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Colorist: A Practical Handbook for Personal and Professional Use Paperback – March 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770023235
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770023230
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


SHIGENOBU KOBAYASHI graduated from Hiroshima College of Technology and received his master's degree from Waseda University for his work in the field of color psychology. In 1966, he founded the Nippon Color & Design Research Institute (NCD) and has since become a leader in the field of color psychology. Kobayashi is the author of over 30 books on color in the Japanese language, with total sales in excess of 400,000 copies. Colorist is his third English-language publication, following A Book of Colors (1967) and Color Image Scale (1991). Kobayashi is also an active participant of the International Color Association (AIC) and a lecturer at the graduate school of the Musashi Institute of Technology.

THE NIPPON COLOR & DESIGN RESEARCH INSTUTUTE (NCD) acts as a color and design consultant firm to over 300 major Japanese corporations in fields as diverse as automobiles, home appliances, cosmetics, food, department stores, and home construction. Along with its theories on the psychology of color, the institute's Color Image Scale has been applied to numerous projects, and software based on the image scale has been developed.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Color choices may not be easy but they are doable if you follow the process outlined in this book.
'Colorist' is a fascinating insight into how and why color affects us and our impressions of the world. It abounds with images from nature, architecture, art and products.
It is not a simple book to immediately apply but it offers a workable process which relies on an excellent understanding of what is required from the color scheme being prepared. By applying the book's principles it is possible to develop both appropriate color schemes and the rationale behind why these are the right color choices!
I felt that some of the language suffered from being translated from Japanese but on the whole the book is well written and follows a logical progression identifying the various elements that need to go into making successful color choices.
If color is an important element of your life, whether at home or work, this book will help you identify your color prejudices and the right color combinations for a particular project. Overall a good buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Tiede VINE VOICE on April 4, 2011
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Two other reviewers suggested, "Might have been better in the original Japanese," and I discounted what they said. After all, it's a color book, right? Not quite. Truly, it might have been more clear in the original Japanese, which I don't read. Also, it's tiny--5x7--and the example pictures and swatches and some of the text is tiny, which together make it hard for me to enjoy this book the way I had hoped to.

The "favorite color test" in the beginning is interesting and worth the price of the book. I couldn't follow the rest. (Incidentially, I just noticed that the author's choice of illustrations for October and November colors (Central NC; would be Sept-Oct north of here) is VERY different from what we would use as "typical" colorways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Fish on April 13, 2012
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This is a designers reference and self help book. It was referred to me by one of my professors.

From what I can see, the book has an interesting concept to try and get a designer to "see".

Cons:
This is a small book and therefore the print and images within it are very small. It isn't a book that you would sit down to read cover to cover and even for reference, you had better get out the magnifying glass.
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I've used this professionally for recommending color schemes to clients. To my knowledge, there is no other book like it.
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