New book: Color and Design

We are seeking papers for a peer-reviewed book on color and design to be published by Berg. Working title: Color and Design.
Edited by Marilyn DeLong and Barbara Martinson

Cognition, context and culture are all vital to the way we experience color. From the products we use, the clothes that we wear, and the spaces we inhabit, color provides both visual appeal and information. Our proposed book, Color and Design, addresses how we experience color through specific examples of how color is used in the design disciplines.  While other books devoted to color contain basic information regarding color theory and color use, this book intends to foster a greater understanding of color through the in-depth analysis of specific cases. These examples will explore color as a cultural phenomenon, a pragmatic device for communication, and as a valuable marketing tool.  Based in the disciplines of clothing design, graphic design, interior design, and product design, this book will be a valuable resource for both design practitioners and scholars.

Paper Length: We are looking for both longer papers (6,000-8,000 words) and shorter “snapshot” length papers (2000 words).

Timeline and Review Process:

February 2010: Submit your idea for a paper to the editors (include either a short bio or abbreviated vitae). Editors will then request an abstract.

April 2010: Abstracts sent to editors.

August 2010: Full papers due. Final manuscripts will be reviewed by editors and contributors.

Fall 2011: Revision and book publication

Send ideas for your submission to:


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

2 Responses to New book: Color and Design

  1. What are a shared set of learning values/goals for a course on color and communication for non-designer. Can a course be developed that enables students across the university to develop a fundamental sensitivity to the impact of color on society from the very personal to universal? Do these various groups share the same level of effort, participation, commitment; understanding of purpose, shared goals, perceived value placed on learning outcomes?

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