Designing with Colour I & II

Designing with Colour I & II focussed on theories about colour and evidence-based colour strategies for application in applied design, interior design and the built environment.

These two courses (Designing with Colour I & II) intermingled key colour theories with practical exercises and key topics include:

  • Colour theories relevant to applied design and the built environment
  • Exploring the dimensions of colour: hue, saturation/chroma and tonal value
  • Human visual perception and how this impacts colour application
  • The role of colour and contrast in Environmental Visual Literacy and the relevance to applied design, interior design and the built environment
  • Gestalt theories of perception  and how to harness these to improve colour application
  • Applying colour/contrast to attract/divert attention, encourage engagement, support orientation and wayfinding in applied design and the built environment
  • Key colour strategies covered in the courses include Analogous and Contrasting Colour, Chords and Keys, Achromatic colour schemes, Disruptive colour, ‘New Neutrals’ colour schemes, Colour Discords

Designing with Colour I and II are TEQSA-compliant 12-week courses (3 hours per week) delivered through the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney from early 2011 onwards (course codes: DAAE2005 and DAAE2006). Various segments of the courses have been delivered through seminars annually since 2011.  The courses can be viewed in the USYD online Handbook.

Evidence-based colour strategies covered in Designing with Colour I & II are also available in a number of publications by Zena O’Connor – see here.

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