Johannes Itten - Saturation - Pierced Man [Illustration]

Itten: Language of Color

The series of illustrations pictured throughout this page are designed to showcase Johannes Itten’s 7 theories of color and how they interact in modern design.

 

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Contrast of Saturation

The contrast is formed by the juxtaposition of light and dark values and their relative saturation. This could be a monochromatic composition.

Johannes Itten - Warm & Cool - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Warm and Cool

The contrast is formed by the juxtaposition of hues considered ‘warm’ or ‘cool.’ This is often the easiest contrast to achieve perceived three dimensional depth due to advancing & receding characteristics of most warm colors in relation to cool colors.

Johannes Itten - Simultaneous - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Simultaneous Contrast

The contrast is formed when the boundaries between colors perceptually vibrate. Some interesting illusions are accomplished with this contrast.

Johannes Itten - Hue - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Hue

The contrast is formed by the juxtaposition of different hues. The greater the distance between hues on a color wheel, the greater the contrast.

Johannes Itten - Light & Dark - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Light and Dark

The contrast is formed by the juxtaposition of light and dark values. This could be a monochromatic composition.

Johannes Itten - Compliments - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Compliments

The contrast is formed by the juxtaposition of color wheel or perceptual opposites.

Johannes Itten - Extension - Pierced Man [Illustration]
Contrast of Extension

Also known as the Contrast of Proportion. The contrast is formed by assigning proportional field sizes in relation to the visual weight of a color. This could be a monochromatic composition.