The objective of this arrangement was to provide both a technical and artistic aid to architects involved in coloured environmental design. According to its Hungarian inventor, no contemporary colour systems fulfilled the requirements stipulated for colour planning. As designed, the Coloroid system operated with the three parameters of colour-hue, saturation and brightness. A cylinder is created around a 48-part colour-circle, with the brightness parameter being assigned throughout its height. The guiding principle behind the system is to show the «aesthetic distance» between colours as being uniform. (Detailed text)

Date: The colour-order system had been in development since 1962 and was published in 1974.

Country of origin: Hungary

Basic colours: 48 basic colours lying «at distances perceived as being almost aesthetically uniform».

Form: Modified cylinder based on «psychometric scales»

Application: Architecture, design

Related systems: MunsellCIEGerritsen

Bibliography: A. Nemcsics, «The Coloroid Color Order System», Color Research and Application 5, pp. 113-120 (1980); A. Nemcsics, «The Color Space of the Coloroid Color Order System», Color Research and Application 12, pp. 135-146 (1987); F. W. Billmeyer Jr., «Survey of Color Order Systems», Color Research and Application 12, pp. 173-186 (1987).