The science and perception of colour


The NCS Colour Centre South Africa under the guidance of Lisa Taylor has played a key role in standardising colour in South Africa. We look at the Natural Colour System that has since become the industry benchmark.

The Swedish government initiated colour determination and classification in the 1950s. Since then, it has evolved into the natural colour system (NCS), which has become the international standard for colour classification.

A local benchmark
The corporate colour consultant and colour specialist Lisa Taylor played an instrumental role in persuading national authorities to adopt the NCS. Taylor has worked with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to translate the National Colour Standard into NCS (SANS 1091 – 2004).

Since then she has converted various other public and private sector manufacturing and colour-specifying bodies to NCS because of the ease of design and the accuracy of the sampling which translates into any industry system. Every NCS notation has a CMYK, RGB and LAB value – this means that any material can be formulated into an NCS colour.

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