In the late 18th century, German mineralogist Abraham Werner devised a standardized scheme for classifying colors which was later adapted and revised in the 19th century by Scottish painter Patrick Syme. Syme enhanced Werner’s original guide by including painted swatches for each color based on Werner’s precise descriptions and examples of where to find the colors in the natural world.
This project enhances Syme’s work by adding information that I wanted when I read the guidebook, like easily jumping to any color, seeing the colors referenced in the description, and seeing photos of what Werner referenced for his descriptions of each color. Two new data visualization posters were also created based on the color data in the original guidebook.
The result is something that’s hopefully interesting for those just discovering Werner’s guide and those that may already be familiar with it and want to discover it in a new light.
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- Interactive recreation of an 1821 color guidebook, September 11, 2018, FlowingData
- Fascinating 19th Century Color Manual Gets Turned Into An Inspiration Site, September 11, 2018, DesignTAXI
- 19th Century Color Guide Is Transformed Into an Online Resource for Designers, September 15, 2018, My Modern Met
- Tesori d’archivio: la nomenclatura dei colori di Werner ora ha anche una versione online (English), September 17, 2018, Frizzifrizzi
- A 200-year-old guide to color, redesigned for the internet age, September 20, 2018, Fast Company
- Interactive Version of a Classic Color Manual Used By Charles Darwin Is Now Available Online, September 20, 2018, Mental Floss
- Класифікацію кольорів Вернера, класичний довідник відтінків, виклали онлайн (English), September 24, 2018, Platfor.ma
- Ein Traum für Webdesigner: Altes Naturfarben-Handbuch digital aufbereitet (English), September 24, 2018, OnlineMarketing.de
- 進化論のダーウィンも使った?!200年前の色辞典をデジタル化したWerner’s Nomenclature Colours (English), September 24, 2018, PhotoshopVIP
- Webspecial: Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (English), September 26, 2018, Design Tagebuch
Published September 9, 2018
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