Color A-Z

Knowing something A to Z's means you have a full range of fundamental knowledge relating to the subject. My COLOR A-Z won't give you a full range of knowledge but it does give you 26 color ideas from fun and fundamentals to think about. Enjoy!

A

Know how to create color harmony. One way is with Analogous colors, which are any three to six colors that are adjacent on the color wheel.

B

Bauhaus color theory formed the foundation for much of what we understand about color today.

C

Learn to see and describe the Characteristics of Colors.

D

Would you be surprised to learn that people basically Describe all colors with only eleven words.

E

Earth tones include an entire array of colors based on the pigments found in the natural environment.

F

Color Forecasting is the educated prediction of colors that will be on trend in the future.

G

Each color has its own meaning and message. Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom.

H

A Hue is the purest form of a color.

I

Johannes Itten was one of the first to associate different colors with specific emotions and study the impact of color on our mood.

K

Don't forget to think about the color Key when creating a design.

L

Don't be in the dark about how Light affects color.

M

Color sets the Mood in a design.

N

Today Neutrals are more than just gray and beige. Now we call an entire range of toned down, complex colors, neutrals.

0

The Origin of color words is fascinating. Etymologists, or word detectives, tell us that the word red is a link to some of our most ancient ancestors and researchers say that humans didn't see or have a word for the color blue until modern times.

P

Always use the word Palette when talking about color not one of these other words.

Q

There are hundreds of Quotes about color to inspire you. Here is one for today - “Some of us come on earth seeing – some of us come on earth seeing color.”

R

John Ruskin had quite a bit to say about color including, “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” I think he's right.

S

In color theory, a Shade is a hue mixed with black. In common language shade has come to mean, a color slightly different from the one under consideration or a color, especially with regard to how light or dark it is or as distinguished from one nearly like it.

U

Always look for the Undertone of whites and neutrals.

W

The Color Wheel is a color harmony "cheat sheet" not a color selection tool.

X

Did you know that there is a color term that begins with the letter X? Yes, Xanthic and it means "of or relating to a yellow or yellowish color." Now you know a word that could come in handy the next time you play Scrabble.

Y

WhY color? Because it makes the world bigger unveiling all that is possible.

Z

Zomp is the name of a green color on the Resene color list and is widely popular in Australia and New Zealand. It can be produced by the hex triplet #39A78E. In early March 2018, the color began appearing in photoshops and image macros on Facebook after being referenced in a tweet published by Vsauce.[1]

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  • Linda says:

    I love this list! It was fun to read through. I learned many new things but especially enjoyed P, Q, X, Z

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