Coralie Bickford Smith: The Power of a Limited Palette
How important is color when you're coming up with a concept? Do you have any colors that you consider favorites?
Color is vitally important – the right combination can make a good design utterly compelling. I like to use a limited palette in a lot of my designs, something I became hooked on at university. We were encouraged to design within constraints and make a virtue out of it, which is one of the most valuable lessons I've learned.
With the clothbound classics, materials and budget dictate that I can only use two colors per book, and there is a further limitation imposed by the range of available cloth and foil. Rather than seeing that as a negative, I love finding the best combination. It's a time-consuming business but such a major element of the design, and when it works it really takes the cover to the next level.
As for favorites, I still love pink foil and dark red cloth on Fairy Tales. It was the first clothbound book I designed, and I spent hours looking at colors to get the choice right.
Manchester designer and electronic musician, Paul Tebbott.
Color Theory Reference Poster by Paper Leaf
The Color Theory Quick Reference Poster for Designers.
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