Education Resources

The research of many color and educational professionals are an essential part of the Functional Colour & Design program. Below is a comprehensive list of the resources used to develop this unique program.

Book Author Publishing House Brief Explanation
A History of Colors
Manlio Brusatin Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Horticultural Hall
300 Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
A primer for those interested in deeper knowledge of the universe of color. Attention to physics and color theory.
Blue, The History of a Color
Michel Pastoureau Princeton University Press
41 William Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
An in-depth study of the symbolism and use of blue throughout the ages.
Bright Earth
The Invention of Colour
Philip Ball Penguin – Viking Complete text related to the history and discovery of pigments.
Color Answer Book
Leatrice Eiseman Capital Books, Inc.
Sterling, Virginia
Delves into all areas of life from decorating to fashion and health.
A Natural History of the Palette
Victoria Finlay Ballantine Books
New York
Information behind the legend of color.Stories behind colors.
Color & Human Response
Faber Birren Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc.
135 West 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
Aspects of light and color bearing on the reactions of living things and the welfare of human beings.
Color & Light In Man-Made Environments
Frank Mahnke
& Rudolfh Mahnke
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
115 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003
The psychological and biological effects of color and light, with detailed recommendations for their use.
Color And Culture
John Gage Bulfinch Press Book
Little, Brown and Company
Boston – Toronto – London
Practice and meaning of color from antiquity to Abstraction
Color and Meaning, Art Science and Symbolism
John Gage University of California Press
Berkeley & Los Angeles, California
Information regarding color, art, culture, literature, light and historical theory of color.
Color Codes
Charles A. Riley II University Press of England
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Modern theories of color in Philosophy, Painting and Architecture, Literature, Music and Psychology
Color Compendium A – Z, The
Hope and Walch Van Nostrand Reinhold
115 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Comprehensive color resource, set up in dictionary style… helpful in locating basic information regarding color.
Color Environment & Human Response
Frank H. Mahnke John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
605 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10158-0012
An interdisciplinary understanding of color and its use as a beneficial element in the design of the architectural environment.
Color Eyewitness Art
Alison Cole Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
232 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016
A comprehensive and visual guide to the use of color, from Renaissance painting to modern day masters.
Color Healing Home
Katherine Cumming
& Mitchell Beazley
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10016
Guide to improving your well-being and your home using color therapy.
Color in Busness, Science and Industry Judd & Wyszecki John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
New York – London – Sydney
Historcial book relating to factors of color and science. Information on colorants.
COLOR Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms
Donald Kaufmann
& Taffy Dahl
Clarkson & Potter, Inc.
201 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
Color Palettes and Decorating Guide for Interior Residential Spaces
Color Perception in Art
Faber Birren Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
115 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003
Color perception in the visual world of art… dealing with historical issues of color.
Color Psychology And Color Therapy
Library of Congress#61-14266
Faber Birren Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc.
135 West 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
Historical, Biological, Psychological and Visual Aspects of Color.
Colors For Your Every Mood
Leatrice Eiseman Capital Books, Inc.
Sterling, Virginia
Exploration of color, psychology, palettes and color nuance as it relates to personality and home.
Colors: The Story of Dyes and Pigments
Francois Delamare & Bernard Guineau Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
100 Fifth Avenue
New York, N.Y.10011
Complete History of Dyes and Colorants.
Helen Varley Marshall Editions Limited
71 Eccleston Square
London, SW1V1PJ
Extremely thoughtful look at color from a variety of perspectives… psychology, marketing, science, etc.
Comfort of Color, The
Susan Sargent Bulfinch Press
Time Warner Book Group
New York, N.Y.
Practical Interior Design Advice.
Elements of Color
Johannes Itten Van Nostrand Reinhold A treatise on the color system of Johannes Itten based on his book ‘The Art of Color.
Evidence – Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools
Peter C. Lippman Wiley A Responsive Approach to Creating Learning Environments
Fashion, The 20th Century
Francois Baudot Universe Publishing The 20th Century visual sourcebook. Retracing history of men’s and women’s fashion.
Healing With Color And Light
Theo Gimbel Simon & Schuster
Fireside/Rockefeller Center
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
Concepts on improving mental, physical, and spiritual health through color.
Houses We Live In, The
Jeffery Howe PRC Publishing Limited
London, England
Variety of Architectural Styles from Colonial to American Modern.
How People Learn
Bransford, Brown & Cocking National Academy Press
Washington, D.C.
Research about the mind, the brain and the process of learning.
In My Room
Antonio Torrice
& Ro Logrippo
Fawcett Columbine
New York, New York
A thoughtful guide to designing children’s spaces with their tastes in mind.
Judith Miller’s Color
Judith Miller Clarkson & Potter, Inc.
201 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
Period and Regional Color Style from Around the World
Language of Color, The
Dorothee L. Mella Warner Books, Inc.
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
Personality revealed through color.
