New Blue [179/365]




I like the colour blue for web pages. Not necessarily for clothes — it all depends on what shade of blue it is. Usually, it doesn’t go well with my complexion — I tend to look very ill.

Years ago, I fell in love with IKB, meaning International Klein Blue. Yves Klein was an artist who claimed this particular colour blue as his own. There’s a lot to read about IKB here, in the Wikipedia page.

I found out about this colour perhaps ten years ago, and those online translator tools were less sophisticated then (not saying they’re any good now). Wanted to read more about this artist, Yves Klein, found some webpage in German, and did the Google translation. Turned out it consequently translated his name too (Klein = little, small) so the text turned out rather hilarious than anything else. That was a parenthesis.

The other day, I came across an article online, about how they’ve discovered a new colour blue. In 2009 they discovered a new pigment, somehow by accident, and it’s namned YInMn after its elemental makeup. If you’re an artist, dealing with paint and colours all the time, thinking about pigments like this might be a normal thing, but if you’re not, it’s kind of interesting to read about how colours actually are made up. When you’re just using the eye-dropper on your computer to see what the hexadecimal number is for a colour you happen to like or want to use … IKB has #120A8F, in case you’re interested ๐Ÿ™‚. I know it by heart, because I used it so much.



This new blue colour, I don’t know whether it has a hexadecimal number yet. It’s probably possible to find out, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.


14 thoughts on “New Blue [179/365]

  1. David Bennett

    In case this helps – with the little color-picker app I have for pulling hexadecimals off the web – the colour on the Wikipedia page is #2821BA

  2. Mara Eastern

    So hypothetically, you could still discover new colours? And I thought that everything has been discovered already… I like blue for websites, the only trouble is that it’s somewhat overused for this purpose. Along with red. Yet, my own site is blue and red. Not strikingly original.

    1. Rebekah M

      There’s a quote by Mencken, it goes here:

      โ€œPenetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chopsโ€


      I like yellow and green, certain shades of them, but I never seem to use it for web pages?! I stick with blue, and a one pixel of crimson ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Mara Eastern

        Haha, that’s a nice quote, first time I hear it. Also, nicely styled in your comment! Green is used for “green” sites, but yellow you don’t see much, you’re right. Probably because it doesn’t contrast with white and while it contrasts with black, the result is weird. Like Fanwood. Hurts my eyes.

        1. Mara Eastern

          The word Fanwood in my penultimate sentence is a link. The link works but the linked word doesn’t show up different from the rest of the text. So here’s a heads up for the invisible link ๐Ÿ˜‰

        2. Rebekah M

          I just typed in <blockquote> and it turned out that way. I hate yellow on black.

          I’ve had that quote in store for several years. Sort of envisioned a cat, licking its chops ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Mara Eastern

            Yes, the mental image of the cat was what caught my attention in the first place, but so did the general sense of the quote. Yellow on black is probably the most aggressive combination to my eyes. But there’s a taste for everything and I only recalled the yellow and black theme because I saw it on some blog recently.


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