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Review: Color Index XL

For designers who enjoy a handy reference to quickly finding colors, the Color Index XL by Jim Krause is a welcome addition to their creative bookshelves. Following its pocked-sized predecessors, the Color Index is a large-format version of the guide to matching colors in various schemes. It also includes a primer on color theory.

The design of the book is quite excellent. It is simple, non-intrusive, and pairs colors well with unique patterns. RGB and CMYK codes are included for designers to transfer into their works. As a graphic designer, I find much use in these resources for inspiration; although, quite frankly, a color scheme website may be quicker to navigate and access colors. Therefore, this may be a piece to peruse occasionally but may not be my primary go-to. Nevertheless, this large book will still remain a part of my toolkit.

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