Color, Environment, and Human Response
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Written for architects, interior designers, and color consultants, this ambitious study explores the psychological and physiological effects of color in the man-made environment. Scientific findings and industry-by-industry examples are furnished to help professionals specify colors that will create healthful environments in hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other public facilities.


Frank H. Mahnke is President of the International Association of Color Consultants/Designers for which he conducts seminars on the psychological and physiological effects of color, light, and human reaction to the built environment. He is also the founder and director of the American Information Center for Color and Environment in San Diego, California. Mr. Mahnke is an environmental designer and consultant for architectural projects in the private sector as well as for local, state, and federal government.


What Is Color?: An Introduction from the Psychological Viewpoint.

Psychophysiological Effects.

Psychosomatrics, Emotions, and Design.

Characteristics and Effects of Major Hues.

Those Achromatic Environments.

Color Fundamentals.

Vision and Light.

Biological Effects of Light.

Analysis and Establishment of Design Goals.

Offices and VDT Computer Workstations.

Health Care Facilities.

Mental Health Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals.

Industrial Work Environments.


Food and Foodservice.

Color for Exteriors.

A New Role and Challenge.