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The New Munsell Student Color Set 3rd Edition 3rd Edition [Ring-bound]

Jim Long
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1 Aug 2011 1609011562 978-1609011567 3rd Revised edition
Whether in a fashion collection, a designed space, or a corporate brand, colour has the power to separate one product or image from everyone else's. The Munsell Color System stresses an understanding of what colour really is and how human beings perceive it. As a practicing artist and teacher, Albert Munsell understood the importance of being able to communicate clearly about colour. The Munsell system is a colour identification and notation system used by artists and designers that identifies colours by alpha numbers rather than by name, avoiding confusion and making communication easier. The endless variations in colour can be defined in the Munsell System by three attributes: hue, value, and chroma. Just as length, width, and height describe a cube, so the amounts of hue, value, and chroma describe a colour.

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  • Ring-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609011562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609011567
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Long is Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding: Highly Recommended 22 Aug 2012
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic book about color theory 10 Feb 2013
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A really good book for getting a basic (and even more) understanding of the Munsell color system. I have used the book as self study, and think the material is good for that as well. There are different excercises for class room eduation, but I never used those...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 21 Nov 2012
By simon
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Great information at a great cost too. The Munsell colour books can cst £700 each, so this is a godsend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time for Practical Use 12 April 2013
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I only got to the first exercise in the book at which point you are meant to add the supplied colour patches to a wheel showing the 10 main colours in the Munsell system. I found that there was no purple-blue patch but there was an additional greenish blue one so that what had to go in the blue position was a shade of green and what went in the purple-blue slot was the blue patch.

There was also a note against the printed N 1/ black patch saying 'Representative sample for N 1/ cannot be achieved in matte finish' - but the N 2/ patch supplied which is supposed to be a lighter shade of black was considerably darker than the printed one! However, the supplied maximum white N 9/ patch was darker than the white paper the book is printed on!!

With such fatally flawed colour reproduction in the supplied colour patches, what confidence can anyone have in the remaining colour patches whose intended colours are not so obvious?!

I bought this book because the Itten book Elements of Colour that I have also has flawed colour reproduction. Apparently the original edition of Elements of Colour had faithfully reproduced colour patches but my later edition did not. It seems that once books like these are established, the publishers no longer take care to maintain the quality of colour reproduction, which defeats the purpose of the books in my opinion, though the Itten book has a lot more useful and practical information.

If you are a commercial artist you may find this book of some use, but if you need something as a kind of reference against which to mix accurate colours, you would be wasting your time with the 3rd edition of this book. It is certainly of little practical use to an oil painter. Maybe earlier editions do not suffer from the flaws I have mentioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Edition is a big improvemnt over previous editions 21 Jun 2012
By Cate F. - Published on
Having taught from the various editions going back to the 1980s, I can say without hesitation that this new one is the very best so far. The book has been so extensively rewritten and revised that it is a different & better book. The use of color illustrations to explain important points adds to its clarity. Even the new notebook cover adds to an appreciation of the changed format. If you have used earlier versions, this is vastly better and well worth the investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Munsell Book 30 July 2012
By RC_ShelbyGT - Published on
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This is a really cool book if you're into design and or are in a design school... Price is really reasonable compared to buying this at your school store.. Really good book and it will come in handy in the future if you're in the design industry.... Bad thing is, you have to put the colors together and glue them in (rubber cement), but I guess that's how you learn! Go and buy this Munsell Color Book! You won't be disappointed! It runs over $100 at some locations!
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3.0 out of 5 stars missing two colors 28 Jan 2013
By Sarah Sumner - Published on
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This set was suppposedly unopened but it was missing two colors in the YR Range. Bummer. I hope you can send me a new set of YR colors so I can get the missing ones placed on there.
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook for me classs 26 Mar 2014
By Gao Vang - Published on
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It's a good book packed with information. What I like best is the activities in the book. It really helped me to understand things a lot better.
4.0 out of 5 stars a keeper 28 Jan 2014
By Sid - Published on
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Great book for color swatches and will need this as a future reference when I have a job. Pricey though but that's just textbooks I guess.
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