Category Archives: colour symbolism

the symbolic meaning behind mourners at baroness thatcher wearing the colour black

 

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If you saw the funeral of Baroness Thatcher yesterday you would have noticed almost everyone wearing black. This is because black is the colour symbolically worn in Western society to represent being in mourning.

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Survey by 3M Post-it reveals the colours of a nation

Karen Haller  - 3M Post-it radio interview.

What an exciting day… after working for the past several months with client 3M Post-it, the creators of Post-it, I revealed the results of our nationwide research findings in no less than 11 radio interviews.

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colour group gb event… colours of india – every day life

Colours of India - Professor Michel Albert-Vanel - multi-coloured Hindu temple.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to listen to French Professor Michel Albert-Vanel, invited by the Colour Group GB to share his fascinating insights on the ‘Colours of India’. Here is just a short extract with some wonderful images.

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most popular blog posts for 2012

Most Popular Blog Posts 2012

It’s the end of another year and I’m always excited to see which blogs were the most popular with my readers.  Checking Google Analytics below is the list of the 10 most popular posts.

It’s really interesting to see what my blog readers found of interest. There’s a great mix of business interiors, business branding and of course the Olympic games… yet all relating to colour! So from 10 to 1 here they are…

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Diwali… festival of lights and colour

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Today, 13th November is Diwali , also known as the Festival of Lights.  This festival is celebrated across India and worldwide by the Indian community.

Symbolic diyas or kandils  are an integral part of Diwali decorations. These are colourful paper lanterns.

(Day 13  into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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why red poppies are used to symbolise remembrance day

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On the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 marked the signing of the Armistice, signalling the end of World War One.

The first sign of life that rose from the barren battlefields was the red poppy and they has come to symbolise the memory of those who sacrificed their lives.

(Day 11 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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colourful food… why are toffee apples red?

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I was asked a question from one of my Twitter followers, @AngelaClutton “Quick colour Q for you: toffee is toffee colour (obvs) yet some toffee apples have bright red coating. Colour psychology?!?!”

(Day 7 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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Business branding colours – meaning of brown

Business branding colours - meaning of brown.

Naturally thinking of who would use the colour brown, I thought it has to be chocolate brands.  Whilst some do, it was interesting to see the majority use brown as one of their main secondary colours. And even more interesting, there is a brand that is actually called ‘The Big Brown’ and they have nothing to do with chocolate…

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Business branding colours… meaning of green

This month I’m looking at how the colour green is used by major brands to attract their ideal customers and get them into the ‘buying mood’.

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colour psychology… the meaning of green

Colour psychology - the meaning of green.

Did you know the human eye is able to differentiate more shades of green than any other colour? The belief behind this is one of evolution and survival when our early ancestors relied on being able to find food, water and life. We are reassured and feel safe when seeing green.

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london olympics… colourful olympic park

London Olympics - colourful olympic park - national flags

Yesterday I experienced the excitement of being at the Olympic Park, soaking up the atmosphere and watching two thrilling men’s basketball matches.

It was hard not to notice the role colour plays, from the wayfinding, national flags, wearing the colours showing the country you are supporting, spotting the volunteers to ask for help through to the beautiful wild flowers blooming everywhere.

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London Olympics… British seeing red over too much blue

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If you think colour doesn’t matter, try saying that to the Brits who are not at all happy with the British Olympic uniform not sticking to right proportion of the national colours. Some even say the uniform represents Scotland not Britain because of the high percentage of blue.

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