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Duotone is a lovely book all about two-tone palettes and limited color schemes in design. Even the cover of the book has a two-tone palette. Duotone has three major sections: color matching, duotone effects, and gradation. The purpose of this book is to show how effective and strong limited color schemes are in design. By having duotones from a variety of projects including book covers, posters, brochures, posters, and more, this book is useful for every kind of designer. Each page also includes swatches if you find yourself interested in using similar colors to the designs in the book.

This book explores designs created by more than one designer, showing how duotones can effectively be used with different styles, compositions, typefaces, and illustrations. Although I do not own this book, I found myself drawn to it. I’d love to buy it one day soon to look through all the pages to better understand how to limit the color palette in my designs. I think this book is great source for inspiration if you’re interested in limited color schemes.


  1. lbaya wrote:

    This book seems great! Definitely a good source for inspiration and I’m sure after getting a good understanding of what the book has to offer, you’ll be able to implement them into your designs!

    Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Permalink
  2. gpham4 wrote:

    Wow! This book is so aesthetically pleasing… And designed so well! Now I want to own this book one day. And I agree, a limited color palette is so powerful when used correctly.

    Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:06 am | Permalink
  3. clatessa wrote:

    This book looks so well done! Adding this one to the Christmas list

    Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  4. mdecarl2 wrote:

    Duotones have become more popular in recent time, especially due to Spotify’s wide use of the color approach. This book appears to be a good read for fellow designers!

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm | Permalink