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Colorist: A Practical Handbook for Personal and Professional Use [Paperback]

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The Colorist seeks nothing less than to demystify color aesthetics. After three years of extensive travel and research, color specialist Shigenobu Kobayashi has devised a stunningly simple method for pinpointing personal color preferences. A series of clear-cut exercises allows you to accurately define your color sense and then locate it on an "image scale" in order to select compatible color schemes for home or office, or even wardrobe.
Next, Kobayashi illuminates the underpinnings of color in everyday and ornamental settings, revealing the hidden technique beneath each successful color scheme. He introduces a full range of colors for all moods and tastes, then presents eight psychological color types to assist you in putting your own color profile to practical use in the bedroom, den, playroom, or office.
With over 500 color photographs, 50 charts, and hundreds of sample "color-scale chips," the Colorist not only delivers a unique method of defining color sense but provides invaluable insights into the art of using color, making it an indispensable guide for home owners, decorators, artists, and designers-indeed, anyone who works with or enjoys color.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 1999
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770023235  
ISBN13  9784770023230  

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More About Shigenobu Kobayashi

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SHIGENOBU KOBAYASHI (b. 1925) is the founder and director of the Nippon Color & Design Research Institute. He is a graduate of the electronics department of the Hiroshima College of Technology and received a master's degree from Waseda University in Tokyo for his work in the field of color
Since founding the institute in 1966, he has been a leader in research on color psychology, publishing numerous books on the subject, including a color image dictionary and others exploring color in relation to design, architecture, and the environment. A detailed discussion of his theories is
available in English in the publication Color Research and Application (volume 6, no. 2, Summer 1981) in an article titled "The Aim and Method of the Color Image Scale."
He is also an active participant in meetings of the International Color Association and a lecturer at the Musashi Institute of Technology in Tokyo.
THE NIPPON COLOR & DESIGN RESEARCH INSTITUTE founded in 1966, the institute is a leader in its field, acting as a color and design consultant to over 300 major Japanese corporations in fields as diverse as automobiles, home electronics, cosmetics, food, department stores, and home construction.
The institute's patented Color Image Scale is the centerpiece of its theories on the psychology of color. In addition, the institute has developed computer software based on the Image Scale and a large information data base for use in its research and consulting projects.

Shigenobu Kobayashi was born in 1925.

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2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
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6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Graphic Arts > Use of Color

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It's interesting.  Mar 28, 2000
Japan and Japanese have their own view & style in writing and this book shows what's the style & view. The author says about 'European-style-usage of color and the underlying reasons and schemes' through eyes of a famous Japanese professor, so that it's somewhat unique and interesting. However, if you can read Japanese, I think it would be better trying to buy and read the original(Japanese) version. In a word, it's scrupulous and acceptable book.
Successful Color Choices R Us  Mar 27, 2000
Color choices may not be easy but they are doable if you follow the process outlined in this book.

'Colorist' is a fascinating insight into how and why color affects us and our impressions of the world. It abounds with images from nature, architecture, art and products.

It is not a simple book to immediately apply but it offers a workable process which relies on an excellent understanding of what is required from the color scheme being prepared. By applying the book's principles it is possible to develop both appropriate color schemes and the rationale behind why these are the right color choices!

I felt that some of the language suffered from being translated from Japanese but on the whole the book is well written and follows a logical progression identifying the various elements that need to go into making successful color choices.

If color is an important element of your life, whether at home or work, this book will help you identify your color prejudices and the right color combinations for a particular project. Overall a good buy!


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