Introducing COLOUR STUDIES, by Bob Hambly RGD
Back when I was in art school a mandatory purchase for colour theory class was a small, unassuming cardboard box called ColourAid. I remember it well for two reasons: One, it was crazy expensive, and two, it was a glorious collection of 4” x 8”, silk-screened, chalky-finished, solid-coloured sheets of paper. We used it for many projects, including colour studies that mimicked the research of the master himself – Joseph Albers. Over time I enhanced my ColourAid set with extra sheets that I either bought or traded for. That was the official beginning of my love affair with colour. I’ve been transfixed ever since.
There’s so much to know about colour –the origin of pigments, artists explorations, emotional connections, cultural meanings – the list goes on. Colour is overflowing with good stories, stories that may just get you re-excited about the impact it has on our work and in our lives. If nothing else, it will keep you entertained.
I’ve broken the blog down into the following categories:
- Essays: in depth entries
- Back Story: the stories behind “colourful” people, places & things
- Art & Design: people playing with colour
- Science & Nature: colour in its purest form
- Noteworthy: recent news about colour
- Word Origins: the etymology of “colourful” words
- Gallery: my own photographs
“Like breathing, colour is one of those things that affects us very deeply but to which we give little conscious attention. COLOUR STUDIES brings the language of colour to the forefront and explores it with the benefit of Bob’s refined eye and sharp wit.” Mary Jane Braide, Brand Consultant
“ …absolutely enthralling.” James Chatto, senior editor Food & Drink
"Bob takes us along for a ride by explaining colour in an approachable, entertaining and downright fun way.” Cobi Ladner, Cobistyle