Nick Harkness, Colour Scientist, NHPL Sydney along with Stephen Westland, Professor of Colour Science and Technology and Dr. Vien Cheung School of Design, University of Leeds welcome you to our online training seminar Colour Made Simple designed to teach the fundamentals of visual colour assessment and instrumental colour measurement for Industry, Design and Research.

Colour Made Simple is ideal for:

  1. Large, medium sized, small organisations and Individuals. It enables good colour understanding and the ability to communicate colour issues within a range of departments e.g. Design, Marketing, Production, R &D plus Sales.

  2. Speaking the same colour language and using the same terminology is critical for product development, creative projects, IP and brand management when colour issues occur.

  3. New comers to an organisation. CMS represents a fast track into the world of colour measurement for a wide range applications.

  4. Universities looking to augment course material or university students seeking to deepen their knowledge on this subject over a wide range of academic disciplines

  5. People with a passion for colour


The are many advantages to an online platform for example:

  1. Available anytime from anywhere, no need to wait until a face to face seminar is planned for your location

  2. No time out for travel with related expense
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  3. No time restraints, fits in with busy schedules

  4. Students can work at their own pace without distractions

The content is based on a one-day face to face seminar which Nick Harkness, has been presenting for over 20 years to well over a thousand attendees from a broad range of industries and research institutions. A smorgasbord of colour theory

Professor Stephen Westland has also been presenting similar workshops and we, together with Dr Vien Cheung and Rebecca Harkness have decided to pool resources and offer this as an online seminar. The team from the University of Leeds have produced the online colour exercises which are an integral component of the seminar and are designed to colourfully describe the fundamentals of colour language.

Online attendees sign in individually for the seminar and there is no time limit set by us to complete the seminar which comprises of nineteen chapters. In addition to the colour exercises, there are tests at the end of each Chapters 1 to 18 which have to be completed before proceeding. 

Tertiary, Bachelor, Masters and PhD students can obtain a 50% discount. 

Please notify your course details to admin@colourmadesimple.com and we can then issue a discount coupon.

Online help is available by email only with a response time of up to 48 hours.

Check out Participant Reviews  below.


Course Curriculum

  • 1

    1. Introduction

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Colour Equilibrium

    • Chapter 1 Colour Equilibrium

    • Colour Notes from Professor Stephen Westland: Is there a color that two colors can't make?

    • Colour Equilibrium Quiz

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Colour has no boundaries

    • Chapter 2 Colour has no boundaries_2_18

    • Opinions on colour theory

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Colour Functions

    • Chapter 3 Colour Functions_3_18

    • Colour is Functional

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Colour Terms

    • Chapter 4 Colour Terms_4.18

    • Colour Terms

  • 6

    Chapter 5: Colour Theories - Aristotle to Hering

    • Chapter 5 Colour Theories Aristotle to Hering_5_18_A1_V2

    • Historical Colour Theory

    • Further explanation about additive and subtractive colour mixing.

  • 7

    Chapter 6: Colour Order and Vocabulary

  • 8

    Chapter 7: Light

    • Chapter 7 Light_7_18

    • Questions about LIght

  • 9

    Chapter 8: Causes of Colour

    • Chapter 8: Causes of Colour_8_18

    • Cause of Colour

  • 10

    Chapter 9: Colour Vision

    • Chapter 9: Colour Vision_9_18_2

    • Colour Notes from Professor Stephen Westland: How does the trichromatic theory explain color blindness?

    • Colour Vision Quiz

  • 11

    Chapter 10: The influence of light on colour perception

    • Chapter 10: The influence of light on colour perception

    • Colour Perception

  • 12

    Chapter 11: Other influences on colour perception

    • Chapter 11: Other influences on colour perception_11_18

    • Colour Contrasts

  • 13

    Chapter 12: Surface Appearance

    • Chapter 12 Appearance_12_18

    • Surface Colour Phenomena

  • 14

    Chapter 13: From Grassman to CIE 1931

    • Chapter 13: Grassman to CIE 1931

    • Colour Notes from Professor Stephen Westland: What color do you get when you mix blue and yellow?

    • Colour Notes from Professor Stephen Westland: Why are the prime colours in paint different than that in the spectrum?

    • CIE Basics

  • 15

    Chapter 14: CIELAB

  • 16

    Chapter 15: Additional Colour Difference Equations

    • Chapter 15 Additional Colour Difference Equations_15_18

    • Colour Difference Equations

    • CIELAB

  • 17

    Chapter 16: Instruments for measuring colour

    • Chapter 16 Instruments for measuring colour

    • Colour Measurement

  • 18

    Chapter 17: Quality Control Procedures

    • Chapter 17: Quality Control and Computer Colour Matching

    • Quality Control

  • 19

    Chapter 18: Applications for colour measurement A - Z

    • Chapter 18: Applications

    • Colour Notes from Professor Stephen Westland: Is orange a mix of red and yellow or spectral?

  • 20

    Conclusions and References

    • Conclusions and Bibliography

    • Glossary of Colour Terms

    • CMS_Notes_2020

About the presenter

Presenter

Nick Harkness

Over thirty years experience in colour, appearance and durability testing and education. Past-President of the Association Internationale de la Couleur, FTSC Surface Coatings Australia Professional Grade in Class of Fellow. Nick's extensive knowledge can help control the colour and appearance of your product – from the design stage right through to the end product.

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I completed the Colour Made Simple Online Training Course after my employer suggested the idea to me. As a development chemist in the coatings industry I find it imperative to understand the basics behind the interactions of coloured pigments as part of a topcoat system. Nick Harkness and his team provided me the fundamental tools and resources to learn and udnerstand colour science and how this applies to my day to day tasks in formulation and development. The course was self paced which provided the flexibility to learn and understand the modules completely. Furthermore, this allows me to pursue further reading on specific topics of interest without feeling rushed. It was very interesting to learn the history and evolution of colour science and how psychology plays a key role in colour theory, in addition to learning the science and mathematics of colour equations. Some modules had exercises linked, which allow for application of learned knowledge from the lecture and also for increased memory retention of certain concepts. Furthermore, the further reading page provides helpful resources to expand and investigate certain topics after the course was completed. Some helpful feedback to improve this course would be: > For the notes/slides for each module be made available for download as it was sometimes difficult to take constructive notes whilst watching the lecture. It would also allow me to revisit notes made at a later time. > Furthermore, adding some emphasis on the application of CIELAB/CMC equations to different industries, as I was made aware that the weight of constants for CIELAB2000 may be different according to the end purpose, so some examples where this may be the case will help with understanding and retention. > Some information regarding how the chemical and physical properties of pigments can change depending on how it is processed. It would also be nice to be provided a general overview on inorganic pigments too. > Some more application, examples and interactive exercises would be preferred, especially applying information regarding metamerism and colour assessment. Overall I did enjoy the colour course, and I found it useful for my purpose of understanding colour and visual assessment and how I can apply this theory into areas of my development work.

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