Cracking the Colour Code
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Cracking the Colour Code

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Cracking the Colour CodeAn unprecedented global journey to explore the frontiers of how we view color, make color and use the power of color to communicate meaning. Color is a fundamental part of our world. Landscapes, animals, fashion, painting, movies, food – everything around us resonates with the language of color. All our waking lives – and even in our dreams – we navigate our way through a world of color. Yet, whoever we are, color has the power to stop us in our tracks – and to make us wonder.

Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn? And why does red play so powerful a role in so many cultures? Is color real or is it just a construct of our brains?

Drawing on the latest scientific findings and technology, Cracking the Color Code is a series for people who are seeking answers to many of the questions that relate to color and who, at the same time, wish to enjoy the incredible diversity and sensation that color has to offer in our world. While color is a child of science and physics, it triggers within us a host of emotional, intuitive and intellectual responses – deeply rooted within ourselves and our culture.

The series is both food for the intellect and the senses – delivered as a carefully arranged and orchestrated feast, yet one that is playful and provocative.

Based on three years of extensive research, Cracking the Color Code draws on a range of disciplines and leading experts – including physicists, neurologists, artists, ethnologists, color consultants, historians, artisans and marketing executives – each in some way intimately concerned with the nature and power of color. Each offers insights – even new discoveries – that will challenge our understanding of color.

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23 Comments / User Reviews

  1. drew drewslastname

    thats fine i found it somewhere else

  2. CherryBombpop

    As a lover of Art History and Anthropology, this was a fun and interesting watch, thanks Vlatko!
    It's clear to me that light waves exist, and pigments exist (at least as much as anything else in the universe does), but that our eyes and brains are unique and process these things in a way that is unique to human beings. Even amongst humans, we can perceive colors radically differently depending on culture. I don't mean psychologically either, I mean that some cultures can see more clearly the differences in subtle shades of green than others, for instance. Anyway, yay for Vlatko and yay for color!

  3. StillRV

    Sweet! one of my pet topics. Thanks Vlatko.

  4. Guest

    Since the color spectrum I detect is somewhat "Out of phase", I'll refrain...
    Not color blind, something else.
    In fact, I'm a lot more sensible to tones of greens but poorly to reddish oranges.
    Which brings problems with red lights...

    They choose the wrong color!


    1. His Forever

      Well, Pierre, I'm just plane old "color blind" . . . . but "my color spectrum is just out of phase" sounds much more intelligent, doesn't it? I know what you mean about the stop lights. Green is always on the bottom (I hate those sideways ones unless they have arrows). It's great fun after safely arriving with a car full of passengers and say, "So, was that your frist trip with a profoundly colorblind driver, or what?" ;-) LOL I do see colors, but as my 3 year old already knows, I don't have a clue what YOU guys see.

      Ok, funny true story time: When I took my drivers licese test some 20 something years ago, I passed the colorblind test. I was in a line of 7 people. They all said "23" when the tester flashed the big circle with the dots up--when My turn came, I said, "23?" and he said, "Next!" I decided NOT to point out the obvious flaw in the system that day laughing all the way to get my license. ;-)

    2. Guest


      No! Not at all! "Out of phase" as specialised Dr. said after computorized tests with laser beams.
      I had a job interview just a while before this test.
      It was for the biggy "Akzo Nobel" as a formulator in the paint business. They heard of some "Tricks" I brought in the "Coating's techno...
      Even though I was to be hired for specific trouble shouting issues, the syndicate over there required me to be tested for color tests...
      And they seen that ability to detect colors was sort of "Weird"...
      Anyway, move on to another job...

      In the mean time, that thing was annoying me since it did happened that I had to match colors of non tintable metal paint in a once in while when the quality control assignee was laid off or absent for any reason.
      Isn't it bizarre???
      Got in contact with a University Dr. who was working on human color spectral aberration and took contract, scheduled an appointement.

      Sat on his "Testing Chair" that looked as an airplane seat (Weird one) that had all sort of laser beams some (5-10) feets behind the seat.
      Then, those laser beams shot beams of lights seleted within specific wave lenghts (Blue, Red, Green Yellow, etc)...
      And later on with intermediate wavelenghts.
      Then came the "Lenght of time" to which each color beam was tiggered so analyse the extent to which I can detect it...

      Anyhow, to make it simpler, my level of detection of green (Green/Blue) tones was abnormaly high, some 122 times the average of anyone else.
      In the case of the Reds (More concisely oranges), I was seriously lacking at some 76% of the average. Still, I see a lot of difference between a "Ferrari Red" and a brickwall dirty red.
      Alas, when I pass a red light, I get a ticket.

      The whole, meaning that I see the colors indeed but it appears that it ain't as the averate human beings.
      Which make me unfit to work in a paint company!

      A very subtle thing that would be of great help to orient youngsters in their carreers but not really available as such for the moment.
      There are many things I can in pure & applied chemistry...
      But not in paints & coating! It took me some 12 years to figure it out.

      That was it. I may watch the docu at another moment...


    3. His Forever

      I think I was called a "pastel colorblind" meaning I see the world in pastels so the brighter the color, the more I like it, as normal colors are just muted too much. I would like to take that test and see exactly what I'm able to perceive and what I'm not. I've got nearly perfect night vision however. I was walking with a friend one night and said, "Oh, look at that lovely owl in the tree about 100 yards up that way. She had to be 10 feet away and have it fly away before she could see it." LOL.

  5. Matt Kukowski

    Color is radiation... they call em Photons. This is really just Electro-Magnetic energy that hits our eyes. Our eyes then send the signal influence to the Brain ...and finally the BRAIN interprets the result. The different colors simply represent various vibrations. One color vibrates at a lower or fast rate from one color to the next. The reason most non-color blind people agree that Green is Green is because through evolution the humans that saw and could agree that fruits and animals and skys were the same color to them simply allowed for communication and agreement when pin pointing what one human was trying to say to the other... if we all saw Green as a different image in the mind then we could not form tribes and so on...

    Google 'Feynman Seeing lecture' on for a better explanation.

  6. Justin Lesniewski

    color is real! to propose otherwise is for the quack realm of mystical egocentric solipsistic philosophy

    1. BlackDog Aura

      i suppose 'egocentric solipisitic philosophy' means different things for different people.. .

    2. Mathew Scannell,it's a fact colour is a perception

    3. John Christopher McDonald

      Wavelengths of light are real, yes.