The blue background of this box is International Klein Blue [IKB].
Yves Klein was a French artist, who, with the help of chemists managed to create exactly the blue that he wanted to convey in his work, using ultramarine pigment suspended in a synthetic resin ‘Rhodopas’.
IKB has its own HTML code: #002FA7.
I like this colour. Always liked ultramarine. Heard, many years ago, that Klein had patented the method of making IKB, but in my readings now I find that wasn’t the case. I could understand Klein if he wanted it patented, because I find great pleasure myself, when I’ve found a colour exactly the hue I like.
When Google Translation was new, I decided to give it a go, and pasted in a German article about Klein, that I was interested it. I know German so I chose «German to English» in the translation tool. It all turned out confusing, as the guy’s name was Klein [klein, meaning small in German], and it translated that too. Everywhere, where his name was mentioned was either ‘little’ or ‘small’ … sometimes it turned out really hilarious.
To many people, the HTML colour code I wrote here above, would mean nothing. Writing HTML [and CSS, up to a point] code used to be one of my interests in the early days of the Internet. Layout, fonts … colours and shapes — those were things that could make me stop and really admire a web page. Still do, but now I realise I’ve lost the grip. The simple table with its blue background, took me quite a while!
The idea to write this blog, came to me …out of the blue [pun intended].