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This wonderful book is about color and design, but it is not a book of theory that begins with color wheels, primary colors, secondary colors, and color harmony. Instead, it offers design examples from the past century: Victorian, Art Deco, Sixties, Raves, etc., with each illustration including Cmyk color formulas. Cmyk is the color-processing system used by printers and also Photoshop, i.e., you can add in the Cmyk for any color in the book and duplicate it in Photoshop or other paint programs. Along with design examples, there are also chapters on current color styles, limited colors, and "bad color," which actually is pretty cool. Designers will love this book for the examples; others can simply select great colors that go together.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I like this book, it has a good layout and some nice colour schemes, though felt that it could have been better if it offered more schemes per section. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Thomas H. Robinson
This book is a wonderful quick reference for illustrators hoping to capture the feeling of a particular era with color. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2006 by Heather Castles
I love this book, it makes my life so much easier coming up with color combinations that work. The best part is that it covers over a century's worth of color schemes, from dark... Read morePublished on June 14 2002
This book fulfilled every expectation I had prior to its arrival, that is - it's not a color theory book in any way. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Gustavo Santos
Rather than just show color combinations in a vacuum, this book uses real examples from different design periods to demonstrate the use of color. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001 by FKC
I bought this book as an idea resource and was quickly sorely dissapointed. This book is full of bland, boring and downright ugly color combinations. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2001
This book is a neat collection of color combinations from different eras, complete with CMYK color codes. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by Adam F. Jewell
There is very little of value in this book.
The author has compiled color combinations that she has found in the world around us, and she has even gone so far as to give... Read more
This book is more useful than any other swatchbook I've owned. The reader is guided, era by era, through a color history, with an interesting and often humorous analysis. Read morePublished on March 29 2000 by David Gross