By now, you’ve heard all about the famous dress that blew up the Internet. Is it white and gold or is it blue and black?
It’s both? It’s neither.
The dress, in fact, isn’t even any color. It’s simply reflecting the light of the color spectrum. The light (color) coming into your eyes.
I know this is difficult to grasp. Imagine what our designers face when working with colors in creating logos, images, adverts and social memes. Color breakdowns using CMYK, RGB, Pantone, etc are all slightly different ad then so is your eye.
They blame it on the context of color. That is, “Color-extraction theory says that our brains correct color according to the visual context.” So, the color of things (cars, shoes, grass, your company logo, products – everything) and how they are observed are just a reflections of light waves going into your eyes.
Here’s what Wellesley College neuroscientist Bevil Conway told Wired Magazine about the dress, “Your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis. So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.”
This unique effect is produced by these specific colors, in this specific lighting and how it was captured by this photograph.
So, what did you think?
The dress was _________ & ___________.