Mehlhaus Color Chord Cards
for tenor guitar
April 2014

gouache paint on plywood
designed by Ji Park
Principles of Visual Language
School of Visual Arts

Playing with Color:
50 graphic experiments for exploring
color design principles


The Mehlhaus Color Chord Cards, manufactured by Moo, include 48 chord diagrams for tenor guitar: 12 chords in four variations: major, minor, major 7th and minor 7th. Each chord diagram is expressed in split-complementary colors based on Johannes Itten's Color Star.


When I teach color, I introduce my students to a new awareness of color—what Albers called "an eye for color." In the second semester of Principles of Visual Language at the School of Visual Arts, we study fundamental color design concepts, including Johannes Itten's seven color contrasts, and Albers' color illusion experiments. Students leave the class with a creative toolkit—a set of color principles that can be applied in a broad range of situations. 

Playing with Color is a workbook of color experiments for professional graphic designers, students of art and design, and DIY enthusiasts—a highly accessible and playful approach to the serious study of color.

Published by Rockport Publishers, 2013.
Now available in Japanese translation!