April 20, 2013

Jacob Christian SCHAFFER - color development

The pre-development of the color wheel took on many formats in the 18th century (tables, charts).  Before the color wheel came into a more popular use, Jacob Christian Schäffer, a naturalist, inventor and German Evangelical superintendent of Regensburg – created his own color system in 1769.

In an effort to create order within the color universe, he gave blue, red, and yellow pride of place in his hierarchy, explaining how these primary colors could be combined to create a multitude of shades in between.

Color printing was expensive at the time (which could emulate many colors possibilities in the way Pantone does). Although this color chart is exceptionally limited, I LOVE the shapes and stripes juxtaposition. How contemporary it appears!

Image source: printmag.com

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