How Do Colours Affect Each Other and What Can We Do with this Information?

How Do Colours Affect Each Other and What Can We Do with this Information?

One of the best books in my private library is “The Art of Colour: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Colour” by Johannes Itten, a teacher at the Bauhaus who I admire so much. 

Of course, Itten’s notions are only one way of looking at colours. Many researchers, artists and scientists have constructed a colour theory as well. But logically, as a designer and artist, I have a strong affinity with a fellow artist.

Itten explains the reality of colour and the way we as humans perceive colours. Colours affect each other. That influence is an action of our brain. “Eye and mind can only by comparison or contrast come to a clear perception.” 

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An Optical Illusion Plays Tricks with our Eyes

An Optical Illusion Plays Tricks with our Eyes

In 32 tips to get ideas to spend your free time is a drawing of a sun, giving the optical illusion that the inner circle is much whiter than the surrounding white outside the drawing.

A former colleague even made an airbrush in which the inside of such a form was darker than the environment, and still, it seemed lighter.

So I wanted to examine that. How much black can I add until the inner shape seems darker than the outer space?

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Why is Choosing the Right Font Important to be Competitive?

Why is Choosing the Right Font Important to be Competitive?

Fonts have a look that tells something about the character of the person or company that chose them. For me, that has always been the main reason for the letter choices I made for a client. What should their appearance be?

But fonts have more aspects that influence that choice. It is important to know them in order to choose the right font.

While beautiful or ugly is one of those arguments, it is the least important of all. So, why is choosing the right font important?

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Why Is Colour Important in Graphic Design? What Are Practical Applications?

Why Is Colour Important in Graphic Design? What Are Practical Applications?

Colour has a big influence on us. Colour sets our mood and is a way to express ourselves. Colour has a symbolic value, which can be different per culture.

We are warned by colour. Red means beware of danger, while green stands for safety. Fire trucks are red. Sustainable companies often have green as their main colour.

Especially because of its recognizability and emotional value is colour important in graphic design and advertising. As a designer, you can deviate from generally accepted colours, just make sure you have a good reason for it.

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7 Ways to Use Colour in Photography Creatively and Differently

7 Ways to Use Colour in Photography Creatively and Differently

Most people see the world in colour and although it’s also great to take pictures in black and white, colour can add a layer of inspiration and difficulty.

When we use colour in photography in a conscious way, we can guide the emotions of the viewer. Colour can create a dramatic atmosphere or a quiet one. Colour can also evoke approval or dislike.

In this article, I describe some of Itten’s colour contrasts applied in photography and I supplement it with a couple of other ways of using colour.

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What Are the Symbolic Values of Red and Blue?

What Are the Symbolic Values of Red and Blue?

Years ago I was watching the elections in the States and I noticed that red and blue had a symbolic value for the political parties.

So they have over here in the Netherlands, but the funny thing is it has an opposite meaning here. The US Democrats are blue and the Conservatives red. The Dutch right-wing is blue and the left loves red.

As I am interested in every aspect of colour I decided to look more closely into the symbolic values of red and blue in general, not just in politics.

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