E-courses about color

Tap the power of color in these online courses from Jill Morton, the author of Color Matters.

The Psychology of Color Symbolism

The Psychology of Color Symbolism - online course from Jill Morton Color Matters

Learn how to use color to its fullest potential

"The Psychology of Color Symbolism" gives you the most comprehensive and objective information about color symbolism so that you can confidently send the right color messages in any design project or any area of your life and work. Online learning makes it even easier because you can take the course at your own pace.

Instead of color confusion, you'll be able to use color confidently with the most up-to-date training in the psychology of color symbolism. And it’s taught by a color consultant Jill Morton, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies - and who's also a University professor and the author of 10 books about color.

Learning color has never been easier – and especially so because this is an eCourse. The 16 colorful videos illustrate much more than just reading about a color. You'll visually experience colors as part of the learning process instead of having to imagine it. The worksheets and resources are powerful references for your color projects and the quizzes are a fun way to test your knowledge.

Who is this for:

"The Psychology of Color Symbolism" eCourse is designed for everyone - for all creative people – who are interested in color and want to supercharge their color know-how.

If you're a design professional looking to add some serious science to your color knowledge and an edge on your competition, this is a must-do course for you.

If you love color, you'll love it even more when you finish this course – and your colors may never be the same.

Enroll now and get immediate access to this self-paced online course.

Foolproof Color Formulas for Interior Design

 Foolproof Color Formulas for Interior Design

Expand your knowledge of color, boost your creativity, and supercharge your enthusiasm.

10 things you’ll learn in “Foolproof Color Formulas for Interior Design”:

  • One easy process to plan a layout for a room in minutes instead of hours.
  • Two rules for assessing the arousal effects of color
  • Three keys to attention-getting colors
  • Four fake color theories
  • Five ways that color sub-consciously affects a person’s sensory perceptions
  • Six tips for picking a perfect paint color
  • Seven sources of visual fatigue
  • Eight formulas for color harmony
  • Nine learning exercises and worksheets
  • Ten terms that professional designers use to describe color

 Who is this for?

Interior designers and decorators, architects, color consultant, industry professionals, and all color enthusiasts. If you're a design professional looking to add some serious science to your color knowledge and an edge on your competition, this is a must-do course for you.

"Foolproof Color Formulas for Interior Design” is the first and only online course that delivers the same content as a full semester college or university level course about color for interior design. It couldn't be easier because you can learn at a pace that works for you.

Enroll now and get immediate access.

Color Harmony for Your Home

Color Harmony for Your Home

Let color change your life!

"Color Harmony for Your Home" shows you how to pinpoint your mood boosting colors – and the science behind it. You'll be empowered to put your personality into your home and create a unique and memorable presence.

Instead of having an interior designer telling you what you should do, you can take control of your home and create the mood and the effect that best suit you and your family or any others in your home.

It couldn't be easier! You'll be guided you through a logical sequence of steps for a full makeover of your home or a partial makeover of a room.

You'll learn how to use your color intuition AND blend this intuition with interior design research that’s backed up by science. The course empowers you with the trade secrets that interior designers use. In a few hours you'll have the confidence to have your first project underway.

Who is this for?

"Color Harmony for Your Home" is for all color enthusiasts who want a DIY solution to transforming their home with color. 

Online learning makes it even easier because you can take the course at your own pace.

Enroll now and get immediate access to this self-paced online course.

 Organic Color Symbolism

Organic Color Symbolism

Do you need quick and easy answers for color symbolism?

You'll learn the most universal symbolism of colors and be able to use it to send the right messages. It's designed for everyone - for all creative people - for anyone who wants immediate answers for what any color symbolizes.

 Take at your own pace - or complete the course in less than 2 hours.

 Some details about what the Organic Color Symbolism course delivers:

  • "Organic Color Symbolism" will give you the most basic and powerful formula for determining the symbolism of any color.
  • You'll learn the simple process for analyzing the timeless symbolism of colors.
  • You'll explore the importance of personal feelings about color - and how to use them for the best results.

