Design Fundamentals Notes on Color Theory

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  • Copyright: 5/18/2014
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Miss Color Theory class, again? That’s OK. You can borrow our notes.


Lucky for you, we didn’t miss a single class the entire semester so you’ll find all of the important points explained in the notes, along with the class assignments.


Sorry if you can’t read the handwriting sometimes, but there was a lot to cover. We went over all of the basics–how light works, ROYGBIV, RGB, CMYK, color wheels, how to choose colors and compose with colors, all of that stuff.


If it helps, we tried to include a lot of drawings because that’s how we remember things best.


Oh hey, to learn more, just go to the class website at www.design-fundamentals.com  or check out the “Notes on Color” pinner on Pinterest. The instructor put extra projects and exercises on the site, a bunch of cool links, recommended reading, that sort of thing.


Good luck! See you in Visual Elements and Principles of Composition class next semester.


Author Biography

Rose Gonnella is the Executive Director of the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University in Union County and Ocean County, New Jersey, and Wenzhou-Kean University, China (2015). Gonnella has taught graphic design for over 25 years including courses in design theory and materials and techniques. She currently serves on the executive board of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ); is the Director of the Kean University/ADCNJ "Thinking Creatively" design conference; and she also directs and guides Kean Cre8tive, the RB/School of Design in-house graphic design studio. As co-author, Gonnella has contributed research and writing to seven books and has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on creativity, art, and architecture, and design.

Table of Contents

Section 1:
1. Light, Energy, & Color
2. Human Eyes See Color
3. Illuminating Colors

Section 2:
Systems & Vocabulary
4. Color Names & Classifications
5. Color Theories
6. Artful Inspirations

Section 3:
Designing with Color in Mind
7. Interactions of Color
8. Composing with Colors
9. Cultural and Emotional Connections

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