Communication through Color

We have developed a system of communication that allows the users to transmit information at a distance of over 600 yards using only a a paired set of 7 colored cards. Our system is non-letter based, requiring only simple color combinations to communicate words and phrases. With the common college student in mind, we concieved our system using words and phrases heard everyday on campus. We wanted a system that would be easy for people to use while still allowing complexity of expression.


Our system:

  • Yes

  • Green

  • No

  • Black

  • Danger

  • Red

  • Safe

  • Green + Green

  • Hello

  • Yellow

  • Goodbye

  • Yellow + Yellow

  • Thank you

  • Yellow + Yellow crossing over head

  • Repeat

  • Red + Red crossing over head

  • Past

  • Brown + Brown crossing over head

  • Future

  • Blue + Blue crossing over head

  • Yards

  • Green + Yellow

  • Food

  • White

  • Water

  • Blue

  • Shelter

  • Brown

  • Library

  • Brown + Brown

  • Muni

  • Blue + White

  • Phone

  • White + White

  • Gerry

  • Red + Red

  • Nate

  • Orange + Orange

  • Time

  • Green + Black

  • Class

  • Red + White

  • ?

  • Black + Black

  • 1

  • Black plus swing card in pendulum motion over head 1 time.

  • 2

  • " " 2 times.

  • 3

  • " " 3 times.

  • 4

  • " " 4 times.

  • 5

  • " " 5 times.

  • 6

  • " " 6 times.

  • 7

  • " " 7 times.

  • 8

  • " " 8 times.

  • 9

  • " " 9 times.

  • Break

  • Black card with forward motion

  • AM

  • Orange

  • PM

  • Orange + Red

  • North

  • Black + Blue

  • East

  • Black + Red

  • West

  • Black + Orange

  • South

  • Black + White

  • What

  • Black + Black crossing over head

  • Where

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head

  • When

  • White + White crossing over head

  • Why

  • Red + Red crossing over head

  • Gerry is that you?

  • Red + Red and then Black + Black

  • Nate is that you?

  • Orange + Orange and then Black + Black

  • Where is food?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, White and then Black + Black

  • Where is Muni?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, Blue + White and then Black + Black

  • Where is the Library?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, Brown + Brown and then Black + Black

  • Where is shelter?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, Brown and then Black + Black

  • What time is it?

  • Black + Black crossing over head, Green + Black and then Black + Black

  • Where is water?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, Blue and then Black + Black

  • Where is a phone?

  • Orange + Orange crossing over head, White + White and then Black + Black

  • Nate, do you have food?

  • Orange + Orange, white and then Black + Black

  • Gerry, do you have food?

  • Red + Red, white and then Black + Black

  • Nate, do you have water?

  • Orange + Orange, Blue and then Black + Black

  • Gerry, do you have water?

  • Red + Red, Blue and then Black + Black

  • Nate, do you have class?

  • Orange + Orange, Red + White and then Black + Black

  • Gerry, do you have class?

  • Red + Red, Red + White and then Black + Black

  • What time is class?

  • Black + Black crossing over head, Green + Black and then Red + White

  • Please repeat that?

  • Red + Red crossing over head.

  • What time are you going to eat?

  • Black + Black crossing over head, Green + Black and then white

  • What time did you get up?

  • Black + Black crossing over head, Green + Black and Orange

  • What time are you going to sleep?

  • Black + Black crossing over head, Green + Black and Orange + Red

  • Is there danger?

  • Red and then Black + Black

  • Is it safe?

  • Green + Green and then Black Plus Black?

  • Wait!

  • Black + Black

  • I don't understand.

  • Black + Black crossing over your head

  • Nate come here.

  • Orange + Orange, then Red + Red

  • Gerry come here.

  • Red + Red, then your symbol

  • Thank You

  • Yellow + Yellow crossing over head

  • Should we get an A

  • All colors in our hands crossing over our head.


    - Gerry Sevenau and Nate Levine