Color by Design

Tim Travis, Here Design


Color by Design is attractively simple: a celebration and exploration of color, as revealed through objects in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Structured by color and beautifully designed, it offers fascinating insights into the choices made by designers and makers from across the world and throughout history.

Each chapter begins with a brief introduction that considers the universal significances of an individual color. Objects—from items of jewelry, textiles, glassware, and ceramics to furniture and more—are reproduced in a visual selection that explores the varied hues of every color. However different objects within each section may be in their detail and meaning, they are united by their common color, revealing surprising connections between them. Throughout, narrative captions detail the history and symbolism of the colors.

A highly visual, color-led survey of design and the applied arts, Color by Design is a compelling source book with broad appeal for anyone interested or involved in all aspects of visual culture.


Tim Travis

Edited By

Tim Travis is a curator in the Word & Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Here Design


Here Design is an award-winning design studio whose books include An Anarchy of Chillies, Herbarium, The Grammar of Spice, and Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors.