“A device to capture instances of the visible light spectrum in a given space” is an investigative tool that observes the principles of light and color. Sampling the electromagnetic spectrum allows for a new understanding of color through the recording and analysis of these spectrums. Through this process one can begin to see the separation between perceived and actual color of a space. Actual color being the separation of white light into the electromagnetic spectrum and perceived color being how the naked eye views colors in a space. Inspired by the discovery of the actual color of the universe ‘Cosmic Latte’, this tool reads and interprets spaces through a method of surveying and averages.
This real-time viewing tool allows the user to survey their physical space while simultaneously documenting that space. The spectrums are geotagged in order to be analyzed, compiled and averaged. In order to get the closest possible results to an average actual color of a given space many sample light readings are necessary to be recorded. The products are a set of investigative color swatches backed by data collection that are representations of the actual colors of these spaces.
Research: an investigation of color
Process: exploring tools to understand color
The Device: records electromagnetic light readings from its users present space
The Light Readings: raw data collected from varied spaces
Color Swatches: following the fashion in which 'Cosmic Latte' the average color of the universe was arrived at, I averaged samples of electromagnetic light readings of a given space in order to achieve these 'actual' representations of the color of that space. The following are a set of swatches I arrived at through data collection. Each is given a name that relates to its place of origin and discovered color.