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Color History & Hubris

I finished reading a fabulous book on the history of color and colorants called “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair. The design of the book is, appropriately enough, full of color, from the multi-colored polka dots on the front cover to the color bands on the page edges. Deep dives into a particular topic over the course of history, such as this book presents, provide a concentrated look at the development of…

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