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The Colour Bible: The definitive guide to colour in art and design

Laura Perryman

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Medical charts, colour atlases

The definitive guide to the history and use of over 100 colours for designers, artists and creatives

An essential source for graphic designers, artists, interior designers, fashion designers, illustrators and creatives of any kind who work with colour.

Colour is intrinsic to the human experience; it guides us with subconscious visual cues throughout our lives. Get it right in your design or art and you can enhance mood and atmosphere, and create a desired psychological or even physiological effect. The Colour Bible is a contemporary handbook for navigating this fascinating world of colour. It dives into 100 profiles of significant colours and tracks them through their genesis, historical usage in art and design, and contemporary connotations and uses.

- A potted history of each colour
- Key colour associations from around the world
- Contemporary connotations and brand design
- Practical advice on how to use and combine colours in your work

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Laura Perryman

Laura Perryman has 10 years' experience as a designer and trends forecaster. Her ethos is that the use of colour should be innovative, well considered but, above all, purposeful.

Laura's work has featured in Architectural Digest, House & Garden and Business Week. She was the recipient of a prestigious colour award from the Society of Dyers and Colourists and her innovative surface designs received the prize for Inclusive Interior: Design for our Future Selves from CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Laura regularly lectures at universities, including Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, and Bucks New University. She also talks internationally about the powerful impact of colour, material design and what insights and trends to look out for, most recently at LuxePack Shanghai, Stockholm Furniture Fair, and the London Design Festival. In the past 10 years Laura has brought this specialist knowledge into play for brands as diverse and forward thinking as 3M, Habitat and Panasonic Europe. Laura currently runs Colour of Saying, a consultancy that specialises in future forward design with colour and materials.

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