Design Library 

I hope you will enjoy this sampling of some my favorite resources on color and other topics of interest. Other favorite related items will be here also, among the books. Note: entries are shown alphabetically by title, so be sure to see the entire list! Contact me if you have favorites you'd like me to consider for this page!

Book List

A Maslow-Inspired Thanksgiving Color Palette

What are the colors of Thanksgiving?
So much more than paint, decorating, or  “trend palettes.”
I wanted to offer some color-reflections for the holiday season, and beyond.

Maslow's Hierarchy - reinterpreted as Thanksgiving colors

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – reinterpreted as Thanksgiving colors

What’s important?
Please share your own inspirations and color-reflections!


A Master Course in Feng-Shui

Filed under: Books — Barbara Jacobs @ 12:18 pm

This fully illustrated, comprehensive workbook is designed primarily for homeowners, renters, architects, and business owners who want to put feng-shui to practical personal use—to choose a home, build a house, select an office, or find a retail space. Real estate agents, interior designers, and architects will also find it useful as a reference manual. The text and exercises proceed in systematic fashion from basic principles to specific projects, covering the following lessons:

   •  Evaluating the landscape and external environment by using the techniques of the Landform School
   •  Using the geomantic compass to chart patterns of energy within a building
   •  Planning the usage of space
   •  Matching occupants to a house
   •  Deciding on the placement of furniture
   •  Improving the feng-shui of a building with countermeasures, enhancers, and renovations
   •  Building a new house
   •  Choosing or designing an apartment, business suite, or retail space
List Price: $39.95 USD
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Not about trinkets and “bells and whistles,” this  systematic course for home study—from a true Feng-Shui master—includes practical exercises and discussion of specific projects.

A Theory of Everything

Filed under: Books,Color Philosophy,Psychology of Color — Barbara Jacobs @ 11:11 am

Here is a concise, comprehensive overview of Wilber's revolutionary thought and its application in today's world. In A Theory of Everything, Wilber uses clear, nontechnical language to present complex, cutting-edge theories that integrate the realms of body, mind, soul, and spirit. He then demonstrates how these theories and models can be applied to real-world problems in areas such as politics, medicine, business, education, and the environment. Wilber also discusses daily practices that readers take up in order to apply this integrative vision to their own everyday lives.

This contemporary philosopher shows how individual ideas contribute to an integrated holistic image of reality. A compact overview of Wilber’s ideas and their application in modern society.

List Price: $18.95 USD
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Blue – The History of a Color

Filed under: Architecture,Art,Books,Color and Culture,Color History — Tags: , , — Barbara Jacobs @ 2:23 pm

Blue: The History of a Color. (Hardcover)

By (author): Michel Pastoureau

Blue has a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. Once considered a hot color, it is now icy cool. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now pick it as their favorite color. In this entertaining history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearances in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today in blue jeans and Gauloises cigarette packs.

Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Pastoureau investigates how the ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture. Beginning with the almost total absence of blue from ancient Western art and language, the story moves to medieval Europe. As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color entered the Church despite the efforts of chromophobic prelates. Blue was reborn as a royal color in the twelfth century and functioned as a formidable political and military force through the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created, and blue became the color of romance. Finally, Pastoureau follows blue into contemporary times, when military clothing gave way to the everyday uniform of blue jeans, and blue became the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space.

With an exceptionally elegant design and strikingly illustrated with one hundred color plates, Blue tells the fascinating history of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and created great art with it.

List Price: $39.95 USD
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Looking into the history of any color is fascinating, and in BLUE, Michel Pastoureau has created a beautiful book that is rewarding for it’s own aesthetic qualities, both visual and functional (yes, the binding is really stitched and the book lays open at any page!).

As for content, the color illustrations taken from a variety of historic documents serve to make the educational text entertaining as well as informative.

Carlo Scarpa

Lavishly illustrated volume.
List Price: $29.99 USD
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