Monday, October 4, 2010

Color! A History

Print Magazine's latest blog post, "The Wonderful Color Wheel: Part 1" is a brief but fascinating look at the history of the color wheel. While I had assumed the Color Wheel was a much more modern invention by elementray school art teachers, it is actually a very old (according to the blog, as early as 1686), fairly scientific study.
What is even more fascinating than the way these scientists chose to organize the color spectrum, is the presentations of their findings. Old school infographics.
All of the "color wheels" on the post are lovely unions of typography, illustration and of course color.
These old color wheels are really fun to look at. While this may seem an oversimplification of the post, these color wheels, in their history, have transcended scientific representations of information and become art. We should all be so lucky to design something that has such a lasting impact.

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