MIT’s New Color-Changing Ink, PhotoChromeleon

From MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory comes a product that could calm the nerves of fickle consumers. PhotoChromeleon is a high-tech ink that changes color through “reprogramming.” This means exposing the ink to UV light to activate or deactivate some of its components, which include “a scientific mix of cyan, magenta, and yellow photochromic dyes,” according to Fast Company. The sprayable ink can …

A Conversation on Color and Psychology with Roxie Darling

The sole colorist at private studio Hairstory discusses the fine line between service and artistry and creating fleeting works

A counterpoint to the daytime hustle and bustle of the Wall Street neighborhood is the quiet oasis that is Hairstory, located many floors up in a discreet building. Shoes are taken off before entering the living room area, where sunlight streams in through big windows. Though it seems more like a beautiful apartment at first glance, the space is in fact home to a mini-revolution …

Time in Color: Chrono Chroma

Dutch designer Jolene Carlier's latest work replaces numerical values of time with bright hues

The ubiquity of clocks on our phones, tablets and computers lessens the burden of pinpoint accuracy for wall clocks, opening up the door for more (sometimes purely) decorative, experimental design pieces. Taking full advantage of this shift is Jolene Carlier (a recent graduate from the Netherlands’ Design Academy Eindhoven) whose inventive and thoughtful objects evoke a sense of childlike wonder from users. Her latest creation, …