Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: A guide from the pre-photography age – (designfaves)

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Before the modern age of photography, there were other, more complicated methods of classifying colours. Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was regarded as a definitive guide to colour for artists, designers, scientists, and anthropologists alike in the 19th Century.

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It makes me think if there is any rhyme or reason to the nomenclature of colour today?  In the United States, the National Bureau of Standards (now the NIST: the National Institute of Standards and Technology) tried to collect the names being bandied about in the 1970’s.  It has always been difficult for consumers to make out the difference between shocking pink, hot pink, pizzicato pink.


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