The mission and purpose of Munsell Color is to provide color education, tools and services for effectively and accurately communicating color based on the Munsell Color Order System. It consists of physical color references that easily and accurately support color evaluation in laboratory, production or field environments.
Munsell Color is the living legacy of artist and educator, Albert H. Munsell. His initial aim was to create an orderly visual system that would help artists communicate color more effectively. Munsell went to great lengths to ensure that his system, though visual and for the artist, was grounded in scientific principles, even developing and patenting his own photometer with which to scientifically validate his color notation system. He consulted with the world's luminaries in physics and mathematics representing leading academic institutions including Columbia University, Harvard, MIT and Tufts.
Munsell's passion for color education led to the development of numerous tools to teach his three-dimensional color order system… that all color was represented by hue (primary colors including red, yellow, blue, etc.); value (lightness or darkness); and chroma (brightness or saturation of color). A professor at the Massachusetts Normal Art School (presently MassArt), Munsell developed color education curricula for the college level down to the primary school level.
Today, Munsell's color order system remains the basis for the mathematical models used in computerized color matching systems. The Munsell Color Order System is organized for the way you see color and designed for the way color is produced.
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