Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

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Functionality of Color

  • Antal Nemcsics
  • Malvina Arrarte-Grau
  • Galen Minah
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_237-1



The use, informative, and aesthetic impact of color on humans and the environment.

Color and Function

Human environment may be considered as a system, since man and environment elements are mutually determinant in any sense – an interrelation concerned with demand of man for his environment. The function of the built environment is based on social demand, necessity raised to a social level.

Within the system of man and elements of his environment, structural relations are defined and sustained by complex functions. This complex is composed of three types of functions: utility, aesthetic, and informative ones. Utility function is understood as the designation and purpose of environment elements. Aesthetic functions bring about properties of environment elements which enable one to experience utility functions. Informative functions involve properties of environment elements by which their functions,...


Utility Function Environment Element Color Palette Conceptual Phase Color Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antal Nemcsics
    • 1
  • Malvina Arrarte-Grau
    • 2
  • Galen Minah
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary
  2. 2.ArchitectureLandscape and Color DesignLimaPeru
  3. 3.College of Built EnvironmentsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA