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Pattern and Palette Sourcebook 3: A Complete Guide to Choosing the Perfect Color and Pattern in Design (v. 3) Paperback – December 31, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; Pap/Cdr edition (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592534945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592534944
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gillian Blease is a freelance illustrator based in London, UK. She studied Fine Art at university and worked as an artist for a number of years. Clients include The British Council, Random House Publishing and BBC Worldwide. She is a weekly contributor to the The Guardian Newspaper. Blease has become well known for her pattern designs in recent years (regarding it as the perfect combination of discipline and freedom) and considers this strand in her career an antidote to the current affairs and contemporary issues she illustrates on a daily basis.


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I plan to return the other book I purchased since I did not open the cd.
Sam
I love it, and am really excited to start putting these color combos to good use in my designs whether fabric, graphic design, or card making.
Susy
I highly recommend it for artists of all types - illustrators, painters, and fiber artists.
Francie Horton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francie Horton on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Several days ago I received Pattern and Palette Sourcebook 3: A Complete Guide to Choosing the Perfect Color and Pattern in Design by Gillian Blease. I was totally blown away by what was contained between these two covers.

At first glance you might think it's no big deal. There's no text beyond one introductory page. There's just page after page of rectangles, each with a different pattern and/or color grouping. But upon looking closer you see the genius of it. How the colors play off each other. How the lines and shapes work together to form distinctly modern patterns, some simple and some complex.

As the introduction says:

"... Color can be used to demonstrate many things: mood and tension, warm and cold, density and space. We engage with and respond to color signals in our everyday lives both on a basic level and on a much more subtle and complex level in relation to such factors as environment, activity, or food. It plays an enormous role in how we interpret meaning and function, and for the designer is a powerful tool for communication.

The origins of the patterns in the book can be found in the details of the world around us, from the mundane to the sublime. The palettes for each of the six chapters - Botanics, Mechanics, Utility, Sugar and Spice, Ancient and Modern, and Maritime - reflect color associations both inherent to the subject and as applied by society...

Each of the patterns in the following chapters is reworked a number of times using one or more colors from the palette at the top of the page (author note: CMYK), allowing you to compare different color schemes for each pattern...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Jones on February 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was hoping for editable patterns. Nope. Color combinations are good and helpful, but for the price we should get editable files on the CD enclosed. A big let down for $30!
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I have been wanting to find a book or some type of resource that could help me study good color combination. I've tried studying the color wheel, but this book is better for me because it shows the colors in use in the form of a pattern. I love it, and am really excited to start putting these color combos to good use in my designs whether fabric, graphic design, or card making. I love it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Chien on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's a good idea to offer an flash app to change and test pattern, that's really a good test.
But without a reasonable output method, that sucks.
This book might be a good pattern book, not a friendly pattern sourcebook.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam on August 24, 2009
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I guess I should have read the reviews before purchasing this book, and one other from the series. As a designer I really need editable Illustrator files. Since this book was represented to have a CD I was sure that it did. Not the case here. I guess you are just to use this book as a color reference, which is not the reason I purchased it. There are a lot of cool patterns, but this is a complete waste of my money. I plan to return the other book I purchased since I did not open the cd.
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