Colours, wishlisted topic


Colours! What a great and beautiful topic to discuss about. I am feeling really joyful to announce that for next few days we will be talking about such a wonderful topic.

We all know the importance of colours. Colours play a very significant role in our day to day life. Colour is the basic and most primary form of our knowledge of the world that surrounds us. Because of the colours we percept or interpret our environment. Colours are the very alphabets of one of our most prominent senses, the vision. Sight is the most vital sensory system among the five. And with colours we ‘see’, we communicate, we interact, we learn and we do all our activities.

The topic ‘Colour‘ has got both, the scientific side as well as the creative. Of course we are more interested in the creative side, where we actually apply the principles or theories and not define them. But it’s a good idea to know the theoretical or the scientific side also. So through this series of discussions, we will begin with the question that how do we actually ‘see’ and then we will talk about the colour spectrum, electromagnetism, radiation, visible colour range, up to colour mixing methods, colour pallet and colour schemes for applying the principles. The topic actually raised during one of the weekly internal training sessions at ‘Advaita Design Studio’, when I was asked to explain the colour theory. So I gathered all of my old school materials and referred some books, and here is a collective form of it. I am going to split the material into short but interesting parts and be able post one by one per week, hopefully 🙂

So lets start with the scientific or theoretical side of the discussion. What are the colours by the way? And how do we ‘see’ them? What is exactly seeing? Why the red is ‘Red’? And why green ‘Green’?

To understand the theory of colours we must first understand that, after all we are talking about such a thing, which is very limited to our own senses. Our entire world that we believe to ‘be’, is just our own perceptional understanding from our own senses. And here comes my most favourite – ‘The Law of relativity’. It is very much relative to us and so the entire theory of colour, light or rather vision is very relative to ‘our own’ sensory system. This means, that our colours are relative to our eyes. A cat’s red might be different then the red as ‘we’ see. Or a fish might be able to recognise a completely different colour that we might not even see. And what to talk about ‘those people’ from planets … far… far… away? So we are now given with the situation of ‘our’ relativity. And it makes sense. This makes the colour theory so narrow and small that, we now have to study only ‘our’ relative colour theory, related to ‘our’ eyes and ‘our’ world, Blah…blah…blah…

OK! lets come to the point. Question is – what are the colours?

Any Colour such as red, green or blue, is a corresponding category of visual perceptual property in us. Sounds hard, right? OK slowly… It means that, we have a property to ‘visually categorise’ what we see. We even have a property to recognise each category differently. Now these categories are what we call colours. What we see is classified in several ways and one of the way is classification by colours. e.g. we can recognise red as a colour, or blue or green. When the light rays coming from certain object hits our ‘eye’, we can distinguish the different perceptions and puts them into such colour categories. And like so we name the categories as red, green or blue etc. and the combinations of them.

The next question then arises is, “how do we actually see ?”

………… ok its 12:57am of 16th Nov 2012 and …. ;-|

I think we have much for today. We will see this in the next post. Don’t forget to check-out the next post. Please give me your comments and feedback. See you soon in bright colours!

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6 thoughts on “Colours, wishlisted topic

  1. Good Topic 🙂

    Now, regarding How we actually see these colors?……Have you seen ISRO or NCERT lectures on DD? they have shown it in very simple manner. Please get it and watch it. you will have fun. They have explained RGB as well as CMYK.

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