Wednesday, 29 October 2014

OUGD404 - Design Principles - Colour Theory

I was away from college for this studio task. But I was filled in on what happened. 

We were asked to bring in five different objects all of the same colour. The objects had to be one of the three primary colours. First the groups laid out all the objects they had collected on the studio tables in colour groups. Initially the objects weren't strategically organised in terms of tone, warmth, darkness or lightness, just grouped in terms of primary colours. 

The groups then sorted them in terms of tone, putting them in order from darker blues to light blues, demonstrating how there are always ranges of colour tones everywhere. Then the colours were grouped into cool and warm tones.

The objects were also arranged next to each other to show the differences between the primary colours. They were also arranged in terms of light/dark. 

Then all the groups converged to sort the colours out around the table on the patio.
The group then got to use Pantone cases to try and find exactly what Pantone colour each object was, this was really good as having the physical spectrum in front of them was helpful in spotting the subtle differences between each shade of blue, yellow or red. 

The groups then swapped around again to so see if we thought they had got any Pantone codes wrong, They found some were right and some wrong but it was hard to tell. Taking photos helped as it flattened them down, making it easier to distinguish between the various tones. 

In general I heard that everyone had a lot of fun on the task, it gave them a good introductory insight into colour theory and the relationships between the three primary colours. 

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