In this blog post we’re going to explore hue angle and hue family which is the first part of any hue, value, chroma three-dimensional classification of color.
The Munsell Color System is probably the most well-known when it comes to using hue, value and chroma, but approaching color from these three dimensions is actually quite common. So, it’s really worthwhile to understand each component.
The graphic below is going to be the core of the conversation today. It illustrates three different concepts in just one mini infographic. The three concepts are hue angle, hue family, and overtone.
Background Information & Insight
You’re probably wondering where does hue angle and hue family come from? How is it decided that a color belongs to a specific hue family? And then once you know to what hue family a color belongs, how do you determine where to plot the color on a color wheel or diagram?
The answer is actually very simple. Target colors are measured with a spectrophotometer. The spectrophotometer gives you spectral data for the colors. You can then use that data in special algorithms designed to convert it to hue angle and hue family designations.
A color’s spectral data is used for a lot of other things too. What’s important to remember is the intent of measuring color and using spectral data in the first place.
The intention of colorimetry is to quantify the way the human vision system sees and experiences color. Represent it numerically – so you can do stuff with it – like convert it into a color notation.
Colorimetry or more simply “color math” or “color management” is based on how humans perceive color.
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Eyeballs came before technology.
Understanding color from a colorimetric perspective is more important now than ever before because of the rapid advancements in affordable technologies. For example, The Land of Color is an affiliate for the NODE+Chroma. It’s a hand-held colorimeter priced under $300.
A colorimeter provides an overall measurement of a color vs. the more specific measurements you get from a spectrophotometer, but if used correctly and in conjunction with the right apps, it will serve you well and serve many purposes. Using my NODE+Chroma and a free app, I can measure any color anywhere and convert it to a hue/value/chroma notation: carpet, tile, wood, floors, ceilings, walls, etc.
It’s a very powerful way to navigate color and I’m passionate about sharing that knowledge so you too are empowered.
To all the color, design, paint pro’s out there I have to tell you, if you understand the color tactics I’m sharing, you will absolutely smoke all competition in your market. It is my opinion that an individual with minimal tactical skill sets at the foundation of their color point of view doesn’t stand a chance going forward.
They’re already obsolete.
Pro or DIY, this information is easily applied and worth knowing and you can count on The Land of Color to provide the guidance you need. So, let’s get busy and dig deeper in to this mini infographic.