Top 10 Car Colors 2006

Top 10 Car Colors 2006


According to DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Survey Results between 2006, the most popular choices have been tallied.

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And these are the facts.

Luxury Cars
1. White/White Pearl - 25%
2. Black - 22%
3. Silver - 16%
4. Grey - 12%
5. Blue - 7%
6. Red - 7%
7. Yellow/Gold - 6%
8. Green - 3%
9. Light Brown - 2%
10. Others - <1%

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“Neon” Lights

“Neon” Lights


"Neon" itself has become sort of a misnomer. Neon is a Noble Gas, which means it is very stable in its normal properties. Neon was seen just about everywhere in the 1980s and still lingers today because of its bright red-orange glow.

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Because of the popular red-orange signs, "Neon Signs" was generically applied to even blue, green, and white signs despite different noble gasses being involved. In fact, most people I know try to apply "neon" to anything that glows.

To make these different colours, one would need either a single different gas or a combination of neon and another gas.

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The Perfect Time of Day

The Perfect Time of Day


Everything live on Earth turns toward the sun. Old forests can be seen competing for light. Grasses turn with the arc of the the day's light. House plants turn their leaves longingly for the outside.

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Even human beings long for the warmth and glow of it. To be without it for too long incites dark moods and an insufficient willingness to carry on.

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Color Symbolism:  Red

Color Symbolism: Red


When describing colour symbolism, it's easy to try to label or over-generalise. For example, some schools teach a very basic understand of representative colours in the Western and Eastern halves of the world, much like when discussing philosophies, and suddenly someone says, "That's such an Eastern Philosophy."

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It may seem hasty just the same to say that there are many differences, but the subtleties of cultures are what make them so great and unique.

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Color Theory: Explained

Color Theory: Explained


In 2001, a remarkable resource was posted on Poynter.org in the form of a brilliant Flash tour based around colour theory.

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The project serves as an interactive tour of pleasures for the eye and mind alike as each click results in running the spectrum and understanding. Stimuli abound, the project mostly plays at contrasts and compliments, and even showing how grey has the unique role of becoming its pair's complement. Later in the tour, the viewer is supplied with a more hands-on approach in an assortment of exemplary articles.

Rather than continue on about it, see for yourself:

Colour, Contrast & Dimension in News Media

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Grapes, Purple, and Violet, and the Subtle Differences Between

Grapes, Purple, and Violet, and the Subtle Differences Between


Good morning, Lovers. Let's talk about grapes.

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Ghost of an Image


Wikipedia says that an afterimage is an optical illusion that occurs after looking away from a direct gaze at an image, and is closely related to the persistence of vision, which is the retention of an image in the retina. One of the most common afterimages is the bright glow that seems to float before one's eyes after staring at a light bulb or a headlight for a few seconds.

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If staring long enough at a primary colour, one will find these ghost images remain as the corresponding secondary colours in the eyes if then looking to a white, blank surface.

For example, if staring at the following, inverted image of the American Flag for thirty seconds, and then at a blank white sheet of paper ... well, see for yourself.

Inverted US Flag

See if you can find other examples of commonly used afterimages, or if you can find the corresponding primary or secondary of your favourite colour. You might want to also make an opposite of the dominant colours in your favourite space.

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Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence

Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence


The deep sea is neither conventionally beautiful nor conventionally exciting. The creatures that do live there are scarce and scattered. According to Oceanlink, almost all of these creatures are scavengers and rely on what floats down from the heights of the layers above. They exist under great pressure, or near the amazingly high temperatures (up to 350 degrees celsius) of hydrothermal vents, which exude bubbling water from the very molten centre of the Earth.

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Strange as it might seem, the colours involved with these creatures are something to behold.
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Liberty Enlightening the World


Good morning, Colourlovers.

Let's play a little That Makes Me Think Of.

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When I woke up this morning, not only did I, as I suppose too many people do, try to suggest it was too early to wake, but I found the spot where my shoulder and my head could fall again, and I blinked while staring at the clock. It was then an hour later. I stumbled out of my room to the kitchen, not really walking on the floor, but the walkway of routine, of memory. With no regard to real distance, I just remembered it was sixteen choppy steps on my toes to the cabinet, five more to the shelf with a bowl for cereal, and a half twist for the fridge. I was no longer paying attention to the spaces or objects around me because I had something particular in mind.

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Synaesthesia: See What You Hear, Hear What You See


Often is it that faulty or crossed electrical wiring has been used in sitcoms or commercials to get a laugh or a rise. The throw of a switch intended for a harmless bedroom light opens and closes the neighbour's garage repeatedly, or each channel change on the television means pushes grandma's across the lawn. These Deus ex Machina images play on our preconceived notions of control and logic. Applying this same idea to the human mind, while it can be potentially funny, has a similar effect.

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