About

What we want

The association freieFarbe wants to promote the color communication. We do not pursue economical aims.

We want to promote developments which

  • make color calculable
  • make color stepless adaptable
  • make color systems comparable
  • simplify color communication
  • generate no licence costs
  • give hints and tips for a cross-medial workflow
  • make the mystery of color understandable

In short: Free color from chains! There are many good approaches for it, this website wants to show and promote them.

We want an open and constructive dialog of possibilities, everyone can take part.


Example: Resedagreen needs freeColor

Reinhard Zerfaß, grafodesign Trendelburg

If a graphic designer has to implement determined color specifications of a customer in various media, it is not always as easy as thought. Surely it is possible to display any color tone in RGB on the computer, but problems can often occur in the realisation of the material output. Manufacturers do not make every color available as a ready-to-use ink or paint.

For example, we take the varnish color RAL 6011 which is popular in the machine industry. This color can be recreated in RGB, but converting it to a printing ink is not possible. Why?

  • There is no possibility to choose RAL colors on the computer without special software.
  • The given color libraries just have exotic color systems and HKS and Pantone.
  • HKS would be the right choice for print, but the intended tone is not part of the collection.

And now? One possibility is to recreate RAL 6011 from Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The other one is to buy special software for conversion.

This example shows that color (or more precisely: specific color) cannot easily be converted and exported.

The aim of freieFarbe is to make every color tone supplier-independently convertible so it can be used on every material and surface.


Founders

 

Jürgen Opitz
Architect, specialist planner for colors


The digital technologies for the development of color ideas and design, their presentation, communication, and production have the potential for a revolutionary paradigm shift in the culture of colors. In the conception the computer allows extreme sensibility almost without technical problems, and in the production a maximum of precision is technically possible. But between these two ends of the production chain, individual interests have set a vast and never comprehensive but cost-intensive interim solution, similar to the customs boundary in times of the feudalism.

The ideal workflow of designing should go straight from the computer monitor to the production without special software, without different compromises from the concept with manufacturer collections, without licence regulations, in freedom.

My task in “FreieFarbe” I see in showing the chances of the relatively young technology with new design strategies and in engaging for the access to the advantages of a consistent and universal communication and production chain in the colors.

Reinhard Zerfaß
Werbeagentur grafodesign


As a commercial artist, photographer and videographer, I am surrounded with colors the whole day. Color is the perfect design medium for me to express feelings. Besides image composition and page layout, I can use targeted colors to express joy, grief, excitement and sentiment. My work always has a visual language which I want to convey to the viewer with color or a determined color selection.

But how to use color? How is it possible to maintain an exact color from recording to completed print? How can I influence the colors that my desired design is portrayed as I want to?

Exciting questions, which are only workable with FreieFarbe.

Peter Jäger
pre2media GmbH

Cross-media is extremly fashionable. But what type of data do I get from graphic designers, photographers and layout artists? Are the files really media-neutral and prepared for cross-medial publication? Who advises the customer in this questions? Is this the processing in a printing shop?

Finding answers to all these questions together with the team of FreieFarbe, this is what I am looking forward to.

Video-Download: why do I support freieFarbe?

Holger Everding
dtp studio oldenburg


In over 20 years of color software production I found out: with none of the usual color systems it is possible to work really free. But there would be much better ways!

Eric A. Soder
polygrafix.ch


As a photographer and media designer, I want a controlled and precise handling of colours. This does not only require end-to-end colour management but ideally also a fundamentally media-neutral definition of colour. In my opinion, proprietary and process-specific approaches are out-dated in the digital world. Instead of that, a colour system based on CIELAB or HLC will let us specify colours universally and make them precisely reproducible.

Registered association

Since October 2016, we are recognised under German law and registered as a charitable organization.

Engage in a good thing: Support us or become a member. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible.

Download the corresponding documents here: articles of association and membership form.


FreeColour or FreeColor?

Both! As color liberation is important worldwide, some prefer the American spelling “color”. With the domain name “freecolour.org”, we selected the British/international variant for reasons of availability and due to our European domicile.