Illusive Colour: Colour Print beyond CMYK

Colour is a created in our heads and can be generated in many different ways, for example light emission from a display, reflection, refraction and dispersion in water droplets forming a rainbow, absorbing colours in a print or a blow to the head. A well-established method for colour reproduction in commercial print is either spot colour, in packaging or wallpaper production for example, or CMYK print, for magazines or advertising to mention only a few. In this project we explore alternative methods of colour recording and reproduction, testing how memory influences our colour perception and how the brain uses stored information to reconstruct colour. Our research tools span from Maxwell’s old method to record colour on black and white film to the latest structural colour pigments made by Merck.

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