Color Impact 2023 was a great success. These pages are left here for archival purposes.
We hope to see you at a future ISCC meeting!
June 11-15, 2023
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
Keynote Speaker - Kory Stamper
Kory Stamper, author and lexicographer
Black, White, and Read All Over: The ISCC, Webster's Third New International Dictionary, and the Quest to Define the Rainbow
There has always been a communication gap between the color specialist and the public. Is the ball red, the color specialist asks, or does it just appear to be red? Is color a sensation? How many basic color categories are there? What effects do different colors have on the psyche, the emotions, a person’s very being? And the public blinks and asks, instead, whether “teal” is blue or green. For most of the 20th century, color specialists of all stripes have struggled to find a good way to educate the general public on developments in the field. In the 1930s, they stumbled on a surefire way to do just that: use dictionaries. But the attempt to codify color for the public ran into a significant snag. Kory Stamper shares some of her research on the intersection between 20th-century American dictionaries and the ISCC Color Standards, and the changing ways that the public’s perception of dictionaries helped (or hindered) the color cause.
The Inter-Society Color Council advances the knowledge of color as it relates to art, science, industry and design.
Each of these fields enriches the others, furthering the general objective of color education.