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Color is Everything: 10/02/09
Color is Everything by Dan Bartges is a short and focused color-theory book. It emphasizes the importance of the color wheel and insists that readers make their own color wheel and buy one that has the standard pigments laid out for help with planning colors schemes.
On the color wheel there are primary, secondary and tertiary colors. There are six "best" color schemes: monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complementary, triadic, and tetrad. The book includes examples for each from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The book also quizzes readers on key concepts throughout.
For a very practical and useful color theory book, the book suffers from some odd color design choices. Important lesson plans are highlighted with green, orange and sometimes purple. Against the white glossy pages these colors in block texts are hard on the eyes!