Color Library – Research into Color Reproduction and Printing
This book is a database of color profiles for artists, designers, photographers, and printers who are looking for a novel yet professional color management solution. It offers a wide variety of color combinations, from basic colors through metallic, neon, and pastel.
Created at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, “Color Library” was launched in 2014. Initially developed for experimental purposes, the project was extended in order to create an online platform for development and distribution. This nonprofit website has a dual objective: to distribute an innovative tool for artists, designers, and printers, and to make students aware of color theory and color management—one of the main fields of contemporary design research. Among the graphic designers and creative structures that have used and/or are using “Color Library” are Åbäke, Vitra, Baldinger•Vu-Huu, Edition Patrick Frey, Zak Kyes, Istituto Svizzero, Kunsthalle Basel, and Nero Publishing.
The publication documents the different chromatic and technical possibilities offered by “Color Library” and includes a commissioned visual essay by Zurich-based photographer Shirana Shahbazi as well as essays by London-based writer, curator, and graphic design expert Emily King, Manon Bruet, and Franz Sigg. [publisher's note]