An excellent introduction to the theory and practice of colour use in art and design. The text is clearly written, informed by high quality empirical research, and explodes many of the folk myths and defunct theories that surround the subject. The colour charts and interactive exercises are excellent: the student can systematically explore relationships between colours with ease.
The chapters are:
Part 1: Color Use
1. The Vocabulary
2. Color Anomalies, Emotional Response, Symbolism and Trends
3. Relationships Among Colors
4. Combining Colors
5. Color in Designed Products, Installations, and Printing
Part 2: Color Science
6. Science, Color, and Art
7. Light and Color
8. Vision and Color
9. Additive Color Mixture: Mixing Light
10. Subtractive Color Mixture: Mixing Paints
The colour charts comprise one Hue Value/Chroma chart, and ten Hue charts. Each hue chart consists of a grid representing value on the vertical axis (in steps of 2/ from 2.5/ to 8/) and chroma on the horizontal axis ( in steps of /2 from /2 to /14). Each chart contain approximately 21 colour chips, depending on the hue. The interactive charts explore advancing and receeding colours; successive contrast and vibrating boundaries; separated colour; transparency effects; color control; harmonious and balanced colour groups; colour sequences; matt and gloss colors; colour constancy; colour assimilation and optical mixture; and iridescence.
This is one of the best contemporary texts on the theory and practice of colour use. Of course, interested readers will still want to consult classics such as Albers' Interaction of Color and contemporary scientific monographs, but this is an excellent place to start. Five stars without question.