Color Design Resources

Our mission is to make a positive contribution in the global color community by sharing evidence-based color design information and resources. We support color activations, color-related events, seminars, workshops and color awards. 

Our focus includes color theory, research and application relevant to applied design and design of the built environment. Founded in 2017, we have links with the International Color Association (AIC) and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC).

Image: City of Westminster College, mural by Lothar Götz (2011).


Color Design Seminar - August 17

We're excited to be partnering with the Aged Care Industry Association to present this 2-hour online seminar! 

Effective color design in healthcare, aged care and dementia care has moved beyond aesthetics. In the past, color design strategies focused on creating…

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A New Take on Hering's Theories

This simple color model illustration relates to Ewald Hering’s opponent color theory. However, a newly published research paper reviews the psychological and physiological evidence for Hering’s Opponent Colors Theory and concludes the theory is wrong. 

According to Conway, Malik-Moraleda, &…

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Color Design Seminar - August 10

We're excited to partner with Resene Paints and Building Design Queensland for this online seminar -  Residential Color Strategies - presented by Dr Zena O'Connor. 

Presentation overview - While hue is often thought to contribute to mood and ambience plus…

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Award-winning Community Project

Today is the 6th anniversary of our award-winning community project, which was timed to coincide with Vivid Sydney 2017. The project featured saturated colors in a simple pattern that mimicked the brightly-colored yacht sails on Sydney Harbour.

Research indicates that…

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Online Webinar - Healthcare and Aged Care

Next session - 17 August 2023. This online webinar for architects, designers, and colour specifiers was hosted by the Aged Care Industry Association and featured evidence-based information.

Effective colour design in healthcare, aged care and dementia care has moved beyond…

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Demystifying Color - Video

We excited to share this webinar ‘Demystifying Color: Making Sense of Different Color Systems’. 

The webinar, which we did in partnership with Resene New Zealand was presented by Dr Zena O'Connor, explores the differences among key color systems including Hex…

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From Dresser to Bauhaus

There's an interesting link between one of the first British industrial designers Christopher Dresser and Walter Gropius' Bauhaus Manifesto. Dresser (1834-1904) published Principles of Decorative Design (1870) and Walter Gropius (1883-1969) published the Bauhaus Manifesto in 1919, only fifteen years…

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Awards Sponsor - Enmore Design Centre

Our last Color Awards sponsorship event in Australia before heading off to the United States were the ‘Unstoppable’ Graduate Awards and Exhibition 2022 at the Enmore Design Centre on 1st December 2022. 

The five graduates who received one of our…

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Color Psychology Workshop

Color Psychology workshop - new dates for our schedule of in-person color workshops.

Color has the capacity to influence human response. This interactive Color Psychology workshop helps you to sort fact from fiction, and gives you evidence-based knowledge about human…

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Color Fundamentals Workshop

We're excited to offer the first in our schedule of in-person color workshops again!  

Our 3-hour interactive workshops blend practical exercises with evidence-based content in an accessible, informative, and fun way. You’ll leave each session armed with invaluable insight and…

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Online Seminar

We're excited to present this CPD seminar in conjunction with the Aged Care Industry Association. 

Thursday 16 June - 1:30 to 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time (1:00-3:00pm South Australia and 11:30-1:30pm Western Australia) 

3 Formal CPD points for architects and designers…

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Color Psychology Workshop

Now that the pandemic is almost over and restrictions have lifted, we're excited to present this Color Psychology Workshop at the Queens Club in Sydney at 10:30am on 2 June. So, if you're a member or if you know a…

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