Bezold Effect

The Bezold effect is an optical illusion, named after a German rug designer, Wilhelm von Bezold (1837–1907). He discovered that when a pure hue is used in an even distribution throughout a composition, it may change the appearance of the adjacent colors (Feisner, Edith Anderson, 2013, Color Studies, 3rd ed., New York, Fairchild Books).

This project illustrates optical mixing and shows a difference in the overall value of the pattern when the outlines are changed from white to black.

The pattern was designed using four evenly distributed colors outlined first with white, then with black, and is also shown with both examples applied on a chair.


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