People generally start with the hue when looking for a colour “Am I looking for a lime green, a yellow or orange?”
• The NCS Index 2050 therefore offers hue-based sorting, following the NCS Colour Circle, to allow navigation among the 2050 colours quickly and easily.
• Within each hue-section the colours are arranged by nuance, following the NCS Colour Triangle.
• The nuances go from low chromaticness to high chromaticness (from duller tones to stronger more saturated tones).
• Each page is then flowed from light to dark, top to bottom, the colours are sorted by increasing blackness.
• White and pure colours are positioned at the top and deeper shades at the bottom.
For low chromatic colours, people generally change the principle by which they search for a specific colour. For neutral tones of whites and greys colours, the nuance of the colour is much more significant to the eye than the hue. Therefore, in the Index 2050 all low chromatic colours are sorted by nuance and can be found in the first section of the Index fan deck.
In the 100 new colours there are many slightly tinted whites and greys, lots more beige colours and some ‘safe’ off-whites.