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d5tryr · 2012-02-26 · Original thread
Johannes Itten, of the Bauhaus, is the go to guy for colour theory, both these books are fantastic:

The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color

The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His Book the Art of Color

ankeshk · 2009-09-03 · Original thread
A single colour rarely has much of an impact on your mood. Its contrast that matters.


So when an article lists all the colours along with the emotions they represent and says things like that red is associated with excitement, strength, sex, passion, speed, danger - it raises my BS signal.

It means they're copying some pseudo science article they read in a fun coffee table magazine once.

If you're really interested in colours and colour psychology, let me recommend:

Website: Color Matters

Book: The Art of Color by Johannes Itten

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