Color Symbolism:  Blue

Color Symbolism: Blue


Stability and Endless Thought

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Being the colour of the sky, blue has been seen as a colour of stability and tranquility. "True blue," as it is sometimes called, gives the feeling of honesty and loyalty, but blue is also a colour given to inspire a more serious inward look, and gives birth to daydreams readily. In almost all cultures, blue inspires peace and can ward off bad spirits. It is a colour that is associated with intelligence, and it comands respect, though not in a forceful or demeaning way. Certainly, different shades of blue mean different things.

Out and About
Darker blues are considered more formal colours, and navy is even consider one of that lofty beasts called "power colours." In fact, right next to black suits and slacks, I'm certain you'll find navy just the same as grey. Lighter blues are more casual, and can often be seen as a sign of good humour. When blue, more specifically, indigo, was introduced as a dye in Europe, it was exclusive to nobles and high class, but later was giving to the working class, which still carries on today in the name Blue Collar workers. Blue was also the colour lent to the denim of the gold diggers in the mid-eighteen hundreds rushes.

Incredibly Calming
Given how cool and calming blue is, it's no surprise that "feeling blue" means to be depressed or immensely saddened. With the amount of introspection that blue can inspire, it's no wonder that its effects can turn to this. Blue became a popular office colour because of its inoffensiveness and its subtle respect.

Connotations of blue according to Design Meltdown: Patriotism, stability, power, trustworthiness, conservative, water, coolness, fun, cold, defeat, trouble, calm, strong, steadfast, light, friendly, confident, safe, corporate, intelligence, unity, sad, depression, old-fashioned, mourning, richness, superiority, truthful, loyal, faithful, noble, scholarly, unexpected, harmony, unity, clean, and technology.

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On Skin Color and Color on Skin

On Skin Color and Color on Skin


The Short Answer
It has often been misused as a way to define and label differences between people, but is merely an adaptation of the skin, resultant from defence against sunlight.

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How and Why
Skin colour comes from pigments in the skin called 'melanin,' and the amount and kind of this pigment. Melanin is not exclusive to humans, as it is found largely in both the animal and plant kingdoms. The melanin is activated by sunlight and its ultraviolet rays to protect the body's DNA from mutations that the light would otherwise cause. It's no surprise that people indigenous to areas that are constantly sunny are quite dark in skin, and those in areas subject to receiving lots of rain, snow, or generally mild conditions are lighter in skin colour. In fact, human skin can be nearly colourless, only to be seen as pinkish to the eye because of blood beneath it.

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Colorful Tile and Stone at Bethesda Terrace

Colorful Tile and Stone at Bethesda Terrace


For me, yesterday was filled with such great magic.

A day wandering New York City was capped with the US CD release party for Patrick Wolf, making for the most inspiring and beautiful of my recent days.

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When wandering uptown a bit into Central Park, keeping the idea of blooms and colours in mind, I revisited a favourite place of mine in the park. That favourite place is Bethesda Terrace, where the Bethesda Fountain has stood for one-hundred-twenty years.

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At Home with Five Decades of Color in the US

At Home with Five Decades of Color in the US


It is extremely hard to summarize an entire decade with five or six colors, but each of the past 5 decades seemed to carry a common tune. The end to the war-time lack of color in the 50's.

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The explosion of color in the hippie loving 60s. The muted colors of the 70's to balance out the brightness of the previous decade... etc. Here we attempt to capture colors common at home for each decade.

 

The 1950s

1950s Living Room/Kitchen ... with puppets

With World War II just ending, and comfort finally becoming familiar again, it was time to really end the Great Depression emotionally. The economy was booming, thanks to women showing equality in the work place, and the manufacturing needs of the war. Just as the surfacing of new technologies and chemical advances entered the domestic market, allowing for a broader range of colours for homes inside and out, so surfaced a new optimism, as settling down was an almost dream-like ideal. As optimism might inspire, it seemed it was finally safe to use brighter colours. Oranges, bolder blues, teals, and bright white found their ways into and onto homes.

1950's Colors:

  #9ACEBF

  

  #A8711D

  

  #EEEE88

  

  #EC9436

  

  #3D74BB

  

  #EDA3A2

  
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The Empire State Building Loves Color

The Empire State Building Loves Color


Even at one-hundred-two floors high, the tallest building in New York City isn't above colour love. With the tiered floors near its top, the flat sides are a perfect showcase for its brilliantly colour (yet energy efficient) lights that are changed to coincide with current happenings, holidays, and events.

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Typical holiday colours, like red and green for Christmas, blue and gold for Hannukah, purple and yellow for Easter, and orange for Halloween, have graced this landmark build that almost anyone you know will recognise.

The building itself was built in competition with the same architect that built the Chrysler Building, some eight streets uptown.

The lighting schedule is updated constantly, so tourists and New Yorkers alike can know what the colours signify and when they'll be showing.

Are there any buildings near you that change their lights or colour-cycle?

Would you have any representive colour suggestions for the Empire State Building?

Have you seen New York City?

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Favorite Colors: A Closer Look

Favorite Colors: A Closer Look


It's undesputed -- blue is a favourite colour regardless of gender or age.

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Women Top Favourites:
1. Blue
2. Purple
3. Green

For women, top favourite colours are cool, and preference for the colours green, purple, and orange decrease with age. Other favoured colours are pink, lavender, and turquoise, and it is said that most women prefer cooler colours as favourites overall.

Men Top Favourites:
1. Blue
2. Green
3. Black

For men, top favourite colours are blue, green, and black, being two cool and one neutral. The least top favourites are brown, orange, and purple, and they typically stay away from colours like lavender, pink, and turqoise because they're more feminine. Affinity for orange and green decrease with age, while reluctance with brown and people also decrease with age.

What I'd like to see is what you think, lovers.

What's your favourite colour?

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Color Blindness as Seen Through Color Blind Eyes —  A Blog

Color Blindness as Seen Through Color Blind Eyes — A Blog


Colblindor was started in early 2006 when Daniel Flück created a blog based on colour blindness, as most of the resources about the topic are scattered. The blog has actually become quite the comprehensive resource, addressing types of colour blindness and how to distinguish between types of colour blindness, such as the aforementioned Protanopia.

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To learn more, visit his site here.

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Color Symbolism: Green

Color Symbolism: Green


Stepping into the cooler side of the spectrum, we find green. Green is opposite one of the purples, more so of magenta, on the colour spectrum, opposite the right balance of blue and red. Green endures a duality of nature, and is often associated with jealousy and greed, but also, beyond what it has come to mean, it is part of a lush world.

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Green is a part of almost every land-grown plant on this known world. It is often associated with life and living as a result. To be Green can mean a focus on all things environmentally friendly.

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Plays on Color in the Animal Kingdom

Plays on Color in the Animal Kingdom


Given the role colour plays in all of our lives, in a setting where survival take priority, it's often that colour comes to aid. For most animals, having colours that match their surroundings is enough.

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An animal in the ocean would match the ocean floor from above, and the sky from below. An animal in the jungle would match the area in which it lives, whether that is the canopy or the ground.

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Color-smitten in Philadelphia

Color-smitten in Philadelphia


In the past week, the weather has really lifted my spirits. Between the three-day rainstorm and the now seventy degree days, paired with a steady wind, each day has been perfect.

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This weekend, I found myself on a day trip to Philadelphia. I went down for a few reasons, one of which was to see the Sakura trees mentioned a few posts back, and with the passing rains and rising temperatures, they have already started scattering. The variety I found in the city was only pink on the outside, toward the base of the petal.

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