Friday, November 9, 2007

The Language of Colour - Or Brits sure spell funny...

The latest MSU Gypsy scholar is world renowned Architect Tom Porter.

The e-mail invitation we go had the following to say "Mr. Porter is the author of 18 books including four books on environmental colour, and the best-selling series Manual of Graphic Techniques. One part of his series, entitled The Colour Eye, was telecast by the BBC in 1991. This television series was comprised of six documentaries exploring the psychology of colour - colour in architecture, interior design, fashion design, package design, and fine art."

So here is what I took away from the lecture:

1) The British apparently don't like being Called Gypsy *anything* they think it's shabby.
2) The man is absolutely stark raving brilliant.
3)We live in a transitional period where pigment is not the cutting-edge zeitgeist, but transformational surfaces/textures whether they be phase-change paints or informational displays are the new hotness.
4) Chromo-phobia in buildings is a relatively new phenomenon Sin = color = bad has only existed since the Inquisition.
5)Even being aware of the effects of color does not make you immune to effects. Case to point: they did a study on the effect of cup color on perceived taste of the coffee. Even the people who were aware that the same coffee was in all the cups showed tendency to report distinctions depending on cup color.


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  2. The Gypsies in Great Britian don't even like to be called gypsies; they get called "Travellers."

    So, transformational surfaces are the new black? What do you think we'll move to, after getting our fill of the phase-change?

    ..Personally, I think an airplane with chameleon colors would be so worth it, even with the cost and weight of additional paint coats. So I can't disagree.

  3. Transformational being the new black... Well modernists tend to build build white/steel/glass. Lately there has been some change to actually include colors in the surfaces (Anodized coatings, colored glass etc.)

    Now instead of that picture surfaces that are reactive to the environment, or changeable/programable. An example is a building in NY that is a dance studio, there are lights that change the color of the building not on the basis of activity in the studio... but how busy the street is. So the build is brighter on a busy Saturday then on a quiet Monday night.

  4. i think that green m&m's are the better flavor!!