Language of School Design
Prakash Nair, Randall Fielding, Jeffery Lackney National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
The Knowledge Works Foundation
Design Patterns and Commentary on 21st Century Schools
Light – Medicine Of The Future
Jacob Liberman, Ph.D. Bear & Company Inc.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2860
A study of how color may be used in the healing process.
Light, Color & Environment
Faber Birren Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc.
135 West 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
Role of color and light in commercial spaces. Psychological Reactions and Biological effects of color.
Living Colors
Margaret Walch
& Augustine Hope
Chronicle Books
275 Fifth Street
San Francisco, California 94103
An in-depth look at color palettes through the ages.
Luscher Color Test, The Ian Scott Washington Square Press
Random House Inc.
201 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
A guide to color personality which includes a small test to evaluate personal color preferences.
Simon Garfield W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10110
How one man invented a color that changed the world. The history of the color mauve.
The Spirit of Mexican Design
Levick, Cohan & Takahashi Chronicle Books
San Francisco, California
A vibrant celebration of Mexican art and life.
Pantone, Guide to Communicating w/Color
Leatrice Eiseman Grafix Press Ltd.
Design Books International
5562 Gulf Point Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34243 USA
Color psychology and color marketing associated with specific colors of the spectrum. Shown with color palettes.
Power Of Color, The
Sara Marberry
& Laurie Zagon
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
605 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10158-0012
Color used in commercial applications, aspects of healing properties examined. Issues of full-spectrum light explored.
Principles of Visual PerceptionSBN#0-442-20825-1 Carolyn M. Bloomer Litton Educational Publishing, Inc.
New York, N.Y.
Bridges gap between psychological research and art theory.
Primary Colors, The
Alexander Theroux Fitzhenry & Whitside Ltd.
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario L3R 4T8
Three essays on color, one each on red, yellow and blue, with text on nuances of each of these colors.
Primary Sources
Patricia Sloane Design Press
11 West 19th Street
New York, New York 10011
Selected writings on color from Aristotle to Albers.
Secondary Colors, The
Alexander Theroux Fitzhenry & Whitside Ltd.
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario L3R 4T8
Three essays on color, one each on orange, green and purple, with text on nuances of each of these colors.
Style Sourcebook, The
Judith Miller Stewart, Taborri & Chang
115 West 18th Street
New York, New York 10011
Definitive illustrated dictionary of fabrics, paints, wall papers, tiles and flooring.
Symbolism of Color, The
Faber Birren Citadel Press
Division of Lyle Stuart Inc.
120 Enterprise Avenue
Secaucus, New Jersey 07095
Explore the beauty and magic of color, as a vital part of life, religion and mysticism.
Tricia Guild on Color
Tricia Guild Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
300 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10010
Each color area is explored with respect to region, fabric, texture and ambience for the home.
What is going on in there?
Lise Eliot, Ph.D. Bantom Books
1540 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
General information about brain development in children.
Title Website / Contact / Resource
Color & Human Response Faber Birren
Color & Light In Man-Made Environments Frank Mahnke & Rudolfh Mahnke
Color Environment & Human Response Frank H. Mahnke
Color in Busness, Science and Industry Judd & Wyszecki
Color Psychology And Color Therapy Faber Birren
Colour Helen Varley
Elements of Color Johannes Itten
Healing With Color And Light Theo Gimbel
In My Room Antonio Torrice & Ro Logrippo
Light – Medicine Of The Future Jacob Liberman, Ph.D.
Light, Color & Environment Faber Birren
Pantone, Guide to Communicating w/Color Leatrice Eiseman
Power Of Color, The Sara Marberry & Laurie Zagon
Symbolism of Color, The Faber Birren
The Luscher Color Test Dr. Max Luscher
Theory of Colours Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe
An Environment that Positively Impacts Young Children www.earlychildhood
Do Schools Facilities Really Impact a Child’s Education
Sense of Hearing: The Foundation to commicating language and learning
The Five Senses
A Kinesthetic Learner – How they Sense of Touch Can Literally Transform Learning Deborah Laurel
One Touchy Topic Iowa Academy of Science 2011
The Sense of Touch and How It Affects Development Crystal Leonard
The World at Your Fingertips Scientific American Mind – September/October 2010
Integrating the Sense of Smell and Virtual Reality for Second Language Learning Miguel A. Garcia-Ruiz, Arthur Edwards, Raul Aquino-Santos, Omar Alvarez-Cardenas, Margarita G. Mayoral-Baldivia – University of Colima, Mexico
Our Smell Sense and How Scent Stimulation Affects Accelerated Learning
The effects of peppermint on enhancing mental performance and cognitive functioning, pain threshold and tolerance, digestion and digestive processes, and athletic performance Bryan Raudenbush, PhD, Wheeling Jesuit University, Department of Psychology/Sense of Smell Institute
The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance:
A Call for Research
Lindsay Baker, Harvey Bernstein, McGraw Hill
Nutrition and Learning Family Nutrition Education Program
Nutrition Improves Learning and Memory in School Children/Unilever R&D
