- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Rockport Publishers (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159253192X
- ISBN-13: 978-1592531929
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color Design Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design
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About the Author
Terry Lee Stone is a design management consultant, educator and writer based in Los Angeles. Stone currently consults to various design firms, including BMW Group Designworks USA. In addition to practicing professionally, Terry teaches at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Stone has been on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami, where she also served as the chapter’s president. She served nationally as the president of the AIGA Chapter President’s Council.
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If you are looking for:
- A deep discussion of color theory with specific examples of what works and what does not or
- Insights from industry about how the choice of colors can affect production costs, choice of material, etc or
- Information about tools that can help with color selection, matching or proofing,
DON'T buy this book.
This book is about color palettes only and its approach is to give you lots of examples from the real world, from which *you* must build your own understanding of color. As a survey of the use of color by many well-known designers for clients of all kinds, this book excels. The most valuable parts are not the examples themselves, but the text accompanying them where the designers outline the reasons for their choices. All this is perhaps clear from the title, but I didn't think so.
A severe shortcoming of this book is it provides no examples where a choice of colors failed--for whatever reason.
Since readers have consistently criticized Rockport's use of the word "Workbook" for books in this series, let me suggest a way of looking at it that justifies it. The way I used this book was to go through an example, look at every line, fill, shading or photograph and use the color palette in several ways in some designs I cooked up-- constantly experimenting--until I felt I understood how those colors interacted and changed their overall feel. That's the workbook aspect that totally worked for me so I have no problems with this book being called a "Workbook".
If you regularly read graphic design sites/blogs, you won't find anything new in this book. But if you are starting on the path to understanding color in graphic design, this is a great resource.