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To the basic grammar of color and form presented in the first edition of Dimensional Color, Lois Swirnoff adds a chapter on color structure and expands one on color and light.
Exploring the interaction between light, color, and surfaces, the book provides an invaluable tool for the teaching and practice of color in architecture and design.

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Editorial Reviews

“Landmark research in relating color and form.”
Barbara E. Martinson
“[O]ne of the very few books that examines the relationship of color to three-dimensional form…[F]ills a very real need...”
From House to Home
“An invaluable tool for the teaching and practice of color in architecture and design.”
Published in hardcover by Birkhauser Boston in 1986. The author is a painter, photographer, and visual logician on the faculty of the design department at UCLA. Her aim here (from the preface) is to "...understand complex interactions sufficiently to make them useful to the designer, and to provide a rational basis for the use of color in architecture and the environment." Nicely produced and profusely illustrated in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731026
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Swirnoff is Feltman Chair at the Cooper Union Art School in New York. Painter, photographer, and visual logician, she has exhibited her work internationally, and has taught at Harvard University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Skidmore and Wellesley Colleges.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Architecture and the Significance of the Surface 5
Ch. 2 Dimensional Color: Theoretical Background 17
Ch. 3 Color-Space and Time 35
Ch. 4 The Geometry of Brightness and the Perception of Form 59
Ch. 5 Configuration, Pattern, and Dimension 69
Ch. 6 Chairo e Scuro Inverted 79
Ch. 7 Color and Visual Organization 87
Ch. 8 Color and Light 115
Ch. 9 Color Structure 129
Ch. 10 Color and Form: Conform or Transform? 135
Ch. 11 Visual Education 145
Conclusion 149
Notes 151
Bibliography 153
Credits 155
Index 157
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