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Upcoming events

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    • virtual

    The Colour Literacy Forum is an international, collaborative effort to align university-level colour education with current design needs in the culture. The goal of the Forum is to connect faculty, students, and administrators with interdisciplinary professionals to provide cutting-edge research, curricula, tools, and resources.

    The Colour Literacy Forum is a virtual gathering featuring presentations and discussions related to updating and expanding colour education in art and design programs at the university level. The forum convenes for three events per year to share information and offer dynamic networking opportunities for participants.

    Register using the button at left. For complete details visit, Colour Literacy Project.


    Our visual system detects variations in the intensity and overall balance of spectral composition of the light reaching our eyes, but also does much more, seemingly instantly arriving at unconscious estimates of the overall spectral reflectances of objects, and of the intensity and overall balance of spectral composition of the light illuminating those objects. We perceive these unconscious estimates of spectral properties as colours. Colours of light can be  escribed in terms of the attributes of hue, brightness and either saturation or colourfulness, while colours of objects can be described in terms of the more familiar attributes of hue, lightness and chroma, among others. Using an orange cube on a tiled floor as an illustration, this presentation will describe and contrast these six colour attributes and show how they apply to our superimposed colour perceptions (1) of objects, (2) of the light illuminating objects, and (3) of the light reaching our eyes from objects.

    Dr. David J. C. Briggs is Vice President of the Colour Society of Australia, Co-chair of the AIC Study Group on Art and Design, and a member of the Project Team of the AIC/ISCC Colour Literacy Project. His published work includes the websites The Dimensions of Colour and Colour Online, a chapter on Colour Spaces in the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy

    of Colour, The Elements of Colour - a two-part paper in Volume 33, a Special Issue on Contributions by the Colour Literacy Project Team in the Journal of the International Colour Association, and numerous conference presentations and webinars. David has taught numerous classes for art and design undergraduates and for the general public, including Understanding and Applying Colour, an eight-week online lecture course available through the National Art School in Sydney.


    Lighting can influence the appearance of colours, that is, their hue, saturation, and brightness. For perfectly matte, smooth, opaque, flat materials, the reflected light is determined by the spectra of the light and the reflectance of the material. But we do not see spectra, we see colours, which, in isolation,can be related to the relative power of the different broadband parts of the spectra. Since this relative power can be the same for different combinations of light and materials, it is possible that materials with different spectral reflectances can look the same under a certain light spectrum. But, if those materials are then put under another light spectrum, they can look different. This phenomenon is called metamerism. Such interactions, influencing colour appearance, can happen at different scales –– from the microscale on material surfaces to the mesoscale of objects, up to the macroscale of buildings, and even the planetary scale of sun and sky. In this presentation, these phenomena will be illustrated visually and explained with DIY exercises.

    Sylvia Pont is an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor Perceptual Intelligence at Delft University of Technology. In Delft she coordinates the Perceptual Intelligence lab (π-lab), a centre of expertise on perception and design of multisensory experiences and smart products, services, and systems, and unique for its cross-disciplinary approach to real- world perception problems. Her research includes studies into design, perception and optics of light and its interactions with materials, shapes and spaces. She coordinates a Master’s elective course Lighting Design and teaches in several other courses in human centered design, human factors, and multisensory design.


    Current architectural education largely focuses on the tectonic, in relation to building and construction, and on the formal aspects of the visual tectonic. But little attention has been devoted to the visual tectonics of colour. Current research estimates that approximately 80% of our perception, cognition, and activities are mediated through vision –– with form and colour a key feature –– it could be argued that we should put more emphasis on the visual qualities of colour in architecture. The Faculty of Architecture and Design at NTNU has been developing a structure for colour teaching that is integrated in the overall curriculum. In this model, colour is emphasized as a material quality that engages in and contributes to the formal, structural, and aesthetic discourse in architectural and urban practice. With examples from teaching and research, this presentation will focus on the interaction of light and colour in spatial contexts, and more specifically the importance of facade texture in various daylight and give examples of urban colour composition that demonstrate how we perceive the visual gestalt of urban spaces.

    Kine Angelo is an Associate Professor with more than twenty years of practice as Interior Architect, specializing in colour in architecture. She joined the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2010 where she is currently a full-time lecturer and researcher at Department for Architecture and Technology. Her teaching and research activities are devoted to light and colour in the architectural realm. Building on previous and ongoing design practice of architectural projects, her overall aim is to promote colour and material gestalt in architecture and urban space through research, architectural education, and public outreach.

    • 15 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • virtual
    • 25

    Colorful Connections is an opportunity to gather informally with other members of ISCC for a little socializing, networking and learning from each other. Discussions are wide-ranging and depend on attendees, their current interests and past experience. Consider this the online version of coffee breaks and happy hours at a color conference. BYO coffee or beverage and join in the conversation! 

    Note that this is Members Only event. Not a member, no problem - Join here!

