The Colour of Now

Ultra Violent Violet Every year the Pantone people pick their ‘colour of the year’. The colour chosen is supposed to be representative of the times we’re in but it often seems a little wide of the mark to me and more of a marketing gimmick than a useful barometer. I...

Why We Can’t See Light

    Despite the oxymoron, we humans can’t really see light. We can only see objects that are illuminated by light, not the light itself. The light-sensitive components of our eyes – the so-called ‘rods and cones’ that respond by to radiation in the ‘visible’ part of...

Mind, Body and Colour

Does colour really affect our mind and body? A professor of colour science explains Bathing in pure colour can have effects on the body and mind. Author provided Stephen Westland, University of Leeds Red makes the heart beat faster. You will frequently find this and...

Blue Moon – The true colour of planets

From Neptune’s blue hue to Jupiter’s red spot: are the colours of the planets real? Jupiter and its moon Io really do look like they do in this latest image by NASA’s Juno probe. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS David Rothery, The Open University These days,...

Feeling Colour

We can use colour to communicate how we feel – here’s how Bokeh Art Photo/Shutterstock.com Nuala Morse, University of Leicester and Jo Volley, UCL When people are sad they are often said to be “blue”. Jealousy is implied if someone is described as being “green...

Colour Culture

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak Pexels, CC BY-ND Aina Casaponsa, Lancaster University and Panos Athanasopoulos, Lancaster University The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the...