Role of Nutrition and Learning and Behavior The Food and Nutrition Information Center
Title Website / Contact / Resource
Site of the First Public School
A Brief History of Education Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College
Free to Learn
American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline
Evolving Classroom
Historical Timeline of Public Education in the United States
History of Education Timeline: From 1600′s to Today Elizabeth Tinius
The History of Education Robert Guisepi
Title Website / Contact / Resource
33 Principles of Educational Design Dr. Jeffrey A. Lackney
A Better Place to Learn Darren James
School Planning & Management
Carpets in schools don’t compromise indoor air quality Susan S. Lang
Cornell News
Classroom Colors Mike Kennedy
American School & University
Classroom Design Principles that Improve Teaching & Learning
Classroom Lighting Knowhow
Coatings Help School Make the Grade Durability & Design
Color Concerns: It Is Not Just Personal Preference School Construction News
Color Has a Powerful Effect on Behavior, Researchers Assert Lindsey Gruson
The New York Times
Color in an Optimum Learning Environment Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Jeffery E. Cobble, Steven J. Gertel
International Center for Leadership in Education
Color in Preschools + Elementary Schools: Part 1 Colour Studio Inc
Color Sense Heidi Johnson & Jennifer Maki
American School & University
Cool School Bathroom Ideas Erin Schreiner
Design on a Dime Pam Maynard & James Woolum
School Planning & Management
Design Standards for Elementary, Middle/Junior High, and High School Counseling Facilities Carrie Ann Colvin Booher
Kenneth Tanner
Effect of Surface Reflectance on Lighing Efficiency and Interiors Rohini Singh, Rajan Rawal, Faculty of Design,
CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
12th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Sydney/2011
Environmental Factors Impact Children’s Ability to Learn Saul Wagner
Hertz Furniture
Floor Coverings
Full Spectrum Lighting Benefits
Guidelines for Facilities, Equipment and Instructional Materials in Elementary School Physical Education National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Ideal Learning Environment Beth Schapiro & Associates
Learning Per Square Foot Amy Kiefer
KI Furnishing Knowledge
Learning Spaces and Student Success William Dittoe
KI Furnishings Knowledge
Learning, Lighting & Color Randall Fielding
Lighting Ergonomics – Survey & Solutions Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety
Lighting the Learning Environment Randall Fielding
Low Cost Tips for School Interiors Michael Fickes
School Planning & Management
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Restroom and Locker Room Design Thomas C. Dolan
School Planning & Management
Sanitary, Safe and Green School Restrooms Mike Kennedy
American School & University
School Affects Learning Eva Marx & Daphney Northrop
School Colors: Making the Grade in the Classroom Allen Zielnik
Durability & Design
School Music Room – Critical Design Considerations Parallax Associates
Selecting Your Style Peter Gisolfi
School Planning & Management
Smart Classrooms & Carpet
Some Aspects of an Ideal Classroom:Color, Carpet, Light & Furniture Edward Nuhfer
California State University of the Channel Islands
The Evolution of School Washrooms and Locker Rooms Phil Jagelski
The Ideal Classroom: Kids Enabled Montie W. Stone
The Impact of Color on Learning Kathie Engelbrecht
Perkins & Will
The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance:
A Call for Research
Lindsay Baker, Harvey Bernstein, McGraw Hill
The Influence of the Physical Environment on Student Behavior Elizabeth Jago and Ken Tanner
The University of Georgia
Trends in Education Jessica Chevalier
Floor Daily –
Trends in Interior & Furniture Design: Function & Selection:
Take Your Seats
Jennifer Crawford & Ellen Farber
School Planning & Management
Unlock Learning Richard Clutter & Charles Tyler
School Planning & Management
Wear, Tear, Function Scott Berman
School Planning & Management
Title Website / Contact / Resource
Collaborative Learning in Higher Education Interior Sources/January-February 2011
Schools of the 21st Century Architectural Record/January 2013
Title Website / Contact / Resource
A Case of Daylight Robbery Psychology Today/March-April 1994
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture [ how environmental factors affect our brains]
Acoustical Society of America, called Acoustical Performance Criteria, design Requirements and Guidelines for Schools/ANSI-ASA 12.60 [A23]
American School and University Magazine
Architecture Is Fun
Brain Based Learning E. Jensen/Brain Store Publishing
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
CEFPI – Council of Educational Facility Planners International
Center for Green Schools at the USGBC– /
Council of Educational Facility Planners International, for conferences, journal and other resources
DesignShare, for forums, articles and competitions
EPA Tools for Schools Program [for Indoor Air Quality]
Green Education Foundation, for lesson plans and curricula for teachers
Influence of fluorescent lights on hyperactivity and learning disabilities – Journal of Learning Disabilities John N. Ott
International Building Performance Simulation Association
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, for a wealth of information on school buildings
National Research Council NRC
NRC/Mendell and Health 2005
Psychological Room Design and Color Dynamic Heinrich Frieling
Rae Pica/
School Planning & Management Magazine
Susan Mazer
The Effect of Color and Light on Selected Elementary School Students E. Grangaard
The Power of Color M. Walker