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Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design
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This is actually more of a textbook than a workbook. But it's not a bad thing and you'll see why.

Foundation concepts for colors are explained. That's the RGB, CMYK and HSV models, color harmony and color meanings.

Chapter 4 is probably the workbook part although they don't exactly give out step by step lesson guides. Chapter 4 is on the 10 rules of colours that should be used for reference when choosing colours. There are however a few lists that describe workflows when creating a palette.

This book essentially teaches through examples and explaining the color concepts behind those examples. The explanation is very clear and that's where most of the learning is going to be. Finally, there are 16 case studies at the end of the book, with the designers talking about the use of colours in their project.

Colors is about experimentation. Every design is unique and has their own set of limitation.

A nice thing about this book is that it has lots of interesting quotes. Such as:

In order to use colour effectively it is necessary to recognize that colour deceives continually. - Josef Albers

In a physical sense, there really is no such thing as color, just light waves of different wavelengths.

Research reveals that all human beings make an unconscious judgment about a person, environment, or item within ninety seconds of initial viewing and that between 62 percent of that assessment is based on color alone. - The Institute of Color Research

This book is perfect for people who want to see examples of how people apply the color concepts to their work.

Here's the list of chapters:

1. What is Color? Apparent Color, The Properties of Color
2. Color Theory. History of Color Theory, Color Harmony
3. Color Meaning. Color Index
4. 10 Rules of Colors
4.1 Convey Information
4.2 Create Color Harmony
4.3 Attract and Hold Attention
4.4 Remember That Context is Everything
4.5 Consider That Experimentation Is Key
4.6 Know That People See Color Differently
4.7 Assist in Mnemonic Value
4.8 Think About Composition
4.9 Use Standardized Color Systems
4.10 Understand Limitations
5. Color Systems
5.1 Thinking About Color Systems
5.2 Color Systems in Art and Design History
5.3 Some Inspiration for a Sample of AdamsMorioko's Palettes
5.4 11 Color Systems
6. Color Talk. Talking About Color in Design
7. 16 Case studies

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Color Design Workbook is an introduction to colour theory, colour design and the emotional impact of colour which is about 1/2 information and 1/2 case studies supported by commentary. As such, it goes significantly further than most introductory guides in terms of what colour does and how to work with it. It also has a wealth of cutaway boxes giving additional snippets of information that are highly useful if you never happened to pick them up on the way. Overall, this is the best introductory book on colour I've seen, although it falls short of technical assessments of colour management in the digital world.

There are many books on colour, and even more general design books with a section on colour. This one covers all the basics -- additive and subtractive colour, colour theory and sample colour combinations -- but it goes beyond most of the books by giving a guide to emotional impact (although this covers only nine colours -- Black, White, Gray, Green, Purple, Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue) and compositional principles which apply specifically to colour design. It also covers the most important colour illusions, such as after-imaging.

Memorising everything in this book will not make you an expert on any particular part of colour design, but it will definitely give you a much broader understanding of all the issues in colour design than any other comparable book. To go much deeper, you will really need to go to specialist works on the particular areas of your interest.

Mercifully, less than half of this book is given over to case studies. Although case studies are always interesting and have an illustrative value, they don't have the same unique value in the internet-enabled world that they did in the 90s when it was hard to get hold of samples from lesser known brands.

Overall, this is a very attractively designed book which has a great deal to offer.

Warmly recommended.
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on 12 March 2015
Very detailed book. Good for source material . I have used sections with my students.
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on 22 June 2009
This is a wonderful guide to colour and it's use. It has helped me tremendously in my Graphic Design work. A must have for all designers. Excellent explanations/theory to each colour and their use. Some really good examples of design work.
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on 17 February 2013
This colour design workbook is very useful and very insightful. It's also very good quality and is a must-have for all designers and illustrators!
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on 29 October 2014
I find it very useful when need some inspiration on designs and also choosing the right colours. Great book!
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on 26 March 2013
Great book, love it, well worth a look if you're a designer. Some good colour ways and a great read.
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on 31 May 2013
Does what it says on the tin (or the cover), the guide is excellent, up to date and very useful.
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on 4 March 2015
A well received gift
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on 2 May 2013
Great book. If you proclaim to be a Graphic Designer and you do not own this book... well.... I suggest that you buy it as quick as you can because understanding and applying the right colours to your designs is, as you will know, a very important part of the design process.
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