Category Archives: Edgard Ramirez

Color Contrasts, Optical Illusions

Perception of a color is seen by its context, either the environment surrounding the color or its proximity to another color. The context can influence a concept by making it stand out. When used wisely, a complementary contrast of a warm and cool color can be a successive layout pleasing to the audience’s eye.

I find it interesting that as light affects color, its constancy will let us recognize it. Color has a relativity illustrated in effects of transparency, optical illusion of depth and proportional variances.

A designer interacts color to communicate a distinct or simple message.

Color Wheel Reading

In theories of light and color,  many brilliant scientists researched color on how it works. One, named Isacc Newton, created a circular chart, called the color wheel made up of colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It was a tool used for arranging, selecting and understanding color. Knowledge of  the spectrum using the color wheel enables complementary relationships.

The color wheel provide the basics for visibly seeing and understanding color, and it simplifies how color interacts in gradient with one another. I find it interesting that it took one of the wisest scientists to prove and make the color wheel.

Color properties & harmony

In theory, “there really is no such thing as color, just light waves of different wavelengths.” When we actually see a rainbow, we see the visible spectrum, we see what is supposedly invisible: rays of light reflected in wavelengths. The visible spectrum are colors ranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (blue-violet) and violet.
All of color comes from light, because in the absence of light there is no color. The stronger the light the more (and intensity) of the color, the lesser the light, the lesser the eye can perceive the color.
For our eyes to perceive these colors in harmony, the light incoming to our eyes is reduced into three types of color receptor cells: red, green and blue.
Through a process of objective color notation, a distinguished hue, saturation and brightness- we can precisely determine color.
To summarize, color in harmony describes communication.