Outside The Lines

Fun readings about Color, Art and Segmation!

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November 24, 2014

Properly Defining Color: Webster’s Dictionary and the Science of Color

Color is one of the hardest things to properly define. How does Webster’s Dictionary do it? Science is an amazing field but when it comes to describing the beauty of color, it seems simplicity is all we need. Today, Webster’s defines the color blue as ‘the color of the sky.” Read about how this definition came to be.


October 29, 2014

The Evolution of Crayola Crayon Colors

Today, there are over 120 Crayola crayon colors. A far cry from the 8 colors Binney & Smith first presented in 1903. Color seems to be one of life’s constants. Crayola might agree; their colorful crayons don’t change, they multiply. Crayola might have 330 shades by 2050. Therefore, it is safe to say “…Crayola’s gonna need a bigger box.


August 14, 2014

Hues, Tints, Tones and Shades – What’s the Difference?

At first glance, the color wheel is a tool that guides us in using primary, secondary and complementary colors. But it also does much more than this. It describes analogous colors (any three colors that sit side by side), split complementary colors (which considers the two colors adjacent to a complimentary hue), and tetradic colors (a group of four colors, made up of two complimentary colors).


June 17, 2014

A Color Manual Ahead of its Time

Before technology made color automatic, creating the perfect hue required a rather systematic approach.

Prior to the days of RGB values and hexadecimal strings, humans used creative means to create color options. Depending on the medium, artists might have mixed paints and in some cases, added water to achieve lighter tones.


December 21, 2012

What Color Should You Paint Your Home?

The color a person chooses to paint their home reveals a lot about them. For example, a cream colored house may represent a more traditional family. On the other hand, a house that is painted a bright lime green would indicate owners who are more radical. What color is your home? Is it time to make a color change?


June 1, 2012

Perspectives on Color

We often talk about linear perspective — the way the shape and appearance of an object changes with distance — but the phenomenon known as color perspective is equally important....