Week 7: More on Harmony

May 25, 2020




I mainly focused on collecting and analyzing data this week. 

  • I gathered hex values of the first 100 ranked color palettes created by color lovers
  • Ran through  some programs I wrote 
  • and imported the processed data into R for further analysis and presentation


I encountered some difficulty while creating my program.  For example, for questions like: do we classify a yellow-orange ish color as Yellow or Orange? I attempt to stick with a more mathematical approach instead of an arbitrary one. However, there seems to be no prior standards on the specific classification, so I had to create one. Another question is do we consider #deff09 yellow or green? Even Though #deff09 is a color that is significantly closer to yellow than to green mathematically, people may consider it green just because of the presence of blue (in real life). To avoid renaming every single color and to avoid the aforementioned conflicts, I have split the color wheel (values) into 12 sections, identifying 12 ranges of colors. 


These includes:

  • Red
  • Rose
  • Magenta
  • Violet
  • Blue
  • Azure
  • Cyan
  • Aquamarine
  • Green
  • Yellow-green
  • Yellow
  • Orange


Among the 12 ranges of colors, there are 6 complementary ranges as expected. The adjacent color ranges will create an analogous harmony. Monochromatic colors will be from the same color range. And double complementary harmony will consist of colors from 2 pairs of complementary ranges.


One Reply to “Week 7: More on Harmony”

  1. Charles T. says:

    That’s an interesting conundrum. The primary derivative of each color has been a subject of human debate for so long!

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