They Might Be Giants Color Study

Making two different colors look alike. I've pushed the colors squares in the middle toward each other when paired right next to each other are totally different. 

Making two different colors look alike. I've pushed the colors squares in the middle toward each other when paired right next to each other are totally different. 

As I've gone back to the Interaction of Color — world famous book by Josef Albers— I've become even more convinced of color's power to stimulate, trick, frustrate and move than ever before. "Such studies provide a broad training in anylitical comparison and usually evoke surprising results, leading the student to an intense study of color" Albers says. (VII) You can't just formulate correct color choices. It's a feeling. Color stimulates on an individual level and is no where close to objective. This is why it's an art. 

When I first started painting in new construction I remember being around different sub-contractors that always had some snarky comment about the color. That always bothered me. To me, the selection of color was a reflection of the home owners and to criticize the color was to criticize the customer. That bothered me so much I made it a rule in my company to never criticize the color. It's disrespectful. But as I've improved as a color consultant and have a better understanding on how to guide and collaborate with clients on the colors they choose, comments I hear daily from my team are "great color", "I want to paint this color in my house" and so on. 

So what's my point? Color is supposed to reflect how you want to feel in a certain space. My job is to take a list of adjectives and distill it down to a single color. I love that job. Color needs little assistance. It is interesting on its own. Take a look at this music video by They Might Be Giants. It's fun, there's a lot of movement and life; and it's all done by these familiar looking color samples.