Fascinating! I have a different type of synesthesia with numbers-emotions but have always been kind of silly-jealous of grapheme-color synesthetes because I love both color and language so much.
Most people with synesthesia can’t tell you exactly why they perceive the letter M as purple and not orange, or a high C-sharp as bright yellow and not blue. For one group of synesthetes, though, there appears to be an answer. For their green D’s, red G’s, and so on, they can thank the toy company Fisher-Price. Stanford researchers Nathan Witthoft and Jonathan Winawer discovered, through word of mouth and from synesthetes contacting them online, a group of people who share a “startlingly similar” set of letter-color associations.
The authors say that the case of the Fisher-Price magnets shows synesthetic associations can be learned, rather than plucked from nowhere by the brain. ”The idea that the colors would be learned has been around for a long time,” Witthoft says, “but it has been difficult to turn up any examples.” In this case, a mass-produced toy—combined with the powers of the Internet—helped.
1:55 pm • 9 February 2013 • 406 notes
Paul Richards here made a cool photoshop document that would reveal a complement of your color after using the paint bucket tool on a layer. It also shows various cool and warm tones of that color.
7:29 pm • 10 October 2012 • 7,108 notes
Today I spent all day re-shooting all of the photos for PAPERCUTS’ One-of-a-Kind Recycled Paper Packs! Each pack includes twenty-four 3” x 4” pieces hand cut from vintage and modern book pages, ephemera and illustrations. (Perfect for art journals!)
So excited about how these pictures turned out!
7:36 pm • 16 July 2012 • 18 notes
Some day when I have some actual cash to get my hair did in a salon, this is kinda my dream color. (OK, my non-cyan dream color.) Somewhere in between grey and platinum lies PERFECTION.
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9:16 pm • 14 July 2012 • 309 notes
Adventures with Color written by Seymour Reit, illustrated by J.P. Miller (1963).
10:38 am • 18 June 2012 • 595 notes
..like the circle of fifths you drew in school.” #color #twelve (Taken with instagram)
11:31 am • 6 June 2012 • 1 note
I saw this in Food Network Magazine — they did an incredible job, these colors are lovely.
All these colors were achieved with red, yellow, blue, and green food coloring mixed into white frosting. The amount of drops needed for the color you want is underneath the icing color. So convenient. :)
(Source: kyerabianca, via nnikolatesla)
5:49 pm • 5 May 2012 • 87,279 notes