How English describes color vs how Chinese describes color

Here's a fascinating visualization created by Muyueh Lee that shows the differences between how the English language and Chinese language each describe colors. On the left, you can see the number of English names for color hues (there's a lot!) and on the right, the number of Chinese names (there's a little!). » 11/24/14 10:00pm 11/24/14 10:00pm

Beautiful video shows how Pixar uses a rainbow of colors in their movies

This is great. Rishi Kaneria made a quick supercut that stitches together scenes from Pixar movies according their particular color. Following the Roy G. Biv color spectrum, you'll see how Pixar chooses to use colors to make their animations. And it'll make you want to watch all the Pixar movies again. » 9/05/14 8:28pm 9/05/14 8:28pm

This colorful image disappears completely if you keep staring at it

It's always fun to play a trick on your eyes. They're so easily fooled! Take this illusion, for example. It's an old favorite. If you stare at the image long enough, the colors in the picture start fading away and eventually disappear. The colorful blobs shrink like evaporating water puddles » 6/09/14 8:46pm 6/09/14 8:46pm

LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is… » 4/19/14 6:00pm 4/19/14 6:00pm

Hypnotizing video somehow reorganizes the cars on the road by color

There is no CG in this video and yet it messes with reality so much that it sure seems like it's complete make believe. Instead, Cy Kuckenbaker simply removed and reorganized cars of the same color to make it seem as if they were driving together in a group. It's a hypnotizing effect to see cars of the same color… » 12/16/13 9:02pm 12/16/13 9:02pm

What kind of sorcery illusion lets these two blocks be the same color?

One is dark, one is light. One is gray, one is white. These are obviously two different blocks with two different colors right? Wrong. The two blocks are the same color. Seriously, they're the same shade of gray. Just place your finger across the seam (where the blocks meet in the middle) to reveal the illusion. Just… » 12/07/13 12:11am 12/07/13 12:11am

What happens when you swap the colors of famous logos?

Graphic designer Paula Rupolo came up with the clever idea to see just how far famous brands and logos have penetrated our brains: she swapped the colors of brands with their closest competitor. The results are so weird: coke is blue, Pepsi is red, Google is purple and Yahoo is colorful. It's like living in some… » 11/07/13 10:22pm 11/07/13 10:22pm

This Hilarious Secret Behind Jony Ive's Inspiration for iOS 7

iOS 7 is just so colorful! It's so light! It's so fun! But not only that, the colors all blend together in a beautiful watercolor effect. It's like a pastel psychedelic trip. It's like seeing the palette of an artist obsessed with Easter. I wonder where Jony Ive got the idea for that color scheme. I wonder what his… » 8/07/13 8:39pm 8/07/13 8:39pm

A Plastic iPhone Called The 5C May Really Be On Its Way

This image from Chinese blog WeiPhone looks like a bunch of Apple packaging in a bin. But folks it's so much more! Oh, no, actually that's exactly what it is. No one has been able to legitimize the photo yet, and it could just show some knockoff packaging, but the nomenclature makes sense at least. If the aluminum… » 7/28/13 4:38pm 7/28/13 4:38pm

You Can Make Beautiful Abstract Art With The Google Maps API

Google Maps offers a lot of tools for developers (or anyone!) to work with, visualize and customize the existing service. And a lot of cool maps, infographics and tools come out of the APIs. But sometimes it's nice to take something like the topographical data and move it in a totally different direction. Like maybe … » 7/28/13 12:11pm 7/28/13 12:11pm