On My Shelves: An Eye For Color, Olga Gutiérrez De La Roza

An Eye for Color
By Olga Gutierrez de la Roza

I'm once again choosing a new palette with which to go forward, and have turned to one of my favorite color resources. An Eye For Color by Olga Gutiérrez De La Roza is a very appealing little book for designers of all sorts. Well, I suppose it ought to be as Ms. Gutiérrez De La Roza was formerly the Design Director of Promotions for Glamour magazine and taught Masters-level courses in design at Pratt Institute. There's probably some magical formula in her head that explains the particular appeal of the book's shape and size; when I first saw it, I just had to pick it up. And then open it. And then of course, buy it. 

The whole idea of the book is to teach you to see color, and to create your own color palettes. But meanwhile it's chock full of delectable color schemes, as summoned forth by Ms. Gutiérrez De La Roza. She culls her palettes from every corner of the art and design world, including ninth century religious illuminations, interiors photos, illustrations from the heyday of print advertising, and even Milton Glaser's iconic Bob Dylan portrait. Each palette is accompanied by both CMYK and RGB codes. The book is organized by color, and it's only my bias that has orange and pink heavily represented here! Punch-out rolodex cards are included in the back, encouraging you to begin your own personal collection of palettes. Below are a few intriguing images from the book. 

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