Colours of Health & Care

Colors have so many social and cultural meanings that most of us are probably unaware that those meanings subconsciously bias us as designers when we talk about color in health care environments. Designers talk about "cool", receding colors such as blues that are "ideal" in health care settings, because they are "calming". Or, they'll say that reds are "active" colors that are best left to pediatric play areas, for instance.

The book with the practical colour fan is an essential planning tool for designing medical practices, hospitals or retirement homes. "Colours of Health & Care" presents 120 current terms from the health care sector and their colour translation into the RAL DESIGN System. On the one hand, the work considers the Colours of Health and Care regarding colour theoretical-artistic aspects, and on the other hand with an analytical-scientific approach and serves as planning aid for a patient-friendly, effective, humane-aesthetic colour design for all fields of the health care system: the practice, hospital or rehabilitation centre, the hotel, retirement home or living-at-home at old age.

The author Axel Venn is professor for design and colour design and has developed the creative basis fort his book. He lives in Berlin and enjoys international recognition as colour and design consultant as well as trend scout.

available from: www.ral-farben.de.

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