Monday, January 18, 2010

Additive Color Mixing with 55,000 Pegs

From Joey Syta comes a unique Lite-Brite rendition of The Lady and the Unicorn entitled My Only Desire.

It's a nice use of additive color mixing and from the description of the piece:

"The pegs span four decades and multiple countries of origin which yield a much wider range of colors than the eight basic shades (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and white)."

A great use of spatial color.

Which then contrasts nicely with an article in today's NYT about color palettes and the designer Hella Jongerius. The article includes the quote by Rolf Fehlbaum:

“Color is the least comprehensible aspect of design”

The article also notes that:

"Another problem, she says, is the influence of color forecasters, who tend to predict future trends (as their clients ask them to) rather than making considered decisions about individual colors, and how they will work together across a company’s products."

Which is to say spatial color is not just about the additive mixing of colors for the reproduction of a tapestry but multiple colors together is relevant for design.


  1. On a whim I once made a bunch of color measurements of a Lite-Brite. If anyone wants to develop a rendering model, let me know.

    - Dave Wyble

  2. This would presumably be a spectral model?

    Sounds great to me ;)

  3. I have spectral radiance taken with a PR650. I just assembled "solid areas" of a dozen or so pegs. And then one open, trying not to hit the light bulb directly. It's not rocket surgery.

    Since you encouraged me by actually responding, I put the data here:

  4. Cool - nifty spectra, thanks for sharing the data (the purple one is something).