Colour Design

1st Edition

Theories and Applications

Editors: J Best
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845699727
eBook ISBN: 9780857095534
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 6th June 2012
Page Count: 672
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Part I: Colour and colour perception

Chapter 1: What is colour?


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Visible light

1.3 Organising colours

1.4 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Variability in normal and defective colour vision: consequences for occupational environments


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Vision information channels

2.3 The concept of the luminous efficiency function

2.4 Photoreceptor contrasts and the CIE (x,y) chromaticity chart

2.5 Individual differences in colour vision

2.6 Methods of assessing colour vision loss

2.7 Anomaloscope variability in the parameters of the yellow match

2.8 Colour assessment and diagnostics (CAD) test

2.9 Colour in occupational environments

2.10 Colour in healthcare

2.11 Conclusions

2.12 Sources of further information and advice

2.13 Acknowledgements

Chapter 3: Colour illusions and the human visual system


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Illusions in the context of the human visual system

3.3 From isolated colour to colour in context: some experiments

3.4 Examples of the different groups of colour illusions

3.5 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Colour psychology: the emotional effects of colour perception


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Colour preference: the longitudinal perspective 1970–2009

4.3 Colour and psycho-physiological arousal

4.4 Colour and subjective time estimation

4.5 Colour and the subjective feeling of warmth

4.6 Conclusions and further reading

Chapter 5: Understanding colour perception and preference


5.1 Introduction

5.2 The origins and uses of colour vision

5.3 Colour preference in humans

5.4 Colour prefer


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.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding the use of colour in textiles
  • Discusses the application of colour across a vast range of industries
  • Chapters cover the theories, measurement and description of colour, forecasting colour trends and methods for design enhancement


Designers, color technologists, color quality inspectors, product developers and anyone who uses color in their work; academics and students studying color and design.


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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

About the Editors

J 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