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Richard Mehl

Richard Mehl has taught two-dimensional design, color theory and typography at the School of Visual Arts for over 10 years. His students have gone on to be award-winning designers and art directors for a range of international design offices, including Pentagram, Sagmeister & Walsh, The New York Times and New York Magazine. Mehl received an MFA from Yale School of Art, where he studied with graphic design legends Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson and Herbert Matter, type designer Matthew Carter, design educator Inge Druckrey, and information design guru Edward Tufte. Along with teaching, Mehl maintains an independent design practice in New York City. He is the author of Playing with Color: 50 graphic experiments for exploring color design principles.

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Playing with Color: Complementary colors

When I teach color, my goal is to create a new awareness—what Albers called "an eye for color.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

Playing with Color: Color Grids

The first time I really saw a color grid, I was passing by a class at Maine College of Art where I was teaching graphic design and typography.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

Playing with Color: A color theory dinner party

If you're looking for an unusual approach to a holiday social gathering, consider a color theory dinner party.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

Playing with Color: The Humble Leaf Collage

"Recognize the manifold use of the material, the changing organization and presentation — unhampered by either harmony or disharmony, but led by respect for both—discord and concord.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Pattern & Palette

Playing with Color: Not quite 50 shades of gray: the grayscale collage assignment

Imagine a white wall covered with collages composed of black, white and gray shapes, the smell of rubber cement, the taste of coffee, a mixture of fluorescent and daylight.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Professional Development

Playing with Color: Reinventing the Wheel

I teach a class called "Color Theory for Designers: Life Beyond Black, White and Red.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Pattern & Palette

Playing with Color: The Tangram is Timeless

It's appropriate that my first posting on RPI be about tangrams.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Professional Development

Playing with Color: Found Letterforms: Hunting for Type in Unusual Places

In my teaching, I see many beautiful images of color and typography—it is one of the benefits of my job as a typography instructor.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Pattern & Palette, Type