Category Archives: Exhibitions & Books

Design Elements: Colour Fundamentals

NB This section of my blog relates to Graphic design level one. 


This is a fab book, I’ve had it a while, but just re-read it. The opening section explains the colour  wheel, hue, saturation/chroma, value etc…Split complementary, analogous, triad….She then discusses colour in relation to graphic design, and gives loads of real life practical examples from across the world. There are some lovely posters and gorgeous “up market” food packaging. There are a few palettes, but mostly it encourages you to do your own exploration and gain experience with putting together effective colour schemes appropriate for a given brief.



2000 Colour Combinations


I treated myself to this book… Only to open it up and find page after page of rather ‘yucky’ colours!!! Not what I was expecting at all! It’s always a subjective thing, but I was so surprised. My mum paints, and didn’t like them , nor my partner, who loves colour.

That said, I do like the section at the end, which takes real life examples, and samples the colour range of each photograph (fabric, a sea shell etc) It’s also a very comprehensive book. I think the ‘yuck factor’ has quite a bit to do with the lack of neutrals or white space in between colours. So I think it would definately be possible to be inspired by certain colour combinations, and use them with white, black, pale tints and neutrals, and they could look lovely. Perhaps this book is about ‘raw ingredients’!

This is such a vast, and sometimes very technical subject, so I feel I have a lot to learn. It can be baffling sometimes, when colours are ‘correct’ according to theory, but just look horrible.

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

I have been wanting to go to Broomhill for years, as I always thought it looked intriguing. I finally made it a few months ago, and it just occured to me to mention it here.


Broomhill has both a permenant art collection and seasonal exhibitions. There are a large range of sculptures here, some are beautiful, humourous or moving, others seem completely pointless and ugly all according to your taste!  The one that really stuck in my mind was a post apocalpytic  themed wooded glade, with lifesized ‘humans’ it was SO eerie!

Devon Guild of Crafts

This is a really lovely place to visit, the building itself is beautiful and the quality of the exhibitors is extremely high. It displays a huge range of art and crafts from leather , textiles and metalwork to modern art installations.

I must admit most of the items in the gift shop are well out of my price range, but it was lovely to look! I wanted to mention a couple of artists who caught my eye. First is
(Sculpture, mixed media, embossed paper and collographs – prints of collages of found and recycled materials)

And the second is the photographer Alex Valentine. I’ve taken a screen shot  of his work here.

alex valentine

Graphic Design Essentials

image12 Colour Wheel

I love this book! I can’t really help it, I’m a bit of an anorak, and enjoy using the adobe creative suite. Just need to try to remind myself not to get a thumping headache, spending too long in the computer.

I particularly loved doing the colour wheel exercise, and adding more colours. Sooo much fun. Oh, its a bit wonky….I’ll need to fix that!




This means this…



I found this quite interesting, but it definately wasn’t something I would choose for relaxation! It seems quite closely linked to sociology and philosophy. I really liked the pictures, but some of the text seemed to repeat quite similar thoughts and ideas…or maybe that’s just me being impatient. Hopefully its something that gradually filters through your sub-consious, and becomes really helpful.