February 22, 2013
This first book is chock full of color combinations, with specific references to a variety of adjectives (which you might find appropriate, or laughably odd). Not everything to my taste (NOTHING should ever be exactly to my taste, unless I wrote it myself), but certainly many good ideas, and lots of thought-starters.
Turns out that all three books by Kobayashi are fascinating little volumes, and cover a great deal of the same ground…Remember the 180 words, from which we were requested to choose our favorites and least favorites, that I wrote about back on February 5th? Color Image Scale printed a list of the 30 preferred and disliked words… Clearly, the list from which these were drawn was quite different from the list in the original Colorist book, but I still think that these word choices are fascinating. Bear in mind that this research was done in Japan in 1987 and 1988; I think some clear biases of time and place are evident.
Maybe everybody should email me their ten favorite and least-favorite words from February 5th (to the email@example.com) and I’ll pull my hair out working on a spreadsheet to aggregate what words were chosen by all of us…