"Organic Color Symbolism" will pave the way for you to use color confidently for the most powerful effect in any area of your life. 

Enroll now and get immediate access in minutes.

Color Matters Course Catalogue

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A great resource! An eBook from the author of Color Matters

Color Encyclopedia


Color Matters for Kids

Color Matters has a special section about color for children. Please see the "Fun Color Matters" menu at the left. or click on any of the links below.


The Global Color Survey
What color makes you happy? What's your favorite color? Tell us what you think about color. After you take the Global Color Survey, you'll find out what 130,000 from all over the world said about color.


Explore The Meanings of Colors

The Meanings of Yellow

PurpleRedYellow - BlueGreen - Pink


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Color/ General

1. Hope and Walch, THE COLOR COMPENDIUM , Van Norstrand Reinhold 1990
This book covers all aspects of color. An excellent starting point.

Color /Aesthetics / Art

1. Itten, Johannes, THE ELEMENTS OF COLOR, Van Norstrand Reinhold
A must for artists. Basic principles as well as interesting psychological and optical information.

2. Albers, Josef , THE INTERACTION OF COLOR , Yale University.
This classic book explains the critical contextual relationships of color. How and why colors change their appearance.

3. Arnheim, Rudolph, ART AND VISUAL PERCEPTION, University of California Press.
The most thorough and academic book about design principles.

4. Morton, J.L., COLOR LOGIC, Colorcom, 2008
A practical, visual guide that takes the guesswork out of color theory. This clear, concise, and fully-illustrated book presents a complete picture of color terminology, harmony, and dynamic color effects. 172 illustrations take you from understanding essential theory to application. Currently being used as a text book for design courses in the US, Canada and Australia.

5. Birren, Faber, Color Perception in Art, 1976

6. Chevreul, M.E.,  Harmony and Contrast of Colors, 1967

7. Goethe, J.W., Theory of Colours, 1971.

8. Chris Willard: Reading List

9. Chronological Bibliography on Color Theory
In Spanish and English - A chronological bibliography on color theory, from Plato to 1997. You can perform a search by keywords here.

Color / Interior Environments and Architecture

1. Birren, Faber, LIGHT COLOR AND ENVIRONMENT, Schiffer Publishing , 1988

2. Mahnke, Frank and Mahnke, Rudolf, COLOR AND LIGHT IN MAN-MADE ENVIRONMENTS, Van Norstrand, 1993

3. Swirnoff, Lois, DIMENSIONAL COLOR, Van Norstrand

4. Morton, J.L., Color Voodoo for the Office, Colorcom, 2006
Color effects in the workplace. The same concepts can be applied to any critical task area. Physiological, psychological and optical effects of color plus formulas for harmonious color schemes.


6. Morton, J.L., Color Matters for the Home, Colorcom, 2010

6. Leatrice Eiseman, Colors for Your Every Mood : DISCOVER YOUR TRUE DECORATING COLORS - a basic guide for women

Color and Web Site Design

1. Visibone : Color References: Cards, charts, posters which helps you visualize all color options when laying out a site or composing graphic images.

2. Morton, J.L., Color Logic for Web Site Design, Colorcom, 2009
A practical, visual guide that takes the guesswork out of color theory for web site designers. This clear, concise, and fully-illustrated book presents a complete picture of color terminology, harmony, and dynamic color effects. 223 illustrations take you from understanding essential theory to specific web design applications

encyclopedia web color design

Color / Science / Physics

1. Falk,Brill ,and Stork, SEEING THE LIGHT, Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision and Holography , John Wiley and Sons, 1986
An excellent technical source for the physics of light.

2. Color Research and Application
reports on the science, technology, and application of color in business, art, design, education, and industry.

