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the psychology of colors

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by casekonly, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    As designers it is imperative that we constantly look for ways to make a good impression on our viewers. We only have a short amount of time, before a decision on whether or not we are professionals will be made by the visitor. We must make good use of this time. Which brings us to the importance of good design and proper color choices. First impressions are very important. We must make the best of them because we are only allowed one chance.

    While content is crucial to a web sites life on the internet. Good web page design and proper color choices, are crucial as well. It is a good part of the reason why viewers bother to look over your content at all. Regardless of how incredible your content may be, you need to welcome them and make them feel at home, while they are there. Or, they will leave.

    Did you know you can control the mood of your visitors by using certain color choices? This is a simple concept that is very often ignored. Why? Human emotions are very often triggered by color. You need to know which colors trigger which emotions. Color can make the difference between buying and selling, if used correctly. You need to choose the right color combinations for your site and product. Everything we, buy, eat, wear, and all of the things that take up space where we live, work or play, all have colors. These colors provide a psychological and emotional response in everyone. These responses reflect who we are and the things that we think and feel. Color is the first thing we notice and the last thing we forget. If used properly it can be a powerful tool. It is the doorway to our deepest thoughts and feelings, and desires. This is an issue worth discussing.


    Which colors should you use?

    Well, it is always best to keep your main content on a white background. This is easier on the eyes and will provide a sense of professionalism. The color white triggers emotions such as: purity, peace, and perfection. While white is an important color, you will probably want to complement your site with other colors as well. After all, there is creativity in each and every one of us. There is a huge color spectrum for us to choose from. Which colors are best!

    Here are a few ideas to help you.
    Red colors can stimulate warmth, hunger, and excitement. Cooler colors such as green and blues, enhance calm and content feelings. Dark colors make objects seem heavier, while light colors make them seem lighter. Yellow may reflect a lack of worry, while black a troubled state. Of course not all colors mean the same things to all people. Yellow may sometimes mean cheap, green may mean money or greed, black may mean elegance or death.

    Color has become a science and it is a much needed weapon as part of your marketing arsenal. You will need to take great thought in choosing color as it will identify you, because once a color is "owned" it is associated with you and your company. I am sure you have noticed this with examples such as Coca Cola red, Tide orange, Pepsi blue, John Lewis green. It is just as important to your identity as your logo. If a shape provides a symbol, be aware that color does the same and has equal effect.

    Think carefully when choosing colors! Applying a certain color to your product is just plain logic. For example: In stores, colors identify flavors, brands, and products:
    Green in a cleaner says pine - in a mouthwash says mint
    Blue very often means strong mint - icy cool.
    Clear means additive free.
    Red found in strawberries, cherries, and apples is very appealing. You would never choose gray for laundry detergent because you dont want gray clothes, you want brightly colored clothes.
    Dark Blue, very unappetizing on a dinner plate, is much more successful as a dinner plate.
    Because they strongly affect mood, grays and browns seem somber and often depressing. But they can take on a more cheerful attitude with complements of red. No matter how you use them they suggest weight, or something heavy. This would provide your visitors with a feeling of stableness and strength. Emotions like this will help your visitors to associate your site with solidity and confidence. Other colors such as burgundy, oyster, beige, and blues will also provide a feeling of solidity. The list goes on and on.

    Dont over look the issue of color with your business. Believe me it matters! You see, once we lived in a black and white world. TV was black, printed publications were predominantly black. All of that changed in the 60s and has created a chain reaction that holds true today. Color is the most important attention getter. As humans, we bring our own tastes to the world. How do we choose which color to be identified with? What is the right color? Sometimes there is no right answer, you just have to take your best shot. But the number one choice of Corporate America is still dark blue.

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    thought that might be helpful to someone. if you have more references, please list them.
     
  2. BOZACK

    BOZACK Member

    Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Messages: 999 Likes Received: 0
    i like pink alot. but i didn't read all that mess. sorry.
     
  3. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 15, 2002 Messages: 11,566 Likes Received: 429
    i worked in a hospital a few years ago. i noticed that after they remodeled, certain pavillions were certain colors. i used to have to run up to the O.R. and the whole area was a cool light blue, as soon as you stepped out of the elevator you noticed the difference from the other pavillions, it definitly had a soothing calming affect.
     
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