Through the 6x6x6 Color Cube
Corner to Corner

Select a slice number and background color.

< more white 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 more black >

black | user-defined | white

XXXXXX XXXXXX 0099CC 3366CC 6633CC 9900CC
XXXXXX 00CC99 339999 666699 993399 CC0099
00FF66 33CC66 669966 996666 CC3366 FF0066
33FF33 66CC33 999933 CC6633 FF3333 XXXXXX
66FF00 99CC00 CC9900 FF6600 XXXXXX XXXXXX

Position the cursor over any square to see its hexadecimal code.
Select a square to see text rendered in and placed on the color.


This display was created entirely with table background colors and a single-pixel transparent GIF image that forces table cells into a square shape. To see the colors, you will need to use a browser that displays colored backgrounds in tables, such as Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0 or higher. The pages are optimized for non-graphical browsers as best I can manage: Lynx users, for instance, will see the color names in arrays.


To visualize the interior of the color cube, I have created these "corner to corner" pages, which represent 16 slices of the cube. Instead of slicing parallel to a face, a common method of displaying the color cube, I slice a corner off the cube, using a plane perpendicular to the diagonal that connects the white corner to the black corner. Instead of actually slicing, though, you may imagine that I remove colored cubes layer by layer from the 6x6x6 cube.


Because each slice in this display represents a position along the diagonal of the cube that connects white to black, all the colors on any given slice share the same "value" -- a term used to describe the amount of white or black mixed with a color. You may see some patterns in the color codes that reflect this: One pattern is that the sum of the red, green, and blue values is a constant in each slice.

I find that interesting color harmonies are revealed by looking at these slices. Perhaps another "value" of this visualization is that it offers web designers a way of finding colors that work well together. You can view the colors against a black or white background, or define your browser's background color any way you like and view them against that background. In addition, each colored square is linked to a file that displays text of that color on white, gray, and black backgrounds, as well as white, gray, and black text on the color.


In these pages, imagine you are looking at one of the cube faces, with the white vertex in the upper left corner closest to you, and the black vertex in the lower right corner farthest from your eye. When you slice a corner off a cube, a triangular arrangement of cubes is revealed first, which becomes hexagonal, then triangular again as the slicing plane moves through the cube.

To move through the slices, use the navigation items at the top of the page. To see all the slices at once, visit the full palette, but be patient, because rendering consecutive tables takes a while. Enjoy your trip, and e-mail me if you did!

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William I. Johnston