Three Primary Colors

Three Primary Colors is a collaboration between OK Go and Sesame Street explaining the basics of color theory in stop-motion. Try to watch this without smiling.

(via Brain Pickings)

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  1. :)

  2. Yeah, too bad this is not really true. Just like 21st century education should teach everyone to type, we could consider teaching everyone that red-yellow-blue is just one of the color wheels. Red-green-blue and cyan-yellow-magenta are both other equally-valid and key-to-living-adult-lives-tday as the one we are taught as a kid. Those could be taught in junior high and high school. R-Y-B really only works with little kid paints, if then.

  3. On one hand, that’s actually really cute… But it’s just not true!

  4. Of course it’s true.

    Designers…

  5. Red, yellow and blue. My country’s flag. :)

  6. It’s got a bit of the 1970′s early Sesame Street feel about it.

    Ah the good old days.

  7. This made me smile too. :)
    This makes me go from liking OK GO to loving them.

  8. more like try not to get this stuck in your head!! ;)

  9. This makes my eyes bleeding. Wrong colors…

  10. @Jen Simmons

    “Just like 21st century education should teach everyone to type, we could consider teaching everyone that red-yellow-blue is just one of the color wheels.”

    Oh, c’mon. This is for kids! Didn’t you agree they had start with something before discussing color wheels, hue and stuff?

  11. Couldn’t agree more Sven. Kids can learn through their own hands on interaction with paint. Isn’t that a great place to start? I can’t imagine an everyday scenario where preschoolers can mix light. Let kids be kids for Pete’s sake.

  12. Funny. I think this leaves a bigger impression on me than it does on my four year old Oliver. Uber-cute!

  13. I teach high school physics, and I have to un-teach “red-yellow-blue” to my students every year. I purchased cyan magenta and yellow paint, and we mix these just like little kids in kindergarten mix red yellow blue, and we get fabulous results.

    Does anybody out there have an ink jet printer that required red yellow and blue ink? I don’t think so, unless the red is magenta and the blue is cyan.

    There is no reason to teach kids “wrong”.

    They also are all playing with modern technology now, so they should know that every TV, iPad, cell phone, etc. is based on red/green/blue.

    So now OK Go has made my life more difficult for the next 15 years!

  14. @Mr. Physics

    Relax, there aren’t just one truth. So you don’t have to un-teach anybody.

  15. We teach RYB, CMYK & RGB side by side but to secondary students! There’s nothing wrong about this video apart from it’s just a bit ugly. Surely all that effort could have made it just a bit more beautiful than lads standing around like they’ve just been kicked out of wiggles school.

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