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The Nature of Design – Historical Revelations

03/31/09 Sara McLean

By the Middle Ages, the West was making great strides in systemizing things and, by the end of the 11th century, we see correlations between the four elements and colors of...

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Color (r)evolution

01/01/09 Jeff Watts

While many take today’s color wheel and classification system for granted, their evolution is not only dynamic, but provides a glimpse into why and how we choose color. Whether...

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Here's to Bolder Reds

01/01/09 Jeff Watts

Part of the fun of working with red is that it is such an intense, attention-getting color. To capitalize on its vibrant appearance, it's best to use a red tint base paint that...

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Reflecting on LRV

01/01/09 Jeff Watts

Have you seen the letters “LRV” followed by a number on paint chips? It stands for Light Reflectance Value and is a measurement of how much light a color reflects and,...

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The Difference Between White and WHITE

01/01/09 Jeff Watts

There’s no such thing as just plain white. In fact, the Eskimos have over 300 words for it. And while we don’t go quite that far, there are many variations in what is commonly...

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Not All Paints are Created Equal

01/01/09 Mark Minamyer

Dunn-Edwards is known for manufacturing high-quality paints but what, exactly, does “high quality” mean? To distinguish superior paint, you have to go back to the basics, as...

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Classifying Color

01/01/09 Scott Ferguson

Before becoming known as the creator of the design industry’s most widely recognized color identification system, Albert H. Munsell was a noted European painter. In fact, his...

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Into the Blue

01/01/09 Sara McLean

“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.” This quote, attributed to French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, perhaps best illustrates the uniqueness of blue as a...

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Getting Passionate About Red

01/01/09 Sara McLean

How do you feel about the color red? Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure — you can’t easily ignore it. Red is the most emotionally intense color and is often used to...