Color in News Design

Course Overview

Color in News Design
Self-Directed Course
This $29.95 course is free thanks to the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Time Estimate:
This course takes about an hour to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Color, contrast and dimension play key roles in visual journalism. Each color imbues a unique mood or emotional overtone. When you learn what all these colors mean, you can pair them up with your copy for a dynamic presentation.

Color in News Design will show you how the visual elements of color, contrast and dimension complement the written word.

Please note: Some external files that are included in this course as design activities are currently not available. We are in the process of redeveloping this course so you will have access to all the files. We apologize for the inconvenience.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Make informed decisions about color
  • Identify the moods, or emotional overtones, created by different colors
  • Combine two or more colors to create effective contrasts
  • Use color combinations to create a sense of foreground and background
Who should take this course:

Designers, copy editors, photojournalists and anyone who wants to learn about the power of color, especially those who design pages for print or online.

Course Instructor:

Pegie Stark Adam

Pegie Stark Adam is director of Stark Adam Design, a firm that designs and redesigns newspaper, magazine, Web sites and corporate communications. She is also a faculty affiliate at The Poynter Institute.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 7.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection