COLOR & VALUE THEORY
Understanding color theory is a fundamental principle across all disciplines
of design. Learning to master the subtleties and nuances of hue, saturation, and value, pairing complementary hues, and contrast, can be the differences between producing exceptionally refined and sophisticated work, or merely "colored, colorful" work.
THE COLOR WHEEL
The color wheel forms the foundation of understanding color and color mixing with pigmented paints. Using markers to color mix is possible, but takes a great deal of practice to get reliable results and/or figure out the unique nuances of one's particular markers and/or colors that will mix to produce specific colors. Generally, it's simply much easier to buy some new markers
in the target hue you're after, then you can tune the color slightly by adding another hue or gray value to refine the color.
TUTORIALS & HOW-TO GUIDES
Stage 1: Empathize—Research Your Users' Needs
The first stage of the design thinking process allows you to gain an empathetic understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve, typically through user research. Empathy is crucial to a human-centered design process like design thinking because it allows you to set aside your own assumptions about the world and gain real insight into users and their needs.
Stage 2: Define—State Your Users' Needs and Problems
In the Define stage, you accumulate the information you created and gathered during the Empathize stage. You analyze your observations and synthesize them to define the core problems you and your team have identified so far. You should always seek to define the problem statement in a human-centered manner as you do this.
Stage 3: Ideate—Challenge Assumptions and Create Ideas
Designers are ready to generate ideas as they reach the third stage of design thinking. The solid background of knowledge from the first two phases means you can start to “think outside the box”, look for alternative ways to view the problem and identify innovative solutions to the problem statement you’ve created.
Stage 4: Prototype—Start to Create Solutions
This is an experimental phase, and the aim is to identify the best possible solution for each of the problems identified during the first three stages. Design teams will produce a number of inexpensive, scaled-down versions of the product (or specific features found within the product) to investigate the problem solutions generated in the previous stage.
Stage 5: Test—Try Your Solutions Out
Designers or evaluators rigorously test the complete product using the best solutions identified in the Prototype phase. This is the final phase of the model but, in an iterative process such as design thinking, the results generated are often used to redefine one or more further problems. Designers can then choose to return to previous stages in the process to make further iterations, alterations and refinements to rule out alternative solutions.
Stage 6: Repeat
MIND / BODY / SPIRIT SUPPORT
HUE, VALUE, SATURATION
COLOR SPACE GAMUT - DIGITAL WORK SPACE
The RGB color space achievable today may be significantly wider on the latest 4k or 5k TVs and Monitors. As the technology improves, the gamut increases as well.
a comprehensive guide
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