Color Charts, Esthetics, and Subjective Randomness

Cognitive Science 36 (1):142-149 (2012)
Color charts, or grids of evenly spaced multicolored dots or squares, appear in the work of modern artists and designers. Often the artist/designer distributes the many colors in a way that could be described as “random,” that is, without an obvious pattern. We conduct a statistical analysis of 125 “random-looking” art and design color charts and show that they differ significantly from truly random color charts in the average distance between adjacent colors. We argue that this attribute generalizes results in subjective randomness in a black/white setting and gives further evidence supporting a connection between subjective randomness and what is esthetically pleasing
Keywords Subjective complexity  Esthetics  Subjective randomness  Color perception
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DOI 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01198.x
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