Colour Made Simple

Our online training seminar, Colour Made Simple is a holistic and practical online approach to colour theory designed to teach the fundamentals of visual colour assessment and instrumental colour measurement for Industry, Design and Research.

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
  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 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

Chapter 10: The influence of light on colour perception
Chapter 16: Instruments for measuring colour

What's included?

21 Videos
18 Quizzes
7 Texts
8 PDFs
Nick Harkness
Nick Harkness

About the presenter

Over thirty years of technical experience in the field of instrumental appearance and colour measurement working with BYK Gardner (Germany), CyberChrome (USA), Konica Minolta (Japan), NCS Colour AB (Sweden) and VeriVide (UK).

Teaching activities: A one-day seminar format on colour theory for industry and research commenced in 1991 plus teaching ‘The Measurement of Light and Colour’, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales 2000 – 2006.

Oral and poster papers at Association Internationale de la Couleur (AIC), Australian Corrosion Association, Colour Society of Australia, Grain Growers Association Australian, Surface Coatings Association Australia and Linnean Society meetings.

 Member of the AIC Executive Committee since 2005 as an Ordinary Member (Chair of AIC Congress 2009), Secretary Treasurer, Vice-President, President and current Past-President

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What others have been saying about this course:

Genevieve Rossi

Fantastic Course

This course is so thorough, in depth and the sections are easy to follow. Highly recommended!

Patricia Del Favero

A thorough course on colour measurement

I found this course to be very thorough in providing an overview of the history and science behind colour measurement. Very informative and methodical in approach. Well worth the time invested in working through the program.

Lance Kelly

Colour Made Simple- Review by elder paint technologist

A good overview of colour theory and its application. Only issue of consequence was when completing the colour exercises and achieving a zero error result, there was no automatic redirect back to the next section of the course.

Tran-Quang Nguyen

The fundamentals of colour science taught in an easy and self paced format.

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 p...

Karen Coull

Colour Made Simple Review

This was an amazing introduction to the complex and very interesting topic of the effects and differences amongst colours. Some of the topics covered became very technical and it was a good insight into how involved the measurement of colour becom...

Bill Genigiorgis

Colour Made Simple on line course

Color made Simple on line course, is excellent in visual aspect, course covered all areas relating to color in a fairly simple manner and simple access to the course at any time any where with internet. .