Yay, the big brains at Tumblr take us down a rabbit hole where we learn more about what's going on with this crazy thing called color theory.
Every year Pantone chooses a "Color of the Year" to symbolize their prediction of the state of the world in the coming new year.
If you're wondering why the COLOR of the year is actually two colors, apparently the blending of the shades is the color. This is what they had to say for themselves:
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.Will a pastel pinky-purple swirl bring peace and understanding to the world in 2016? Probably not but a trendy designer can dream, right?
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.
The image above was originally uploaded on February 15 to Tumblr with the following caption:
Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f**k out.
Simple enough question right? It’s obviously blue and gold. Mystery solved.
But wait, when you turn the photo sideways it’s actually more blue and black. The more you really think about it, maybe it’s white and gold after all.
Then your mind explodes, and the evil dress has won.
One commenter thought we needed to elevate this to a higher authority.
SPREAD THIS UNTIL IT REACHES NASA WE MUST FIND ANSWERS
It’s called the Royal-Blue Lace Detail Bodycon Dress and sells for $77.
Although the more interesting question is, why do we all see different colors?
Wired has a good explanation of why this is happening.
Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.”