Book Review: Color Index XL

Title: Color Index XL
Author: Jim Krause (about)

Source/Format: Blogging for Books; Paperback
More Details: Art, Reference
Publisher/ Release date: Watsin-Guptill; October 3, 2017

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Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
This updated, expanded, and oversized inspirational resource presents 1,100 color palettes, with light, bright, dark, and muted varieties for each one, making it the most expansive palette selection tool available.

Color Index XL provides aspiring designers, artists, and creative individuals working with color with an indispensable, one-stop method for reviewing and selecting current, up-to-date color palettes for their creative projects. Designer and lecturer Jim Krause’s classic resource is back with a new approach that presents each group of palettes in an oversized form for easy visual review, and bleeding to the edge of the page (edge indexing) for quick access. By providing variations for each palette, Krause ensures that creatives can find the best color selection for each project’s needs. This book serves as the perfect resource for teachers, students, and professionals of all kinds in the art and design space who want to stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving trends in color.

My Thoughts:

Jim Krause’s Color Index XL is just one of those books that you’ll want to have next to you when you start any project that requires color cordination. There are so many colors that the possibilities seem endless. With a mini introduction to color theory, which goes over hue, shades, and picking cohesive colors, this is definitely a reference book to checkout.

The first thing I love about this book is that at the beginning of the three chapters the total number of schemes is stated along with the temperature. Each color is presented with other colors in a select pattern, which is nice, especially for inspiration. Finally, I love that each scheme is represented in four different variations of bright, light, dark and muted. This just expands color picking options.

Overall, I recommend Color Index XL if you work with CMYK and RGB values, or even if your simply searching for color inspiration.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review