taking drawing and design classes I was thrilled and slightly suspicious, and signed up immediately.
I remember going to the campus bookstore and buying the mysterious and costly “Munsell student kit,’ which was the first assignment we did in class. read more »
The role of color in our contemporary consumerist culture combines all other aspects discussed in earlier posts (gender, culture, language, communication). It’s also brilliantly summed up by Miranda Priestly from “Devil Wears Prada” (2006) (mentioned in the first “Why That Color?” post).
Almost 10 years ago, I was the primary supervisor of a PhD student (now Dr Caradee Wright at the CSIR in Pretoria, South Africa) who was researching skin cancer primary prevention opportunities in primary schools.
Here is part 7 of our series of excerpts from the 1921 book, “A Grammar of Color.” In part 6, we began the chapter “A Practical Description of the Munsell Color System With Suggestions For Its Use”, written by T.M. Cleland, where he explained the concepts of Hue, Value and Chroma. Part 7 is a continuation of this chapter written by Cleland, digging deeper into explaining the scale of Chroma in the color sphere and introducing the term “Color Tree” along with a beautiful illustration of the Color Tree worthy of a picture frame. With each of the three dimensions of color defined, Cleland explans how we now have a complete written color formula which embodies all three dimensions, also known as Munsell color notation. read more »
For cyborg Neil Harbisson, the visual concept of color is absent, but his world is full of color, perceived by sounds mapped to the light frequencies of colors. The antenna on his head has a camera to see colors, and he hears the sounds of these colors via bone induction from the chip embedded in his skull. read more »
Tom Parish Interviews Munsell for His Podcast About Color
Tom Parish has professionally worked with color for years and has been exploring the science and language of color in-depth since discovering the Munsell Color System a number of years ago. Wanting to better understand the Munsell Color System and investigating new ways to think of using color and observing the growing interest and awareness of color, he reached out to Munsell for an interview with Color Services Business Manager, Art Schmehling. read more »
In part 2 of our 6 part series on Neil Harbisson, the world’s first cyborg, we interview him about how the technology that translates color into sound works and how blending the senses of sight and hearing into a whole new experience. read more »