This system is an exploration into ways of referencing colors whereby the name and symbol for each color act as a signifier of its RGB composition. The aim of this system is to bridge the gap between subjective color-naming conventions ( “salmon” or “brick red”) and non-subjective color identification systems (such as RGB and hexadecimal number systems).
The color system is based on additive light and each color can be described in terms of the amount of Red, Green, and Blue that it is comprised of. To further relate it to color systems that are currently in place, I chose to use hexadecimal notation alongside the SiKiNi notation for examples on this page.
The following roots may be used to create color names:
1) Choose the root that corresonds to the amount of Red that is present (note that this system outlines higher level naming and estimations of percentages may be used. All roots for Red begin with the letter “s”, followed by a second letter indicating the amount.
2) Choose the root that corresponds to the amount of Green present. All roots for Green begin with the letter “k”, followed by second letter indicating the amount.
3) Choose the root that corresponds to the amount of Blue. All roots for Blue begin with the letter “n” followed by second letter indicating the amount. Note: if the color does not contain any amount of Red, Green, or Blue, you do not have include it in the name.
The pronunciation was specifically developed so that each phonetically indicates the amount they represent. Lower values produce a lower tone when spoken (such as the “ ō ”, pronounced “oh”. ) , whereas higher values produce a higher tone (such as the “ ī”, pronounced “eye”).
The symbols for each color are used as a visual signifier of its RGB composition. They also act as an aid in understanding the relationships between colors in various color schemes. The 4 most basic (higher level) groups are listed below along with their associated colors. The first group is comprised of the symbols for Red, Green, and Blue, and each group that follows becomes increasngly specific in noting the percentage of (RGB) that make up each color.