The Colour Wheel

This is a version of the colour wheel. It was introduced to me by Geoff White who was taught it by Victor Passmore whilst at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Although colour is basic to visual communication. It is important to understand its properties and how these change through different situations such as lighting conditions. A little time studying this will benefit the designer and give a more informed basis for choosing colour.

You can see my YouTube video tutorial on how to create this design at:

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  • Nick (Nicholas) Birchall 4y

    Not seen this before. It is a little like the pantone specification book, where colour can be seen
    as various tint values.
  • Tony Pritchard 4y

    Hi Nick. The image that I first saw of this was in paint. Geoff has said that you can do it with any shape. I just recreated the one that I saw by analysing the original. It's the sort of thing Geoff White would do with his students at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. They would do a lot of colour studies in paint then silkscreen. It was a bit odd recreating this on the computer because I wasn't sure whether I should be talking in terms of Pantone specials or CMYK or RGB. Ideally I would have liked to have had this chart as an interactive example where you could roll over the colours and see the mixes in different colour systems. There is an even more complex version of the colour wheel and that's the colour sphere. I'll leave that for another time!
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