BreakThroughColour

THE FIRST 100

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As its name implies, the Colour Every Day series features a colour every day, a 'card per diem' from the complete collection of BTC Colour Cards. It started January 1 with a clean slate of White (000). Today, 128 days later, we have 333, barely in the Black and just about as muddy-in-the-middle as a colour can get.

COLOUR PER CENT

Already eight days into May, more than a third of the way through 2016, today's hueless triplet is the 100th card from the BreakThroughColour deck of 216 Hues, Tints, Shades, and Tones (the other 29 were pulled from the Basics deck and posted during February's 'Leap Into Colour!' BTC boot camp).

Aside from the Corner Colours that started things off, the rest of the rollout has been random. But since 100 is such an 'easy math' milestone, it's a chance to sort and survey what's been showcased so far. Here's a look at some stats from BTC's First 100, in order of appearance, categorized and counted by Hue, Saturation, and Value...

HUE AND HUELESS: CORNER BY CORNER

Yellow and Red surged slightly ahead, and Blue held back just a bit. But the other five corners came out even at a dozen each.  

SATURATION: HUES, TINTS, SHADES, AND TONES

Pure Hues get the most exposure, so they're the colours we tend to know best. The further away we get from pure, the harder it is to see the Hue clearly, with Tints faded by White, Shades obscured by Black, and Tones hiding somewhere in the middle.

VALUE: COLOUR ON A SCALE OF WHITE TO BLACK

Although they are all 100% 'colour,' pure Hues are not created equal in their strength as colours. Green and Magenta may balance close to one another as complementaries near the middle, but Cyan and Red start to pull us towards the poles, and, at opposite ends of the Value Slider, Yellow pales in the presence of Blue. As a result, Tints aren't always light, and Shades aren't always dark. Here's how our Top 100 Colours rank when they don't have any colour at all:

These first 100 cards don't quite tell half the story, but as a sampling of the BreakThroughColour deck so far, no matter how you add it up, they give a good glimpse at 100% colour.