Color Is Relative

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Color is Relative from Dick Nelson

by gabemott on July 27, 2011 · 0 comments

You may recognize the smoosh in the video below. This is the source and inspiration for all the content at Dick Nelson who created this video and more at his vimeo channel studied with Josef Albers in the 1950’s. We are fortunate now that he is posting educational videos that illuminate our color sense.


The grammar of color is crucial! As crucial as grammar in lanuage. How can you understand the visual language if you don’t have the grammar.

This is Dick Nelson’s second video release from his DVD, “The Dimension of Color” covering in 3D: Tinting, Toning, Shading… Full Chroma… Complementary colors… Primary pigments, Secondary pigments and more.


In this video, Richard “Dick” Nelson takes the time to explain one of the most commonly misunderstood art series of all time: Josef Albers “Homage to the Square”.


How I fell in love with color: Color Movie

February 13, 2011
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Color Wheel Challenge (Adobe Illustrator)

January 29, 2011

This is mostly for Adobe Illustrator users but it should be interesting to everyone. Something is wrong with this color wheel. The tertiary colors were created using the Adobe Illustrator blend tool. Fix Illustrator’s calculations. The challenge is to create the perfect color wheel using these 12 slices. DUE: February 5th, 2011 FILE FORMAT: Adobe […]

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32 Poles

October 1, 2009
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With 32 Poles, I was going for a much more subtle effect than in the 3 other pole pages. By using a blue and orange that are complements and are closer in value and as well using a greater number of poles, the steps are more subtle and the effect is more powerful. Almost the […]

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What’s the point? Back to the basics: black and white

August 29, 2008
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For all of you saying “What’s the Point?” this release is dedicated to you. The point is, you are not seeing what you think you are seeing. Your eyes are constantly adjusting to the context around them. In the image at left, the two swatches are the exact same color. Now that I have told […]

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Yellow to Blue Poles

August 26, 2008
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How are the two images at left with the blue backgrounds similar or different? In both, the background matches the color of one of the 16 poles. They are both screenshots from Yellow to Blue Poles. When you click on a bar from the color array, the background of the web page will match the […]

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Happy Birthday Dad: Plum Halation

August 24, 2008
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[Update in italics: October 2, 2010] The composition has recently changed. When I was adding the navigation menu I realized that this piece (Plum, AKA Happy Birthday Dad), had never been centered vertically. Same for Poles, the most popular piece. I just centered them both. At first, I accidentally put the collection of center four […]

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