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The Psychology Of Color


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The Psychology Of Color

  1. 1. Color Theory The Psychology of Color
  2. 2. A new look at color… <ul><li>Why is your favorite shirt, or outfit, your favorite? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do advertisers use certain colors to advertise their products? </li></ul><ul><li>How do colors influence our lives every day? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Green </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Envy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cools and calms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowers blood pressure and appetite </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Red </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases heart rate and blood pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases appetite </li></ul></ul>Archetypal Colors
  5. 5. <ul><li>Blue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebirth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowers blood pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreases appetite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue also symbolizes loyalty and that is why one should wear blue to a job interview. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People are also more productive in blue rooms and increase work efficiency. </li></ul></ul>Archetypal Colors
  6. 6. <ul><li>Purple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal, mysterious color, associated with both nobility and spirituality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purple robes were worn by royalty and people of authority or high rank. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Purple Heart is a U.S. Military decoration given to soldiers wounded in battle. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taco Bell uses purple change the perception of their cheap food. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purple is also a feminine color that stimulates the mind of the opposite sex. That is why women should wear purple on their first date to help create more attraction. </li></ul></ul>Archetypal Colors
  7. 7. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Orange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>vibrant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>combination of red and yellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>denotes energy, warmth, and the sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>less intensity or aggression than red </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Yellow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gets attention faster than any other color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all restaurants use some yellow in their logos. McDonalds, Taco Del Mar, Denny’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>yellow objects noticed first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>best as a companion to other colors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use bright yellow to create excitement when red or orange may be too strong or too dark. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good yellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow ribbon - hope, support, remembrance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mellow yellow - laid back, relaxation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad yellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow or Yellow streak or Yellow-bellied - cowardice or coward </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow journalism - irresponsible reporting </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Black </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conservative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>goes well with almost any color except the very dark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serious and conventional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mysterious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sophisticated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>black is the color of mourning in the west </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Among young people, black is often seen as a color of rebellion. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Brown </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wholesomeness and earthiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>warm neutral color that can stimulate the appetite </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>White </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleanliness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innocence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like black, white goes well with almost any color. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White is often associated with hospitals, especially doctors, nurses, and dentists. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Angels are typically depicted as wearing white </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Pink </li></ul><ul><ul><li>softer, less violent red </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pink is the sweet side of red. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cotton candy and bubble gum and babies, especially little girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>large amounts can create physical weakness in people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>romantic and charming </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Warm Colors <ul><li>Warm colors are based in red. Unlike hot colors, warm colors are softened with the addition of yellow, which creates a heady array of red-orange, orange and yellow-orange. These direct, emotionally touching colors seem to reach out to us-an inviting, comforting aspect of warm colors that makes them natural for home interiors. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cool Colors <ul><li>Cool colors are anchored in blue; unlike cold colors, however, they are blended with yellow and red, which creates a gorgeous range of colors from green through blue through violet. These colors are perceived as soothing, calming, meditative and peaceful, like a slowly moving stream. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Psychology of Color Check for Understanding <ul><li>1. Why is it important for a designer to know the psychological effects of color? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Why do food advertisers use lots of warm colors in their advertising and packaging? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Why do advertisers of “healthy” snacks use green? </li></ul><ul><li>4. How does color affect the way we buy things? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Archetypal Colors <ul><li>Choose a superhero/villain from the list below. Based on what you’ve learned about color, why do you think your hero wears the costume he/she wears? Does the costume fit into the archetype for that color? </li></ul><ul><li>Superman Batman </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderwoman Spiderman </li></ul><ul><li>Lex Luthor The Joker </li></ul><ul><li>Yoda Darth Vader </li></ul><ul><li>Luke Skywalker Princess Leia </li></ul>