3. MED-LINE searches
Search for chromotherapy, photobiology and color

Color / Philosophy

1.Westphal, Jonathan, COLOUR, A Philosophical Introduction , Basil Blackwell, 1991

Color / Psychology and Symbolism

1.Sharpe, Deborah, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR AND DESIGN , Nelson Hall Inc. 1982
An excellent scientific analysis of critical psychological color effects.

2. Morton, J.L., A Guide to Color Symbolism, Colorcom, 2008.
Confidently choose the right color to support your message with this visual guide to color symbolism. Each of the 100 + large color swatches are defined by specific symbolic associations and RGB/HEX formulas.

3. Morton, J.L.,Colors that Sell - Tried & Tested Color Schemes, Colorcom 2008

4. Morton, J.L., Global Color: Clues and Taboos, Colorcom 2008

Illustrates how to choose the right colors for international designs

6. Hartman, THE COLOR CODE

7. Gage, John, COLOR AND CULTURE, 1993.

8. Gage, John, COLOR AND MEANING, 1999

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General Information

Colour Order Systems in Art and Science
(English, Francais, Deutsch) - Do you know Isaac Newton’s Theory of Colour? Or maybe Goethe’s? This site includes a total of 59 easy-to-understand, richly illustrated colour theories from Antiquity to modern times. Also, an excellent analysis of color and cultures (Islamic, Chinese, Hebrew).


Color Research and Application
reports on the science, technology, and application of color in business, art, design, education, and industry.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
hosts a database from National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (Search PubMed)

A commercial site, which allows you to access PSYCLIT (or PSYCINFO as it is now called). Some fees may apply. For example a search for "color" will bring up research about color... for example: "Different shades of perception."

Hanover Psychologly Department
Search for Electronic Journals and Periodicals

Exploratorium - a great resource

Modern color models
Munsell. CIE lab and others

Electromagnetic Spectrum


Lilac Chaser (***A must see ***)
Amazing optical illusions.

Vision Science
Great resource

Handprint: Color Vision
Light and the eye, color making attributes, forms of color

Color Design and Web Design Information

The Power of Color - Interactive!
One of the best tutorials on the web. Excellent design, easy to understand basic concepts (from The Poynter Institute)

Universal Color Language, Level 3
The best reference for "Universal Color Terms"

Interactive Color Wheel
Experiment with saturation, intensity, hue, and luma

Color Codes
Color codes from a variety of sources (RGBHEX, HSL, CMYK)

The Color Spot at HTML Station
A collection of pages about color definitions used in HTML attributes and Cascading Style Sheets.

The Webmaster's Reference Library: Web Site Design Tips and Tutorials

Unsafe Colormatch
Create color themes in 24-bit color. IE 5.5 or higher required

Make a splash with color
Answers to color questions from the Tech Museum of Innovation and Adobe

Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer


Color and Design Organizations

The Inter-Society Color Council is the principal professional society on the field of color in the United States, encompassing the arts, sciences and industry

ad chroma
International organization for color communication, research and eductation ((francais & english)

A not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1996. Our mission: to bring together volunteer communities who transform public spaces by combining color with collaboration. We specialize at re-imagining spaces used by inner city youth.

AIA The American Institute of Architects

ASID The American Society of Interior Designers

CAUS - Color Association of the United States


Pigments, watercolor, brushes and much more

Color Consultants and Artists

color consultation for branding and marketing

Tap the power of color with professional advice from the experts at Colorcom

Designing Living & Learning Environments for the Young
Design for children from the award-winning design journalist, RO LOGRIPPO

Resources for the creative professional

World Wide Art Resources
Gateway to arts information and culture on the Internet

Internet for the Fine Arts
A network of artists, galleries, museums, organizations, and resources relating to the fine arts.



For children and the young at heart

Bubbles in Your Eyes!

Color and Health and Beauty

Colors for your wardrobe
Free online color makeover.

New Age -Color Therapy


Color/Colour Therapy Net
A page at the Mining Company that focuses on color therapy.

Color and Astrology


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