This quote from astronaut Jim Lovell on board Apollo 9 was rather a stark reminder of the reality of space. No colour. We are so used to the colour of life on earth, the words Lovell spoke when first seeing the moon close up highlighted the truth that without light there is no colour and as the moon only reflects about 13 percent of light from the sun it is, in reality not colourful.
…or made of green cheese
Here is a great post on Munsell Color Blog about colour control and the challenges therein within the dyeing and specifically indigo dyeing industries. Denim jeans are notoriously difficult to measure in terms of colour; perhaps the reason so many people love them is because the colour and textures vary so much, but there has to be a degree of control in such a large scale production environment. The most interesting comment in the post is that about the lack of understanding in textiles industries as regards colour. Although many large companies in this huge industry spend a fortune on hardware and software to measure colour, they skimp on training, or are let down by colour instrument manufacturers when it comes to support and training.
People are the most valuable asset of most businesses and it is people who are they key to getting good commercial decisions when colour matching in textiles.
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The 4th October 2013 was the 30th anniversary of Richard Noble’s land speed record with Thrust 2 at a speed of 633.468 mph. Worthy of mention in it’s own right, but for us particularly as our good customer Trimite Global Coatings was a main sponsor and one of the so-called “super seven” sponsors who came to Noble’s aid at the eleventh hour with additional funds to keep the attempt alive.
Image thanks to Bloodhound Project
Although not specifically about colour, this post is a fascinating example of the link between colour science and mathematics.
The four colour theorem uses colour to illustrate a maths topic visually. Interestingly, colour science works the other way around, using mathematical equation to quantify colour. One may argue colour is not an exact science in certain applications, and indeed this is so. However, the maths behind colour science allows one to use a combination of data and visual assessment to reach a reasonable conclusion.
Most important, the four colour theorem makes one think laterally: colour = maths, maths = colour, which is why we love it..