Inter-Society Color Council

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    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 6:00 PM

    A Conversation with Nick Harkness: A Meeting of Minds – Art and Colour Science

    This is a webinar featuring a conversation with Nick Harkness about his labor of love 20 years in the making known as Colour Made Simple (CMS). Colour Made Simple is a holistic and practical online approach to colour theory. CMS is designed to teach the fundamentals of visual colour assessment and instrumental colour measurement for industry and research. Whether your area of colour expertise is art, design, education, measurement, engineering or technology, CMS has colour information of interest to you! CMS is comprised of approximately 800 PowerPoint slides many of which are animated, all with voice overs. There are eighteen chapters plus Introduction and Conclusions. The team from the University of Leeds has produced the online colour exercises which are an integral component of the webinar and are designed to colourfully describe the inherent properties of colours. Using a conversational approach, this webinar will provide a snapshot of the depth and strength of the CMS platform to be enjoyed by the international color community anywhere and anytime.


    Nick Harkness has worked in the field of instrumental appearance and colour measurement since 1981. His work has spanned the globe as he has worked with BYK Gardner (Germany), CyberChrome (USA), Konica Minolta (Japan), NCS AB (Sweden) and VeriVide (UK).

    Nick commenced his colour training and consulting activities in 1999 as he saw a need in industry for a greater understanding of instrumental colour measurement and its application for quality control. His one-day colour course is highly regarded with a total attendance in excess of 1000 attendees from Australia’s leading manufacturing and research organizations. Nick’s training activities are international extending to England, Germany, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand. Nick, in cooperation with Professor Steve Westland and Dr. Vien Cheung School of Design at the University of Leeds in the UK have created an online format for ‘Colour Made Simple”.

    Nick was a member of the AIC Executive Committee from 2006 as an Ordinary Member (Chair of AIC Congress 2009), Secretary Treasurer (2010 – 2013), Vice-President 2014 - 2015, President (2016 - 2017) where he championed the new Student Papers Award and immediate Past-President (2018 – 2019).

Past events

02 Nov 2021 Webinar - Stephen Westland
29 Oct 2021 Fluorescent Fridays - Color in Context for Architects & Designers
20 Sep 2021 Annual Meeting, including Keynote by Bevil Conway
26 Jun 2021 2nd Annual ISCC Symposium on Color Education
25 Jun 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #4
12 Jun 2021 Color Impact 2021 - For the Built Environment
12 May 2021 Webinar - Kine Angelo
23 Apr 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #3
23 Mar 2021 Webinar - Andy Towns
26 Feb 2021 Fluorescent Fridays #2
20 Feb 2021 "Where's the COLOR?" Visual Identity Project (VIP) Student Competition Pre-Registration
28 Jan 2021 Webinar - John Barbur
13 Nov 2020 Fluorescent Fridays #1
06 Jun 2020 Color Impact 2020 Virtual Symposium: A New Vision for Color Education
05 May 2020 Sally Augustin presents "The Science of Designing with Color: Making the Right Choices"
14 Apr 2020 Shelli Sedlak presents "Light & Color with LED"
17 Mar 2020 Ellen Divers presents "The 'Blind Spot' in Architectural Color"
25 Feb 2020 Ruthanne M. Hanlon presents "Color and Culture"
28 Jan 2020 Ken Butts presents "ULTRA-PORTABLE COLOR MEASUREMENT – A Spectro in Your Pocket?"
19 Nov 2019 Webinar - Roland Connelly presents "Comparison of LED Lighting Adopted by Retailers to Typical LED Spectra Adopted by the CIE"
22 Oct 2019 Tony Stanton presents: Color Management in the Graphic Arts
21 Oct 2019 IS&T's 27th Color and Imaging Conference
24 Sep 2019 Ann Laidlaw & Jodi Baker present "Introduction to CIELAB"
20 Aug 2019 AATCC Color Management Workshop
09 Jul 2019 Webinar - Fritz Horstman presents "Interacting with Color: the Art and Teaching of Josef Albers"
21 Mar 2019 Webinar - Michael Webster
19 Mar 2019 ISCC Long-term Planning Meeting
17 Mar 2019 TAGA Annual Technical Conference Joint with ISCC
16 Mar 2019 Workshop: Josef Albers's Color Experiments
19 Feb 2019 Webinar - Kristen Dettoni presents "Print on Demand - Exploring the Market Opportunities"
09 Jan 2019 January Webinar: Jean Hoskin
16 Oct 2018 Webinar: Andrew Stockman
15 Aug 2018 AATCC Color Management Workshop
10 Jun 2018 Munsell Centennial Color Symposium
30 May 2018 Webinar: Lori Sawaya, Psychological Color Temperature and Color Harmony
25 Apr 2018 Paul Centore Webinar: A Practical Introduction to the Munsell Colour System for Artists
21 Mar 2018 Webinar: Dr. David Briggs: The New Anatomy of Colour
21 Feb 2018 Webinar: Albert Munsell - the father of color science?
17 Jan 2018 Webinar: Color Science and the Visual Arts
15 Dec 2017 ANTEC® Orlando: The Plastics Technology Conference
18 Oct 2017 LED - A Balancing Act - Don't Be Left in the Dark
16 Oct 2017 AIC 2017 JEJU, Korea
27 Sep 2017 Webinar: Color in Digital Cinema
11 Sep 2017 CIC 25 Twenty- fifth Color and Imaging Conference
31 Jul 2017 CORM/ISCC 2017 Joint Technical Conference
21 Mar 2017 ISCC Winter Webinar: Mark D Fairchild
21 Mar 2017 International Colour Day

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