Spot Matching System – Pantone Contender from Iceland

Spot Matching System – Pantone Contender from Iceland Spot Nordic, a company from Reykjavik, offers an interesting colour system: The “Spot Matching System” contains 470 regularly graded colour shades which are offered as colour samples of various production processes (e.g. proof printing, offset printing). The conversions are selected in such a way that the colour […] – “Google, but for Colors” – “Google, but for Colors” A new and interesting approach to search for colours is presented by This tool uses Google’s image search and relies on the terms associated with the images. The dominating colour tone is extracted from the picture and shown as a large swatch. Example: “sky” yields several (mostly) blue […]

Libre Graphics Meeting Saarbrücken

Libre Graphics Meeting Saarbrücken The Libre Graphics Community offers free alternatives to the commercial tools from Quark, Corel and Adobe. GIMP, Scribus, Inkscape, Blender and Krita can compete with the expensive solutions in terms of functionality. They run stable and are constantly expanded and further developed. The amazing thing is that the programmers work free […]

ColorGATE and freieFarbe e.V. intensify their cooperation

ColorGATE and freieFarbe e.V. intensify their cooperation ColorGATE is one of the world’s leading software providers for controlling digital printing systems for large-format printing and industrial inkjet printing. One of ColorGATE’s specialties is professional color management with a wide range of supported color measuring devices including various tools to automatically measure difficult substrates such as […]

Visits to two trade fairs

European Coatings Show and Farbe, Ausbau, Fassade 2019 Two important colour-related trade fairs took place almost simultaneously at the end of March: the “European Coatings Show” (ECS) in Nuremberg and the “Farbe, Ausbau und Fassade (FAF)” in Cologne. We were on the road at both fairs. Pigment manufacturers were more represented at ECS than paint […]

Article in DIN magazine

In the January issue of DIN-Magazin a multi-page article about free ink and DIN SPEC 16699 has been published. It describes our suggestion of color communication (more advantageous than manufacturer collections) on the basis of open mathematical standards and shows the perspective that free color could change the world of color: thanks to open spectral […]