Charting a color family


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Charting a color family

Asking my students at RISD to create a color chart often induces groans of discomfort. Mostly because it sounds too much like math. But creating a chart is an easy way to learn and remember color combinations. One way to develop a chart is to create a grid in the formation of a times table. Start with a wide variety of colors on a side of the chart and repeat the same across the top, then combine them in equal amounts for each color. This kind of chart gives a clear array of options for deciding on possible pallets.

Another kind of chart could involve a combination of two colors, with full saturation of yellow on this end and full saturation of blue on the other. Each color decreasing in quantity or percentage as it moves in the opposite direction. This could help when deciding on what kind of secondary colors two primaries might make or the crossing of two compliments. A simple chart for tracking all the combinations of a set of primaries could look like this, very much like a family tree. A value scale...

Charting a color family
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Charting a color family provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mary Jane Begin as part of the Foundations of Color

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