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Book List No. 11: Color

With Color being such an integral part of the CreativeMornings brand, it’s surprising to think that it’s taken us this long to make it a global theme. Chosen by our Paris chapter and brought to you by Squarespace, this month we’re talking about the reds and the oranges, yellows, greens and even blues and violets. We’re covering the entire spectrum from Budapest to Minneapolis, digging into color as it pertains to diversity of a community, as well as a painter’s palette.

This month’s book list is more of the latter, highlighting some rainbow reads we discovered from our community as well as September’s speaker line up. Check them out!


The Top Ten:

  1. Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia, by David McCandless
    Data nerds, dive in. Data journalist and information designer David McCandless is on a mission to make data beautiful. In Visual Miscellaneum, he tackles that mission head on, visualizing complex statistics to reveal secrets and stories through graphs, charts and illustrations. David is also a past speaker of our London chapter.

  2. Interaction of Color, by Josef Albers
    Originally created as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, Interaction of Color explains complex color theory and shares color studies by the designer.

  3. Self-Portrait as Your Traitor, by Debbie Millman
    We chose this book by past CreativeMornings/New York speaker Debbie Millman not for its topic, but for its colorful disposition and artful rendition of what it means to be human. The personal memoir is written in Debbie’s hand-lettered type, colorful in every meaning of the word, depicting the gamut of human emotion.

  4. Colour Based on Nature, by Irma Boom
    Recommended from Designers & Books’ themed book list on Color and Design, Colour Based on Nature is a book made by the talented and always unexpected designer Irma Book. With color diagrams from 80 natural locations, the book’s pages are perforated, intended to be torn and explored by its owner.

  5. The Low, the Midrange & the Overdrive: Coloring Book, by Reginald Baylor
    Kicking off our Milwaukee chapter, artist Reginald Baylor took the stage in Wisconsin to speak on this month’s theme. A former semi-truck driver, Reginald took up painting and his graphic style is inspired by pop culture, philosophy, and equations.

  6. The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet, by Joann Eckstut, Arielle Eckstut
    Why is the sky blue? Grass green? Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut aim to answer these questions and more in The Secret Language of Color, which delves into how and why we see color, what others see and how that effects our decisions and way we view the world.

  7. Chuck Close: Work, by Christopher Finch
    Who knows color better than artist Chuck Close? Best known for him giant portraits, Chuck’s work uses a variety of mediums— color being just one of them—to depict facial features. Christopher Finch analyzes this work, depicting the techniques behind Chuck’s great body of work, as well as a portrait of the artist himself.

  8. Green: The History of a Color, a series by Michel Pastoureau
    Brought to our attention by a member of our community, Michel Pastoureau’s series on color examines each color’s place in art, clothes, literature, religion, science and daily life. His look at the color Green is the third book in Michel’s series, which also covers Black and Blue, written in French and translated to English.

  9. Drunk Tank Pink, by Adam Alter
    This month’s speaker at our New York chapter, Adam Alter looks at how environmental characteristics like color—ahem—color our thoughts and feelings beyond our control. From how a red t-shirt can increase your chances of getting a date to how painting a jail cell pink can reduce inmate aggression, Drunk Tank Pink sheds light onto how color can influence the way we think.

  10. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker
    A book list on color would not be complete without a book by the worldwide color authority, Pantone. Another from Designers & Books’ themed book list on Color and Design, Pantone: The 20th Century in Color takes us through the past 100 years and describe how color palettes anticipate and uncover trends and shifts in popular color culture.

If this list leaves you feeling wanting a bit more color, look through our Pinterest Board, Theme 19: Minimal, which includes even more colorful reads. Read on.

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