Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

[Icehouse] Re: New Treehouse Colors - Ideas

  • FromJeff Zeitlin <icehouse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 10 Aug 2007 00:04:03 -0400
On Thu,  9 Aug 2007 20:51:31 -0400 (EDT), Bart Janssens
<bartjanssens@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>Well, Andy has posted his 'Death of the Monochrome Stash' essay, and he 
>mentions at the bottom that he's thinking of coming out with a 3rd 
>Treehouse set, with new colors.  I figured I'd start tossing out ideas.

>The first problem is that we've already got 8 translucent and 3 opaque 
>colors, and making new ones that aren't easily mistaken with existing 
>ones may be a challenge.

My first inclination is to suggest that the "answer" might be to make a
set with four opaque colors and one transparent color.  If that route is
chosen, Opaque Rainbow colors with a 'smoke' ("transparent black") fifth
color would be a logical first choice; opaque Xeno with "Cloud"
(transparent/ish white) the logical second choice.  And naturally, a new
monochrome stash - 'Fog' (transparent grey, lighter than transparent
black, darker than transparent white) needs to become available.

Hummm... Andy doesn't like monochrome stashes any more, for admittedly
perfectly understandable reasons.

Barring swapping transparency and opacity, ...

[snipped explanations of brown, dark-green, tan, pink, smoke]

>The first three (brown, forest green, tan) got me wondering if an 
>'Eco-Treehouse', in all earthy colors, would be feasible, but I'm 
>stumped for two more
>new colors that would fit the theme.  (I don't think the gray or the 
>pink would work for that concept).

I like the idea of an Eco color set.  Unfortunately, I can't come up
with enough colors that work, either.

>Of course, we would also need a new color for the Treehouse die. 

If Treehouse sets stay true to pattern - four of one opacity, one of the
other - then the Treehouse Die should, too, and should match the color
and opacity of the 'odd' nest.

Maybe, though, we just need to come up with four new transparent colors,
so that the fifth color can be the opaque grey, allowing Andy to drop
the monochrome grey stash as well.

A precedent has already been established with Blue and Cyan for having a
light and dark version of a color in the same 'family', so let's follow
on that: 

Dark Red ("blood"), dark green ("forest"), light purple ("lavender"),
and now we have a problem since I'm not sure that "dark orange" or "dark
yellow" are viable colors, and both light and dark are already
represented for blue.

Anyone else want to chime in on this?