Munsell | The Universal Language of Color



At the beginning of the 20th century, Professor Albert H. Munsell brought clarity to color communication by establishing an orderly system for accurately identifying every color that exists. Munsell based his system on what he defined as “perceived equidistance,” the human visual system’s perception of color.

The Munsell Color Order System

At the beginning of the 20th century, Professor Albert H. Munsell brought clarity to color communication by establishing an orderly system for accurately identifying every color that exists. Munsell based his system on what he defined as “perceived equidistance,” the human visual system’s perception of color.

The Munsell Color Order System is a three-dimensional model based on the premise that each color has three qualities or attributes: hue, value and chroma. Munsell established numerical scales with visually uniform steps for each of these attributes. In Munsell notation, each color has a logical relationship to all other colors. This leads to endless creative possibilities in color choices, as well as the ability to precisely communicate these choices.

How is The Munsell Color System Used?
Artists and designers use The Munsell Color System to create the color scheme or harmony that helps strengthen the message and image they are communicating. With its systematic approach to color space, The Munsell Color system allows artists and designers to capture the color palette that is needed to create the impact desired by to day’s consumers.





   




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