Online Resources:

Color palette generator:

Color Scheme Designer
This tool generates color schemes that can be used in limiting color choices in designing multimedia content. This is a great tool to introduce students to the science of color theory.


Cannon, T. (2010, December). An introduction to color theory for web designers Retrieved June 16 from

Entry Level (especially non-artists):

Williams, Robin. Non-Designer's Design Book, The, 3rd Edition. Published Feb 12, 2008. Peachpit Press.

Williams, Robin. Non-Designer's Type Book, The, 2nd Edition. Published Sep 22, 2005. Peachpit Press.

Williams, Robin. Non-Designer's Design and Type Books, Deluxe Edition, The. Published Oct 15, 2007. Peachpit Press.

Williams, Robin. Non-Designer's Presentation Book, The. Published Oct 15, 2009. Peachpit Press.


Samara, Timothy., Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual. April 1, 2007. Rockport Publishers;

Macario, Joyce. Graphic Design Essentials: Skills, Software and Creative Solutions. January 2, 2009. Prentice Hall.

Evans, Poppy & Mark A. Thomas. Exploring the Elements of Design, 2 edition. August 15, 2007. Delmar Cengage Learning.

More in depth look at the field of Design and Communication:

Ryan, William E & Theodore E. Conover., Graphic Communications Today, 4E. December 24, 2003. Delmar Cengage Learning.


Artist Toolkit, The. Elements & Principles Interactive Experience.

Avotins,Girts. Elements of Art.

Engle, Chad. Lost Principles of Design.

Getty Museum, The J. Paul. Understanding Formal Analysis.

McClurg-Genevese, Joshua David. Principles of Design.

National Gallery of Art, The. The Elements of Art.

Pikuet, K. Elements & Principles of Art Slideshow.

Wegenast. Elements & Principles of Design Handout.