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comments on color workshop

In Experiments on May 10, 2010 by nameplace

After taking the Color Workshop course, I have become much more aware of color schemes than I was before. I can choose color more systematically and can create more interesting palettes too. Before taking this class, the concept of color harmony confused me greatly and I didn’t understand what it meant when colors were harmonious among many other points on color, which I understand better now. Because we explored color through various mediums outside of digital and managing our color choices digitally, I can certainly apply the knowledge I gained in my future work, and in general, I see myself being much more deliberate in working with the range of color in the future.

How I approach color has changed over the past 15 weeks because I am more aware of working with color in groups. I look at other designers work and can better see why they might have chosen to work with the colors they did. When I notice something that isn’t designed, particularly groups of objects within my field of vision, I think about ways that color relationships might be improved. In general, working with color has not only benefited my understanding of it but also my awareness of other design elements as well and I can see much better.



color palette graveyard

In Experiments on April 30, 2010 by nameplace

this post is in memory of the color palettes that died before they were born…

and those which were named but also died prematurely…

and these whose homes were destroyed and they went too…


new pattern applications

In Experiments on April 30, 2010 by nameplace


marionette-inspired patterns

In Experiments on April 26, 2010 by nameplace


prism studies

In Experiments on April 20, 2010 by nameplace

i took some photos of CDs and loved the colorful shapes that resulted!

so i extracted them

and experimented with a couple of compositions


colored triangle light studies

In Experiments on April 18, 2010 by nameplace

these triangles are from way back when we were working on color wheels. i took photographs from slightly different angles, with and without a flash and with incandescent light turned on/off. it was dark outside at the time.

For each photo, I selected a pixel in an area of each triangle that i thought best represented the overall color in the photo. The three on top are relatively the same, with just a slight difference in angle with light and a flash. The fourth is with light and no flash; the fifth image is no light and the flash on.

I copied the swatches at the bottom from the sets next to each case.

So it’s sort of a light-based color study with the ColorAid triangles.

This photo reminds me of a graphic design trend from the 80s


car palette

In Experiments on April 18, 2010 by nameplace

black, white, a neutral, a metallic and (nearly) complementary colors!