A.H. Munsell thought of everything when he developed the Munsell Color Order System, including the top ten reasons why it works so well. So Munsell was not only an artist with latent scientist tendencies, but also a good marketer. Here is what Munsell referred to as his “Applications and Advantages of the Munsell System.”
Top Ten Advantage of the Color Order System from Munsell
- Loose and unrelated color terms are replaced by a definite notation. (like having a street address vs. a PO Box)
- New colors in no way disturb the orderly classification, as a place is already awaiting them. (fits today’s colors and tomorrow’s inspirations… sounds like color Heaven!)
- Each color names itself by its degree of hue, value and chroma. (self-service… now that’s progressive!)
- Color may be easily and rapidly specified by direct perceptual comparison. (works the way your eyes do)
- Each color can be recorded and transmitted by a simple code. (color communication made easy!)
- Color contracts can be drawn and proved by psychophysical tests. (satisfies the legal community)
- Color tolerances can be readily and meaningfully expressed. (let’s you have a back-up plan.)
- Color grading of many agricultural and industrial products can be readily accomplished. (easily used directly in the field!)
- Fading can be defined and plotted at certain intervals, showing its progress in quantitative terms. (like color GPS!)
- Specifications may be re-expressed in terms of the C.I.E. or any related system. (plug n’ play!)
Munsell’s color order system was truly ahead of its time!
Munsell, A.H., ed. 12, 1971, pg. 65. A Color Notation. Baltimore, MD: Munsell Color Company.