ROY G. BIV

courtesy of shauns2009 @ flickr, via a Creative Commons LicenseJude Stewart, who writes about design at Print, has written a book on color called ROY G. BIV, and it is marvelous. The layout (especially the marginalia, which I love) is very stylish and and encourages a rather chaotic course through the book, which is how a lot of people read non-fiction anyway. I’m a little stumped when it comes to explaining what the book is about, all though it’s certainly not a design guide. Most of the chapters are arranged by color, and the most accurate description I can come up with is to call it an old-fashioned commonplace book. My favorite scraps of information included the sky-blue blood of horseshoe crabs, harvested to detect deadly bacteria, and the invariable order that colors appear in languages. The first three are always black, white, red. Green or yellow come next, followed by blue, and then brown. Oh, and plants: the predominant color was probably purple, once upon a time.

If you click on the book link above, you’ll notice it takes you to the Whatcom County Library System. It’s not that I think you shouldn’t buy books, but I love my library. If you don’t have a WCLS library card, and you live in Whatcom County, you can get a temporary one here. It will let you place holds on anything you like, and download e-books. It’s good for 45 days, and then you need to go in and show identification and get an actual card.

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3 thoughts on “ROY G. BIV

  1. Many people cannot contain their fascination; these tend to be those who dedicate their lives to pursuing the intricacies of color. A woman who does this is Jude Stewart. She is the author of Roy G. Biv – An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color. In this book, the designer explores how there is more to color than meets the eye. Thanks for sharing about Jude!

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