ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color (Hardcover)

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A vibrant collection of trivia about the making and meaning of all the colors that are in the rainbow, and a few colors that aren’t. This book will make you rethink the way you perceive and interpret the visual landscape, and tell you exactly what it means to be green. (Ron)

Description


Color is all around us every day. We use it to interpret the world—red means stop, blue means water, orange means construction. But it is also written into our metaphors, of speech and thought alike: yellow means cowardice; green means envy—unless you’re in Germany, where yellow means envy, and you can be “beat up green and yellow.”

Jude Stewart, a design expert and writer, digs into this rich subject with gusto. What color is the universe? We might say it’s black, but astrophysicists think it might be turquoise. Unless it’s beige. To read about color from Jude Stewart is to unlock a whole different way of looking at the world around us—and bringing it all vividly to life.

The book itself is organized around the rainbow and is lavishly designed, with cross-references that liven up each page. (Follow the thread of imperialism, for example, from the pink-colored colonies on maps of the British Empire to the green wallpaper that might have killed Napoleon.) A lovingly packaged, distinctive book, it will be the only one of its kind.

ROY G. BIV is a reference and inspiration for designers and artists, as well as a unique, beautiful, and irresistible book for just about anyone.

About the Author


Jude Stewart writes about design and culture for Slate, The Believer, Fast Company,
GOOD, I.D. and other publications. She also writes a blog about color for PRINT. She lives in Chicago.

Her website is www.judestewart.com.

Praise for ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color…


"A rabbit hole of a good read. Color infuses meaning; meaning infuses color. Stewart has made it all the more vibrant by exploring its interpretations." - Chicago Tribune

"Takes a deep, sometimes feisty look at all the things that color can do and mean." - The Atlantic

"Stewart’s well-designed book is visually stimulating and surprising, reminding readers that colors are still as fascinating and fun as they were in grade school." - Publishers Weekly

"Roy G. Biv belongs in every design junkie's home." - Chicago Home + Garden "Domestica" blog

"In an artfully designed work, factoids and myths about color are brightly packaged in a format with eye-catching typographics... [Stewart’s] research into the associations and meanings of color is extensive." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details ISBN-10: 1608196135
ISBN-13: 9781608196135
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 09/17/2013
Pages: 176
Language: English