A Colour Palette Methodology


  • Maria Kirk Mikkelsen Designskolen Kolding




Colour, design, method cards, design students, didactics, colour harmonies


This paper presents “The Colour Combination Cards”; a method collection for design students to be used in the creation of colour palettes. Since a design process is influenced and controlled by various methods, this project suggests using a defined methodology in the work with colour palettes in order to give more variety to the design of colour schemes. The methodology is presented to the students as method cards that can be combined and applied in their design work.

The methods are divided into four categories: Plan, Create, Adjust and Review. None of the methods are conclusive but indicate possible approaches to colour work and vary from quite practical and intuitive to completely systematic methods based on theories of colour harmonies. The paper describes the methodology and concludes by presenting two cases where “The Colour Combination Cards” have been applied in colour classes as well as a discussion on future work.

Author Biography

Maria Kirk Mikkelsen, Designskolen Kolding

Maria Kirk Mikkelsen is senior lecturer at Kolding School of Design in Denmark. She teaches both applied design methodology as well as colour-material strategies in design. Her research interests lie in the intersection between design and didactics. Parallel to her academic work Mikkelsen also has a carrier as a design professional creating colour-material strategies for interior spaces.


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How to Cite

Mikkelsen, M. K. (2018) “A Colour Palette Methodology”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 10, pp. 43–48. doi: 10.23738/ccsj.i102018.05.