Color Design Resources

Our mission is to make a positive contribution to the global color community by sharing evidence-based color design information and resources. With a focus on color theory, research and application relevant to applied design and design of the built environment, we support and color activations as well as color-related events, seminars, workshops and awards 

Founded in 2017, Color Design Resources (formerly known as the Colour Collective Sydney) relocated to Muscle Shoals in 2023 and continues to have links with the International Color Association (AIC) and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) through our co-founder Zena O'Connor.

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


ISCC Webinar - January 2024

Here’s an interesting webinar from ISCC coming up in January 2024 - Exploring Dye Histories in Bold: Color from Test Tube to Textile.

The webinar coincides with the exhibition: BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile - which focuses…

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Webinar Series - 2024

We're excited to be partnering with the Aged Care Industry Association to present a series of seminars in 2024 plus we'll have more seminars announced soon.  

Color Design for Aged Care and Dementia Care is a 2-hour online seminar and…

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Color Research and Application - Special Issue

The September/October 2023 issue on Environmental Color Design in Color Research and Application features eighteen articles, all of which are fascinating and at the forefront of environmental color design research including:

Doreen Balabanoff – ‘Color, light, and birth space design:…

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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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Getting it White

Thousands of white paint colors exist and this can complicate color scheme specification. However, three key issues are important to consider and these can help simplify white paint color specification.  

Firstly, what is the aim of the project in terms…

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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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