NCS - The Natural Colour System

NCS is the understandable international colour order system for colour selection, specification, communication and the control of colour in design, architecture, research, marketing and manufacturing. It is based on how people see colour.

The logical colour notation system builds on how humans see colour; a notation represents a specific colour precept and describes the colour visually. It is not dependant on the limitations caused by pigments, light rays or nerve signals.

The Swedish government took the initiative on colour determination and classification in the 1950s and what has evolved is the NCS, which has become the international standard for colour classification. South Africa is compliant; the South African Standard (SANS 1091), which adopts NCS, was enabled in 2004. For additional information
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NCS in South Africa

NCS is now the national standard for South Africa. Most manufacturers should be able to match the system, given that it is based on how the human eye perceives colour. Contact Standards South Africa (a division of the SABS)

Lisa Taylor

lisa-taylor-profile-smLisa Taylor has been active in the South African architectural, design and décor scene for many years providing analysis and forecasting information to leading manufacturers within those industries.
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01 Jan, 2016
Upcoming Courses in 2016

We offer courses anywhere in Africa - please e-mail with your request and we will gladly set up a course in your area.

International use of colour in Architecture
Advanced NCS Colour Course

Use of colour in International Architecture - Upcoming dates

Tuesday 26 July 2016 in Stellenbosch

Wednesday 10 August 2016 in Durban

Wednesday 14 September 2016 in Durban

Tuesday 20 September 2016 in Cape Town

Wednesday 12 October 2016 in Durban

Wednesday 2 November 2016 in Johannesburg

Friday 12 November 2016 in McGregor along with Slow Wine Weekend 

Tuesday 22 November 2016 in Cape Town

Friday 11 February 2017 in McGregor along with Slow Wine Weekend 

Advanced Colour Design - Upcoming dates

Wednesday 27 July 2016
in Stellenbosch

Wednesday 21 September 2016 in Cape Town

Thursday 3 November 2016 in Johannesburg

Wednesday 23 November 2016 in Cape Town

CONTACT NCS Colour Centre SA

NCS Colour Centre SA
P.O.Box 1038, Robertson, Western Cape, 6705, South Africa

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 900 7909