Past events

10 May 2024 Fluorescent Fridays: Local Colour Chart of Valdivia, Southern Chile — Color, Harmony & Contrast
26 Apr 2024 Fluorescent Fridays: Exploring Color’s Role in Visual Storytelling Experiences
23 Apr 2024 ISCC Webinar with Kai Kupferschmidt: Blue - Science of Nature's Rarest Color
11 Apr 2024 April Colorful Connections
22 Mar 2024 Colour Literacy Forum: Colour in Context
19 Mar 2024 March Colorful Connections
12 Feb 2024 February Colorful Connections
23 Jan 2024 ISCC Webinar with Elisabeth Berry Drago
12 Jan 2024 January 2024 Colorful Connections
07 Nov 2023 ISCC Webinar with Judith van Vliet
27 Oct 2023 Fluorescent Fridays: Lighting the Way: 21st Century Tools for Digital Color Design
29 Sep 2023 Colour Literacy Forum #6: Evolution of Colour Vision
15 Jun 2023 Colour Literacy Forum. Color & the Perceiver
14 Jun 2023 Danny C Rich Tribute and Memorial Lecture
12 Jun 2023 Color Impact 2023: Color and Human Experience
16 May 2023 Colorful Connections: The Afternoon Edition
21 Apr 2023 Fluorescent Fridays: Spotlight on RIT Munsell Color Science Lab
18 Apr 2023 Colorful Connections: The Morning Edition
12 Apr 2023 ISCC Webinar with Nuria Estape
31 Mar 2023 Colour Literacy Forum #4 -- Colour & Materials: Past, Present & Future
21 Mar 2023 Colorful Connections: Discussion on Color Impact 2023
09 Mar 2023 ISCC Webinar with Roland Fleming
24 Feb 2023 Fluorescent Fridays: Feb 24, 2023
09 Dec 2022 Colour Literacy Forum #3
28 Oct 2022 Fluorescent Fridays
24 Oct 2022 ISCC Annual Meeting and Godlove Lecture by Mark D. Fairchild
30 Sep 2022 Colour Literacy Forum #2
24 May 2022 Webinar - Timo Kunkel
29 Apr 2022 Fluorescent Fridays: April 29, 3PM EST
26 Apr 2022 Webinar - Mike Royer
22 Apr 2022 State of the Art of Color Teaching in Design Education
01 Mar 2022 Webinar - Nick Harkness and Paula Alessi
25 Feb 2022 Fluorescent Fridays: Color Quality Control: An Interdisciplinary Experience
02 Nov 2021 Webinar - Stephen Westland
29 Oct 2021 Fluorescent Fridays - Color in Context for Architects & Designers
20 Sep 2021 Annual Meeting, including Keynote by Bevil Conway
26 Jun 2021 2nd Annual ISCC Symposium on Color Education
25 Jun 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #4
12 Jun 2021 Color Impact 2021 - For the Built Environment
12 May 2021 Webinar - Kine Angelo
23 Apr 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #3
23 Mar 2021 Webinar - Andy Towns
26 Feb 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #2
20 Feb 2021 "Where's the COLOR?" Visual Identity Project (VIP) Student Competition Pre-Registration
28 Jan 2021 Webinar - John Barbur
13 Nov 2020 Fluorescent Fridays #1
06 Jun 2020 Color Impact 2020 Virtual Symposium: A New Vision for Color Education
05 May 2020 Sally Augustin presents "The Science of Designing with Color: Making the Right Choices"
14 Apr 2020 Shelli Sedlak presents "Light & Color with LED"
17 Mar 2020 Ellen Divers presents "The 'Blind Spot' in Architectural Color"
25 Feb 2020 Ruthanne M. Hanlon presents "Color and Culture"
28 Jan 2020 Ken Butts presents "ULTRA-PORTABLE COLOR MEASUREMENT – A Spectro in Your Pocket?"
19 Nov 2019 Webinar - Roland Connelly presents "Comparison of LED Lighting Adopted by Retailers to Typical LED Spectra Adopted by the CIE"
22 Oct 2019 Tony Stanton presents: Color Management in the Graphic Arts
21 Oct 2019 IS&T's 27th Color and Imaging Conference
24 Sep 2019 Ann Laidlaw & Jodi Baker present "Introduction to CIELAB"
20 Aug 2019 AATCC Color Management Workshop
09 Jul 2019 Webinar - Fritz Horstman presents "Interacting with Color: the Art and Teaching of Josef Albers"
21 Mar 2019 Webinar - Michael Webster
19 Mar 2019 ISCC Long-term Planning Meeting
17 Mar 2019 TAGA Annual Technical Conference Joint with ISCC
16 Mar 2019 Workshop: Josef Albers's Color Experiments
19 Feb 2019 Webinar - Kristen Dettoni presents "Print on Demand - Exploring the Market Opportunities"
09 Jan 2019 January Webinar: Jean Hoskin
16 Oct 2018 Webinar: Andrew Stockman
15 Aug 2018 AATCC Color Management Workshop
10 Jun 2018 Munsell Centennial Color Symposium
30 May 2018 Webinar: Lori Sawaya, Psychological Color Temperature and Color Harmony
25 Apr 2018 Paul Centore Webinar: A Practical Introduction to the Munsell Colour System for Artists
21 Mar 2018 Webinar: Dr. David Briggs: The New Anatomy of Colour
21 Feb 2018 Webinar: Albert Munsell - the father of color science?
17 Jan 2018 Webinar: Color Science and the Visual Arts
15 Dec 2017 ANTEC® Orlando: The Plastics Technology Conference
18 Oct 2017 LED - A Balancing Act - Don't Be Left in the Dark
16 Oct 2017 AIC 2017 JEJU, Korea
27 Sep 2017 Webinar: Color in Digital Cinema
11 Sep 2017 CIC 25 Twenty- fifth Color and Imaging Conference
31 Jul 2017 CORM/ISCC 2017 Joint Technical Conference
21 Mar 2017 ISCC Winter Webinar: Mark D Fairchild
21 Mar 2017 International Colour Day


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