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The Designer's Dictionary of Color

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Designer’s Dictionary of Color provides an in-depth look at 30 colors key to art and graphic design. Organized by spectrum, in color-by-color sections for easy navigation, this book documents each hue with charts showing color range and palette variations. Chapters detail each color’s creative history and cultural associations, with examples of color use that extend fr ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Erika Mulvenna
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
This isn't a scientific or theoretic book about color or color perception, but simply a book meant to explore a few popular colors and color combinations, or palettes.

Normally I can't stand books that are nothing but pages of selected color combinations. But I found this book extremely relaxing to just pick it up and flip through it without any expectations of learning new theories or ideas about color. It's fun to see a few graphic or artistic examples in each color section, and I actually like
Alisa Cupcakeland
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
First of all, you can tell this book was made by a designer because it's graphic organization is very thoughtful and it gives an impression of simmetry that I appreciated and enjoyed. It even feels luxurious, especially in the last section when we can clearly appreciate the fluorescent and metallic colors.

The linguist in me appreciated learning about the etymology of these different colors, and I found the palettes very helpful for someone who would want to start a website or the image of a bran
Jonathon Botts
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

the book was really insightful and fascinating from an artist perspective , the theory on color and cultural meaninging were a piece that was delightful. but diving in deeper into the relationships of each color more , and more in detail on the culural and literal aspects of the colors used. i also want to highlight the great parts of the book, the color examples used by the author : graphic prints from old to modern magazines pop and retro images. sculptures
Richard Magahiz
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in graphic design
I am not a designer but I can admire the selection of graphic works they feature for each of the twenty-seven color families covered in this book to show the varieties of inspiration they can bring to an open-minded professional. I think a non-professional designing something like a document or a website might be able to take some of the palette ideas they feature at the end of each section and come up with a more effective design than they might have come up with on their own. You have to consu ...more
Baki Bora
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not much to read, i've finished it in a day without almost a break. I really like strolling through pages to gather up an idea, gaining myself an intellectual knowledge of design. In this book i've found it with distinct successful design examples in terms of architecture, advertisement, design etc. always be on my mind to see whenever i want to think of something new.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
The design of this book did not work for me.

The tiny type (artistically surrounded by swaths of white space) makes it difficult and time consuming to actually read. I quickly lost interest in trying.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful resource for beginner designers. This book shows the tried and tested winning color combos. If you're feeling experimental as a designer, this wouldn't be up your alley.

I also love that somehow, the color "butter" has its own section.
Sanskriti N. Tiwari
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A deep dive into the meanings associated with colors, how it makes us feel, it's the cultural significance and where and how they are used. It has been illustrated in order to give the reader a clean experience of colors.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lacklustre effort with a very low information to page count ratio. Would have been more appropriately titled Learn the Names of All the Different Colours.
Dallas J. Jaggard
Literally changed the way I view everything. So so worth it.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me parece un libro muy interesante y cuidado, de gran utilidad para diseñadores.
¡Lo recomiendo!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great quick reference text for anyone who builds color palettes professionally
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Informative

I have to have this book. I am so in love with color after reading the book. I will definitely get some of these books for my students.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three stars for rigor of theory & reasoning, five stars for curation of beautiful works of design and art. ...more
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