Color-Space and Time

  • Lois Swirnoff
Part of the Design Science Collection book series (DSC)


Hue is a sensory initiator of the experience of space. In the visual field bright hues arrest the eye, localizing as they isolate themselves from their surroundings. The aggressiveness or visual insistence of red is a spatial phenomenon, as is the radiating effect of a yellow, or the recessive quality of a light, desaturated blue.


Contrast Effect Bright Color Film Color Window Frame Prolonged Observation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois Swirnoff
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  1. 1.Department of Art, Design, and Art HistoryUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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