Colournamer (name a colour, any colour)


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This research aims to develop an online colour naming model to facilitate colour communication within & between cultures.


Purpose of the research:

  • To determine multicultural sets of basic colour terms, compounds, modifiers and secondary colour names which are in wide use.
  • To locate multicultural colour names in Munsell, sRGB, CIELAB and CIECAM02.
  • To investigate colour naming and colour categorization within different cultures.
  • To develop a colour-naming model.

What you will do in this experiment (approximate duration 10 min):

  • We will ask you to give us information on your display technology and viewing conditions.
  • We will test your colour vision with a 90 sec short video.
  • We will present to you a series of colour patches, one sample at a time, and ask you to name it by using natural language.
  • We will ask you to give us information on your cultural background.


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  2. Mylonas, D. (2009) A Colour Naming Investigation within Different Cultures, Oral Presentation, Digital Futures, Image Physics & Psychophysics, Institute of Physics, London, UK, November 2009
  3. Mylonas, D. (2009) An Online Colour Naming Model, Oral Presentation, Printing and Graphics Science Group Student Conference, Institute of Physics, London, UK, December 2009
  4. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2010) Locating Colour Names under different viewing conditions on the Net, Conf. CREATE, Gjøvik, Norway, June 2010
  5. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2010) Online Colour Naming Experiment Using Munsell Samples, Proc. CGIV 2010, Joensuu, Finland, June 2010 (pdf)
  6. MacDonald, L.W. and Mylonas, D. (2010) Edible Color Names, Proc. AIC 2010 Conf.on ‘Color and Food’, Mar del Plata, Argentina, October 2010
  7. Mylonas, D.,(2010) Colour Naming Workshop: Likely Colour Names Card Game, Create Workshops, Bristol, UK, October 2010
  8. Mylonas, D., MacDonald, L.W. and Wuerger S. (2010) Towards an Online Colour Naming Model, Proc. CIC 2010, San Antonio, US, November 2010 (pdf)
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  12. Colour naming Eglantine by any other name - Johnson (2011) Economist, Colour naming experiment and Colournamer mentioned in The Economist, New York, July, 2011
  13. Mylonas, D. (2011) Blue...and the subjective experience of colour (lecture-demo), Lost Property, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2011
  14. Mylonas, D. (2012) Colour naming workshop on FIRE, FIRE - Community project, London, UK, March 2012
  15. MacDonald, L., Paramei, G. and Mylonas D. (2012) Gender differences in colour naming. Conference Progress in Colour Studies 2012, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2012
  16. Mylonas, D. (2012) Colour naming for colour communication. Public talk, Symposium on Colour for Business and the Professions, Colour Group (GB), City University, London, UK, November 2012
  17. Mylonas, D., Stutters, J., Doval, V. and MacDonald, L. (2013) Colournamer - a synthetic observer for colour communication, AIC 2013 12th International Congress - Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, UK, July 2013
  18. Mylonas, D., and MacDonald, L. (2014) Augmenting Basic Colour Terms in English, AISB-50 - Goldsmiths, London, UK, April 2014