Colour Design

Theories and Applications

Edited by

  • J Best, Colour Management Consultant, UK

Given its importance in analysing and influencing the world around us, an understanding of colour is a vital tool in any design process. Colour design provides a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding the use of colour, from the fundamental principles of what colour is to its important applications across a vast range of industries.

Part one covers the main principles and theories of colour, focusing on the human visual system and the psychology of colour perception. Part two goes on to review colour measurement and description, including consideration of international standards, approval methods for textiles and lithographic printing, and colour communication issues. Forecasting colour trends and methods for design enhancement are then discussed in part three along with the history of colour theory, dyes and pigments, and an overview of dye and print techniques. Finally, part four considers the use of colour across a range of specific applications, from fashion, art and interiors, to food and website design.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Colour design is an invaluable reference tool for all those researching or working with colour and design in any capacity.
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Designers, color technologists, color quality inspectors, product developers and anyone who uses color in their work; academics and students studying color and design.


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-972-7


An articulate and monumental reference book... An invaluable resource for anyone serious about colour., Selvedge Magazine
This book should have pride of place in any personal or business library where potential readers work in the colour field with an emphasis on textiles, fashion and soft furnishings., Colour Group Australia
The chapters on colour standards and description provide an excellent introduction to the CIE colorimetry system. The book is a testament to the breadth of the field., Coloration Technology

Table of Contents

Part 1 Colour and colour perception: What is colour? Variability in normal and defective colour vision: Consequences for occupational environments; Colour illusions and the human visual system; Colour psychology: the emotional effects of colour perception; Understanding colour perception and preference; Predicting responses to colour. Part 2 Measuring and describing colour: International standards for colour; Colour description and communication; Colour naming for colour communication; Colour specification and visual approval methods for textiles; Colour management and approval methods in lithographic printing. Part 3 Colour, design and coloration: The history of colour theory in art, design and science; Enhancing design using colour; Understanding and forecasting colour trends in design; Colour symmetry: The systematic colouration of patterns and tilings; The history of dyes and pigments: From natural dyes to high performance pigments; Dye types and application methods; Colour printing techniques. Part 4 Colour and design in particular applications: Colour trends and selection in fashion design; Colour in interior design; Colour in food; Choosing effective colours for websites; Evolution and colour change in works of art.