The quest for blue pigments—whose complex chemistry makes them rare in nature and difficult to synthesize—dates back millennia. Most were discovered by accident or are merely synthetic versions of blues already found in nature. In 2009, a chemist stumbled on the first new inorganic blue pigment in 200 years. Today, other researchers are continuing that quest by methodically using physics, chemistry, and genetics to create new blues to dazzle us with.
A small piece of ringwoodite produced in David Dobson’s lab. Dobson hopes to produce a new blue pigment that has a similar structure but is more stable. DAVID DOBSON
Four years ago someone someone posted an overexposed photograph of a black and blue striped dress on Tumblr. It quickly became apparent that about half of us perceive the dress, not as black and blue, but white and gold. Even before any studies had been published, psychologists and vision experts were quick to explain that the #thedress illusion is related to a process called “colour constancy” whereby your brain takes environmental lighting effects (which are ambiguous in #thedress photo), and your own past experiences, into account when interpreting the precise wavelengths it believes are being reflected off a surface.
This study suggests that a color judgment can be a decision process that includes both individual perceptual experiences and beliefs about colors. Even if these two phenomena are related they sometimes differ. We found that individual differences in optimism and previous experience were related to answerability judgments about the “correct answer” to the colors of The Dress.
The two sisters Lisbet and Gocken Jobs created ceramics and textiles that made Swedish homes blossom during the post-war period. Wild flower bouquets covers ceramic dishes and tiles while lingon- and blueberries are arranged into decorative patterns applied onto hand printed textiles. Folk culture with midsummer celebrations, people cheering and musicians playing are also found among the Jobs sisters’ motives.
Linus Fridén from Konstfack Interior Design took the victory in Prisad Färg with his proposal BLÅ [blo:] that takes the viewer on a journey in the blue world.
The competition contribution conveys solid knowledge, creates strong experience and participation. It ranges from a pedagogical account to a poetic presentation, says the jury.
Prisad Färg is a competition in color designe for students and recently graduates in design, architecture, visual communication and art. The awards ceremony was held in connection with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Greenhouse on February 5, 2019.
2:nd prize Linnea Andersson HDK, Göteborg with her proposal I DO
Jury’s justification: The blue color inspires unexpected opportunities. It breaks new roads. The leaves are not green they are intensely blue and create patterns that overflow and do not settle on a given surface. The color gives energy. The result is unrestrained, boundless and demandlessly positive.
3rd prize Michelle Lundin, Linnea Englund, Maria Elander, Matilda Olsson, Lisa Johansson, Architecture, Chalmers with their proposal Sky, Sea, Rain
Jury Justification: We are fooled into thinking that we see everything the same. This contribution shows what diversity our experiences and associations represent. 100 people in Gothenburg with similar background experienced heaven, sea and rain in a blue scale in infinitely many ways. This survey shows that we see the same things but experience it differently. This shows the wide color palette we see.