Homework_Color Contrasts

Due: Wednesday, February 12 (beginning of class)

Color contrast is an important criteria when choosing a color palette for a project, especially for projects that should have a strong impact on the viewer. Often we are influenced by those color contrasts without being aware of them. One goal of this course is to become more aware of those aspects about color and how they effects us.

Find one example for each of the 8 contrast definitions mentioned below. Those examples could be chosen from any kind of 2 or 3 dimensional medium or source (TV/film/theatre set designs, architecture, industrial design, graphic design, painting etc. or just about any object you come across.)
For some examples of TV/Production design go here.

Collect those examples as images (JPGs) and upload each example onto this site in a new post categorized as the homework and your name. You will present your findings and discuss each example. Please label your images (complementary, simultaneous, etc.).

I would like you to collect your own images rather than Google’s top search results!



The 7 color contrast defined by Johannes Itten are:
Contrast of Hue
Light-Dark Contrast
Cold-Warm Contrast
Complementary Contrast
Simultaneous Contrast
Contrast of Saturation
Contrast of Extension (=Proportion)

The 8th contrast belongs to the Simultaneous Contrast group but is an interesting one worth to mention separately. It appears when colors of the same value are put together causing the borders to vibrate .

For examples and explanations go here and here (use the arrow key on your keyboard to click forward until you find the pages with Itten’s contrasts).

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