Color has been a topic of intense interest and inquiry for millennia. Philosophers (Aristotle), poets (Goethe), physicists (Newton), physiologists (Helmholtz), psychologists (Fechner), and mathematicians (Schrödinger) have all contributed to our understanding of color phenomena. Color science is a fundamental field of science dedicated to understanding the creation of colored stimuli, sources of illumination, and ultimately the human perception of color. It builds upon, and crosses the disciplinary boundaries of, chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, and psychology. Color science is used in the design and production of most man-made materials including textiles, paints, plastics, ceramics, and imaging systems and to specify the properties of diverse natural materials such as skin, plants, animals, and soil. The applications of color science are truly ubiquitous.
Dr. Mark Fairchild, Director
In the News
- Brittany Cox's rendering helps reveal Van Gogh's true colors on Science Friday.
- New RIT Color Science Online Summer Course: Info Sheet.
- Handbook of Color Psychology Released.
- Asano et al. Individual Observer Model in PLOS ONE.
- Mark Fairchild on "Perfect Hue" in The NY Times.
- PoCS/MCSL Faculty Discuss #TheDress. Also on Today.com
- Mark Fairchild Discusses the Nature of Color on NPR
- Video of Color Science Professor Roy Berns on
van Gogh's Pigments in 'The Bedroom.'
Recent Color Science Grads
- David L. Long
Expanding Dimensionality in Cinema Color: Impacting Observer Variability through Multiprimary Display
- Maxim W. Derhak
Spectrally Based Material Color Equivalency: Modeling and Manipulation
- Yuta Asano
Individual Colorimetric Observers for Personalized Color Imaging
Recent Employers of Color Science Grads
- UR Institute of Optics
- Motorola Mobility
- Onyx Graphics
- Microsoft Research
- Ricoh Americas
- Advanced Vision Technology