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Color In Art & Design

Explore color theory and the use of color in art and design.

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This guide exists to help you explore color theory and the use of color in art and design. It's a great place to start if you are unfamiliar with the topic or to continue building your expertise. 

Get Inspired

The subject of color is complex and amazing. It offers an intersection of art/design and science that is hard to resist exploring. Here are a couple things to inspire you as you begin your travels through the world of color:

The Effect of Color - PBS

From the Web series Off Book, this episode offers a fascinating exploration of different angles to the color story.


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Radiolab Podcast - Colors (Season 10 Episode 13)

A mind-bending, witty journey through the universe of color. Here's the description from the website:

"To what extent is color a physical thing in the physical world, and to what extent is it created in our minds? We start with Sir Isaac Newton, who was so eager to solve this very mystery, he stuck a knife in his eye to pinpoint the answer. Then, we meet a sea creature that sees a rainbow way beyond anything humans can experience, and we track down a woman who we're pretty sure can see thousands (maybe even millions) more colors than the rest of us. And we end with an age-old question, that, it turns out, never even occurred to most humans until very recently: why is the sky blue?"