An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color

Book - 2013
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Color is all around us every day. We use it to interpret the world-red means stop, blue means water, orange means construction. But it is also written into our metaphors, of speech and thought alike: yellow means cowardice; green means envy-unless you're in Germany, where yellow means envy, and you can be "beat up green and yellow."

Jude Stewart, a design expert and writer, digs into this rich subject with gusto. What color is the universe ? We might say it's black, but astrophysicists think it might be turquoise. Unless it's beige. To read about color from Jude Stewart is to unlock a whole different way of looking at the world around us-and bringing it all vividly to life.

The book itself is organized around the rainbow and is lavishly designed, with cross-references that liven up each page. (Follow the thread of imperialism, for example, from the pink-colored colonies on maps of the British Empire to the green wallpaper that might have killed Napoleon.) A lovingly packaged, distinctive book, it will be the only one of its kind.

ROY G. BIV is a reference and inspiration for designers and artists, as well as a unique, beautiful, and irresistible book for just about anyone.

Published: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
ISBN: 9781608196135
Branch Call Number: 155.9114 STE
Characteristics: xx, 154 pages :,color illustrations ;,20 cm


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BCD2013 May 06, 2014

Unique reference book for readers seeking a new way of looking at the world.

LaughingOne Apr 22, 2014

I had high expectations for this book. They were not met, not for me anyway. It is a surprising book about colour, but not in a good way. The best thing I can write about it is that it pointed out how different colours mean different things in different cultures. I found the pages packed -- almost too much information. And the side bars that were on almost every page referred the reader to other pages in the book. After awhile I stopped reading the sidebars, after I realized I would get to read the information somewhere else. The book is divided into sections by colour. Each section seemed to me to be a data dump -- the author put everything she could find about a colour into the section, and it didn't matter if some data contradicted other data. I was not impressed and do not recommend reading this book.


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