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Color Resources: Tools at the Library

Color Interaction Tools

The Library has many tools for students to use as they work with color. These tools facilitate color experimentation, interaction, observation, measurement, and specification.


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Albers iPad App - Josef AlbersThe Interaction of Color is seamlessly woven into an app featuring over 120 color plates and 60 interactive studies. Text and plates run side by side. The commentaries to the plates are easily opened and integrated into the reading/viewing experience. There is a complete "create" section in which users can select from 526 colors to create, save, and share their personal studies. It is available on an iPad at the Library.

Color-Aid Paper Swatches - This collection consists of a set of 9 x 6 inch swatches in 314 colors for in-Library use. The system consists of 34 vivid hues, 100 tints, 47 shades, 114 pastels, 17 grays from dark to light, and black and white.

Paint Samples - The Library has a number of automotive, industrial, and residential coating samples available to explore. 

Color Selection Tools

Color Specification Books and Fan Decks - Color specification books and fan decks by Pantone, Coloro, NCS, Munsell, and RAL as well as the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Cotton Planner and pigmented polymer chips are on display for students to reference.

Datacolor ColorReaderPRO - This color meter determines the L*a*b* values of physical objects. It has a companion app which will then match that value to the nearest commercially available paint.

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Munsell Color Tree - This three-dimensional model makes understanding the Munsell color space easy.

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