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Design Media Arts 21: Color

This Library Research Guide is intended as a starting place for UCLA researchers, pointing to resources and strategies for finding information about color, color theory, color systems, and using color in design.

Architecture and Design Librarian, and Team Lead for Collections

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Janine Henri
Arts Library
1400 Public Affairs Building
Box 951392
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1392

Janine is available for reference and research consultations for:

Architecture and Urban Design
Design Media Arts
Image Resources

Other Research Tutorials

Access to Print Resources (as of 3/20/20)


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan. You can also temporarily access digitized print books via HathiTrust, although you cannot download or print these books--only do screenshots.

The library is also extending access to our print collection beyond what's available in HathiTrust through the Pilot Emergency Temporary Digititzation on Request Service (PETDOR). Please review the PETDOR FAQ for guidance on using this service. 

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    


Interaction of Color App for iPad

The UCLA Arts Library has acquired several copies of the award-winning Interaction of Color App for iPad, for use by UCLA students and researchers. iPads pre-loaded with the app are available for check-out by borrowers with UCLA Bruin ID cards from the Arts Library Circulation Desk when the library is open.

A demo 'trailer' is available for viewing, to whet your appetites!

Color and Color Theory

Search the UCLA Library Catalog under the following Subject Headings to locate sources related to color theory, color systems, and using color in design:

Color computer graphics
Color decoration and ornament
Color in advertising
Color in art
Color in design
Color -- study and teaching
Color perception
Color printing
Color -- psychological aspects
Color -- terminology

Each section of the stacks (Stacks, Oversize, Reference, Current Periodicals, etc.) can be browsed by call number, as can the library catalog. The Arts Library has a closed stacks area called "The Cage" where delicate, fragile, and rare materials are shelved; you will discover these materials when searching or browsing the library catalog. Try browsing these call numbers:


These resources are also recommended: