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Bibliography, Acknowledgements & External Resources


  • Albers, Josef, Interaction of Color, New Haven, Yale Universtiy Press, 1963.
  • Birren, Faber, Color Psychology and Color Therapy, First Edition, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1950.
  • Birren, Faber, Light, Color, and Environment, Chicago, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1969.
  • Bothwell, Dorr, Notan: The light-dark principle of design, New York, Reinhold Book Corporation, 1968.
  • Itten, Johannes, The Art of Color, New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1961.
  • Itten, Johannes, The Elements of Color, New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1961.
  • Kueppers, Harald, The Basic Law of Color Theory, New York, Barron's, 1982.
  • Mahnke, Frank, Color, Environment, and Human Response, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Detroit, 1996.
  • Miller, Mary C, Color in Interior Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1997.
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Matisse, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1994.
  • Norman, Richard B., Electronic Color, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. 1990.
  • Pile, John F., Interior Design, New York, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1988.
  • Pile, John, Color in Interior Design, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997.
  • Sharpe, Deborah, The Psychology of Color and Design, Chicago, Nelson-Hall, 1975.
  • Swirnoff, Lois, Dimensional Color, Birkhauser, Boston, 1989.


I'd like to thank the following instructors and practitioners for their valuable training, insight and the opportunities made available to me along the way in my own color quest:

Barbara Martinson for my first experiences with color theory—as painful as that class may have been :) and introduction to Josef Albers, Johannes Itten and Faber Birren. (Professor, University of Minnesota.)

Marian Ortolf-Bagley for her continued support and direction through my further study, understanding (and love) of color. (Professor emeritus, University of Minnesota.)

Uwe Koos for his sharing & understanding of color concepts as applied to built form. (STO AG)

James Stageberg for his support and encouragement of my inclusion of color theory into my architectural thesis.

Ayers Bagley for his early enthusiasm for the Web medium and the opportunity to participate in the building of the Iconics Museum (Professor emeritus, University of Minnesota.)

External Links

Color Theory Links & Tutorials

Colorsystem.com—History & Sciences

The Philosophy of Color

Color Combination Tools

Online Color Combination Tools

Adobe Kuler

Color Scheme Designer

Color Mentors

Johannes Itten at the artists.org

Albers at the artists.org