Talk:Cambridge Blue (colour)

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Have it on an email from the secretary of CUBC. Need to get something a bit more official. Will probably be in the minutes of CUBC or something. --Mrh30 07:34, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Caius Blue[edit]

Is Cambridge Blue chosen for being Caius Blue, and there being several Caius oarsmen in the Cambridge crew in the first Boat Race? 01:19, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Short answer, no that's an urban myth. --Mrh30 (talk) 21:54, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Pantone 557[edit]

The Cambridge style guide here[1] clearly states that Cambridge Blue is Pantone 557 C, (163, 193, 173) or #99cccc #a3c1ad (source has been updated to this web colour, rather than the previous web-safe version). (Also, Pantone 284 is approximated by #6699ff not #99ccff). I have updated the article accordingly. OrangeDog (talkedits) 23:53, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

See also the discussion at Talk:University_of_Cambridge#Colour_of_Cambridge_Blue
I've reverted your change - the reference only applies to printed media for official university purposes. I see no indication that it is anything other than an approximation for the sports colour (for example, when printing, they probably want to restrict themselves to "mainline" Pantone shades). Bluap (talk) 02:16, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
There's no such thing as "mainline Pantone shades". The source clearly states that Pantone 557 is "Cambridge Blue". Given that it's the only source we have, and there's no reason to second-guess it, I will revert the article back to a verified form. The burden of proof is on others who wish to claim that it is some other colour. OrangeDog (τε) 12:40, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
You have to consider the scope of the source. It is intended to provide a uniform "image" for the university when communicating with the public (i.e. the corporate identity). I see nothing in the source that says that it is applicable to sports teams (in particular, it does not support the statement "The colour as used by the Rugby club (and generally) is Pantone 557". I do agree, that it does supply a good reference for the colour used in university publications etc. As a compromise, I have removed the previous un-cited colours for the sports teams. Bluap (talk) 01:28, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
I have checked some CUBC rowing blades against a Pantone colour chart, and the colour matches the university's guidelines (557) very well.--Jwshale (talk) 12:38, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it. However, it doesn't alter the fact that the term "Cambridge Blue" is intrinsically tied with the sports teams of Cambridge University. The "university guidelines" are simply guidelines on the corporate identity. These guidelines are relatively new, and was issued from the central administration. Given the federated nature of the university, the central administration has extremely little authority over the sports clubs. The close colour match is almost certainly because the central administration chose their shade blue to match the Boat Club blue, which is probably the most famous exposure of the colour. I suspect that it probably does not match the Rugby Club "blue" (which to my eyes is actually a green). In summary, I'm happy for the university guidelines for printed material to be included as a source in the article. However, we need to be careful not to mis-represent it as including the sporting colours within its scope. Bluap (talk) 16:21, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── There are problems, though, in the Pantone translations, too. (At least) the following possibilities seem to exist:

Hex RGB S% V% C% M% Y% K% Source
#8CC1B5 166 27 76 27 0 6 24 Cambridge, Colour guidelines, pp. 2, 4, 5 ("15", "17", "18") Colour rendered by Adobe Reader X on Win7 for "Pantone 557" swatches (captioned "Cambridge Blue")
#8CDE9C 132 37 87 45 13 39 0 Cambridge, Colour guidelines, p. 4 ("17") CMYK values given for "Pantone 557"
#A3C1AD 140 16 76 16 0 10 24 Cambridge, Colour guidelines, p. 5 ("18") RGB values given for "Pantone 557" (web-safe values ignored as they are less precise by definition), ORIGINS OF THE CAMBRIDGE BLUE, p. 11, "Cam admin" RGB values ("CYMK" values are nonsense), Encycolorpedia
#9BBEA9 144 18 75 18 0 11 25 ORIGINS OF THE CAMBRIDGE BLUE, p. 11, "CUBC NCS S 2020-G"

RGB values ("CYMK" values are nonsense)

#91BAA3 146 22 73 22 0 12 27 "Pantone 557" according to swatch on Pantone site
#9AC2B9 166 21 76 21 0 5 24 "Pantone 557" from alt source 1 of Pantone swatches
#98BAAC 155 18 73 18 0 8 27 "Pantone 557" from alt source 2 of Pantone swatches

As someone else noted, it seems none of these should really be called "blue". #8CC1B5 and #9AC2B9 are the closest (at 166°), but are still well counter-clockwise (on the green side) of cyan (180°) in the HSV color model.—[AlanM1(talk)]— 20:09, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Not blue[edit]

Forgive me, but how is this a shade of blue in any sense of the word?Cromulant (talk) 06:11, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

It's not red, orange, yellow, white, black or purple. Nor is it definitely green. OrangeDog (τ • ε) 15:36, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Can someone add a link from the words "Oxford blue" to that article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:40, 26 November 2012 (UTC)