What Is That Color? Qué es de ese color?

October 4, 2012

When working on a design, it can be very difficult to properly communicate the desired color. Let’s just use the generic “red” as an example. Does that really tell you what color to use?

Is that Candy Apple Red? Fire Brigade Red? Reddish Orange? Strawberry Red? Burnt Mahogany? Pale Cherry Red? I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.

The folks at CrowdFlower have put together a really cool color chart (screen shot of it at right) entitled What Color is this? Each of the dots you see in the graphic (4000 of them) represents a single color. If you hover over the dot, it will show you the name of that color in nine different languages! Capisce?

It is pretty fascinating to check out some of the color names and the translations. I spent several minutes checking it out and I’m sure I’ll go back again.

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  1. Unknown

    My Spanish is rusty but don’t think the translation is correct.

  2. Unknown

    My Spanish is rusty but don’t think the translation is correct.

  3. Foster D. Coburn III

    As my Spanish is rusty, I can’t say definitively if this is correct or not. I have asked some who are Spanish speakers and they have told me it depends on which variation of Spanish is used and it is correct for some regions.

  4. Foster D. Coburn III

    Since the tool being discussed displays color names in nine different languages, I wanted to include at least a second language in the title.


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Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

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