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The Color Revolution (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)
The Color Revolution (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)
by Regina Lee Blaszczyk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $31.06
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening exegesis of industrial usage of color, January 28, 2013
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In the early 80s, Philip Meggs wrote a History of Graphic Design that changed how all graphic designers saw their place in the world. The Color Revolution does similar work for the general subject of color theory as taught in art and design schools, and surprises us with the history of color standards in fashion and product design. The revolution Ms. Blaszczyk writes about may not seem revolutionary to us in the teens of the twenty first century, but she makes her case well. The subject of color theory is filled with folklore and conjecture and rarely receives the kind of serious study presented to us here. I hope she has another book up her sleeve soon.

Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
by Leatrice Eiseman
Edition: Hardcover
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pantone: the Twentieth Century in Color, February 19, 2012
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I teach color theory in a major design school in California, and I have been eager to find a good source of decade by decade palette information for the 20th century. I am sad to say that this isn't that book. It is written from a fashion point of view, with grand sounding pronouncements about arbitrarily chosen artifacts. And, it is a Pantone book, so its primary purpose is to promote Pantone (A system invented in 1963, two thirds of the way through the 20th century), rather than provide insight into why certain hue combinations became popular. There is some visual entertainment to be found here, to be sure, but overall this is a lost opportunity.
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