Colour Design - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081012703, 9780081018897

Colour Design

2nd Edition

Theories and Applications

Editors: Janet Best
eBook ISBN: 9780081018897
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081012703
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 20th June 2017
Page Count: 704
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Table of Contents

Part 1 – Colour vision and colour perception

1. What is colour? 

2. Colour illusions and the human visual system

3. Variability in normal and defective colour vision

4. Colour description and communication

5. Colour naming for colour communication

6. Colour in food

7. Understanding colour perception and preference

8. Colour psychology: the emotional effects of colour perception

9. Colour in health and well-being


Part 2 – Practical application of colour in design

10. Enhancing design using colour 

11. Teaching colour in art and design

12. Understanding and forecasting colour trends in design

13. Colour trends and selection in fashion design

14. Colour in interior design

15. Colour in lighting

16. Lighting evolution - colour schemes for city public spaces

17. Light and colour in architectural design

18. International standards for colour

19. Colour specification and visual approval methods for textiles


Part 3 – Culture, history and development

20. Colour in culture: shifting values, understanding and functions

21. Colour for Architecture - Chromatophobia Chromatophylia and Gender

22. The history of colour theory in art, design and science

23. Cultural background influence on colors of virtual reality games and apps

24. The history of dyes & pigments: from natural dyes to high performing pigments

25. Colour Printing Techniques and New Developments in Colour Printing

26. Choosing effective colours for websites

27. Online colour representation of museum artefacts

28. Colour and sustainability


Colour Design: Theories and Applications, Second Edition, provides information on a broad spectrum of colour subjects written by seasoned industry professionals and academics. It is a multidisciplinary book that addresses the use of colour across a range of industries, with a particular focus on textile colouration.

Part One deals with the human visual system, colour perception and colour psychology, while Part Two focuses on the practical application of colour in design, including specifically in textiles and fashion. Part Three covers cultural and historical aspects of colour, as well as recent developments, addressing areas such as dyes and pigments, architecture, colour theory, virtual reality games, colour printing, website development, and sustainability. This revised, expanded, and updated edition reflects recent technological developments, and new industry priorities.

Bringing together the science of colouration and the more artistic elements of design, this book supports students, academics, and industry professionals in developing a deep knowledge of colour use. It will also be an important reference for those involved in textile dyeing, design and manufacture.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding the use of color in textiles
  • Discusses the application of color across a wide range of industries, supporting interdisciplinary knowledge and research
  • Offers a revised, expanded, and updated look that reflects the rise of new technology and industry priorities


Textile dyers and colourists, academics interested in colour design and theory, and anyone who uses colour in their work


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"This revised, expanded and updated edition reflects recent technological

developments, and new industry priorities. Bringing together the science of colouration and the more artistic element of design, this book supports students, academics and industry professionals in developing a deeper knowledge of colour use." --Asian Technical Textiles, No. 4

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About the Editors

Janet Best Editor

Janet Best is internationally recognised as an expert in global textile colour management. Her work with inspirational designers and leading edge colour technology providers in fashion retail has developed the foundation for a vast international network of colour specialists including artists, designers, architects, colour chemists, scientists, psychologists and educators. Janet’s knowledge and passion for colour allows her to work seamlessly with a wide range of industries and professionals creating many successful entrepreneurial collaborations. Janet’s work is a clear demonstration that ‘colour has no boundaries’ and ‘every business is in the colour business’.

Affiliations and Expertise

Colour Management Consultant, UK