A digital framework for color design and education
Keywords:Color design, Color processing, Design tools, Visual deficiency, Digital tools
Color design is assuming a role of greater and greater importance in industry and architecture. However, only a few tools can effectively support designers and architects in their color-related activities, besides color atlases or color measurement devices. On the other hand, many significant results are now at hand in the field of computational color. In particular, various software libraries are available in numerical simulation environments or popular programming languages such as Python. Unfortunately, architects and color designers traditionally do not have a background in signal processing and/or programming techniques. Consequently, the use of such tools is limited to a relatively small community of color scientists, while the much broader spectrum of color-related activities in the industrial world or in architecture cannot benefit of such a collection of color science algorithms and transformations. To fill this gap, this paper presents a set of digital functions, named “ColorTools”, collected in a single framework written in Python. ColorTools makes use of (and eventually extends) the most popular color-theory libraries now available, and presents to the user a high level and friendly interface, specifically designed to match the needs of color designers. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework, the paper describes the use of ColorTools in some real color projects. Finally, ColorTools can also be used in color education, since it allows exploring many basic color theory concepts.
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