Designing For the Eye: A Definition of Color Categories

5 Nov

Spot Color

This Time Magazine cover uses red, one of the most dominant visual colors, as a spot color, tying together the visual and the magazine outline.









This EJOM Magazine cover uses a duotone of brown to highlight the midtones of this stunning photograph. This is most evident in small box which is spotlighted.








Analogous Colors

This issue of Print, a design magazine, is illustrative of the usage of analogous colors as it incorporates several shades of purple and blue to create a pleasing and eye-catching color arrangement.








Complementary Colors

This cover of Natural Solutions Magazine incorporates the complementary colors of orange and blue. This well know contrast capitalizes on the different “temperatures” of these colors to create a visual hierarchy in the design, with the blue items receding and the orange items jumping to the front of the page.







Triadic Harmony

Dolce & Gabbana uses the triadic harmony of the colors blue violet, red orange and yellow green, to create this strongly cohesive advertisement.


2 Responses to “Designing For the Eye: A Definition of Color Categories”

  1. A Graphic World II November 10, 2010 at 10:30 am #


    -Bridget Streeter


  1. Anytime Trainspotting can be brought up, you’re discussing good design. « A Graphic World II - November 6, 2010

    […] an alternate edition of the issue Sam showed, Print also demonstrates complimentary colors with the familiar orange and blue […]

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