Colournamer (name a colour, any colour)


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This research aims to develop an online colour naming model to facilitate colour communication within & between cultures.


Purpose of the research:

  • To determine multicultural sets of basic colour terms, compounds, modifiers and secondary colour names which are in wide use.
  • To locate multicultural colour names in Munsell, sRGB, CIELAB and CIECAM02.
  • To investigate colour naming and colour categorization within different cultures.
  • To develop a colour-naming model.

What you will do in this experiment (approximate duration 10 min):

  • We will ask you to give us information on your display technology and viewing conditions.
  • We will test your colour vision with a 90 sec short video.
  • We will present to you a series of colour patches, one sample at a time, and ask you to name it by using natural language.
  • We will ask you to give us information on your cultural background.

Crowdfunding Project:

In September 2016, we've run a successful Kickstarter project, entitled Colours of Babel, to upgrade our online experiment to run on all new devises, minimize security threats and maintain our online presence free without advertisements. We thank all our 96 supporters for helping us raise 112% of our funding goal. You can find below a colour-coded list with our most precious donors:


  1. True Colors - interview of Dimitris Mylonas by Despina Trivoli (2009) LiFO 179 pg.50-51, Athens, Greece, November 2009
  2. Mylonas, D. (2009) A Colour Naming Investigation within Different Cultures, Oral Presentation, Digital Futures, Image Physics & Psychophysics, Institute of Physics, London, UK, November 2009
  3. Mylonas, D. (2009) An Online Colour Naming Model, Oral Presentation, Printing and Graphics Science Group Student Conference, Institute of Physics, London, UK, December 2009
  4. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2010) Locating Colour Names under different viewing conditions on the Net, Conf. CREATE, Gjøvik, Norway, June 2010
  5. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2010) Online Colour Naming Experiment Using Munsell Samples, Proc. CGIV 2010, Joensuu, Finland, June 2010 (pdf)
  6. MacDonald, L.W. and Mylonas, D. (2010) Edible Color Names, Proc. AIC 2010 Conf.on ‘Color and Food’, Mar del Plata, Argentina, October 2010
  7. Mylonas, D.,(2010) Colour Naming Workshop: Likely Colour Names Card Game, Create Workshops, Bristol, UK, October 2010
  8. Mylonas, D., MacDonald, L.W. and Wuerger S. (2010) Towards an Online Colour Naming Model, Proc. CIC 2010, San Antonio, US, November 2010 (pdf)
  9. Mylonas, D.(2010), Oral Presentation, WD Wright Award, Online Colour Naming Experiment Using Munsell Samples, Colour Group, London, UK, December 2010
  10. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2012) Colour naming for colour communication. In Colour Design: Theory & Applications, ed Best, J., Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK
  11. Mylonas, D. and MacDonald, L.W. (2011) An Online Colour naming Workshop. EVA London Conference, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, London, UK, June 2011
  12. Colour naming Eglantine by any other name - Johnson (2011) Economist, Colour naming experiment and Colournamer mentioned in The Economist, New York, July, 2011
  13. Mylonas, D. (2011) Blue...and the subjective experience of colour (lecture-demo), Lost Property, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2011
  14. Mylonas, D. (2012) Colour naming workshop on FIRE, FIRE - Community project, London, UK, March 2012
  15. MacDonald, L., Paramei, G. and Mylonas D. (2012) Gender differences in colour naming. Conference Progress in Colour Studies 2012, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2012
  16. Mylonas, D. (2012) Colour naming for colour communication. Public talk, Symposium on Colour for Business and the Professions, Colour Group (GB), City University, London, UK, November 2012
  17. Mylonas, D., Stutters, J., Doval, V. and MacDonald, L. (2013) Colournamer - a synthetic observer for colour communication, AIC 2013 12th International Congress - Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, UK, July 2013
  18. Mylonas, D., and MacDonald, L. (2014) Augmenting Basic Colour Terms in English, AISB-50 - Goldsmiths, London, UK, April 2014
  19. MacDonald, L. and Mylonas, D. (2014) Gender Differences for Colour Naming in Spanish and English, AIC Interim Meeting, Oaxaca, Mexico, October 2014
  20. Mylonas, D., Paramei, G. and MacDonald, L. (2014) Gender Differences in Colour Naming, In: Anderson, Wendy, Carole P. Biggam, Carole Hough and Christian Kay (eds.), Colour Studies: A broad spectrum. 2014. xiv, 417 pp. (pp. 225–239), John Benjamins
  21. Mylonas, D., and MacDonald, L. (2015) Augmenting Basic Colour Terms in English, Color Research and Application, Wiley, January 2015
  22. Jacob Aron (2015) Lilac and turquoise are as basic as red and orange, New Scientist, Life , February 2015
  23. Brooks Hays (2015) Study: Lilac and turquoise are universally recognized, United Press International , February 2015
  24. Mylonas, D.(2015) Public talk: Colournamer - a synthetic observer for colour communication, Colour Group (GB) International Colour Day, London, UK, 21st March 2015
  25. Mylonas, D., Purver, M., Sadrzadeh, M., MacDonald, L. and Griffin, L. (2015) The Use of English Colour Terms in Big Data, AIC Midterm Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015
  26. Katemake,P., Mylonas, D. MacDonald, L., Prasithrathsint, A. (2015) Comparison Among Three Methods for Thai Colour Naming, AIC Midterm Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015
  27. Грибер Юлия Александровна & Милонас Димитрис(2015) Картография цвета: эмпирический анализ цветонаименований русского языка, Человек и культура, (in press) October, 2015