Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Regina Blaszczyk on the Business of Color

In September, MIT Press published Regina Lee Blaszczyk's book, The Color Revolution, in which she "traces the relationship of color and commerce, from haute couture to automobile showrooms to interior design, describing the often unrecognized role of the color profession in consumer culture." Readers can see some of the 121 color illustrations featured in the book at the MIT PressLog here and here. The author has recently written an essay on her research for the book in the Hagley Archives for the Hagley Library and Archives newsletter.
   Reviews can be found in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Leonardo, and Imprint; one can listen to an audio interview with Reggie Blaszczyk, and read her posts, "How Auto Shows Sparked a Color Revolution" on the Echoes blog and "True Blue: DuPont and the Color Revolution" on the Chemical Heritage Foundation website. Also available is a CHF video of the author discussing another excerpt from her research, "Pan Am Blue and Powder Room Pink: How Chemistry Created Vintage Modern."
    The work has been chosen by Phil Patton of "Designers and Books" as one of his Notable Books of 2012.