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The Art of Manliness

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Published: September 9, 2019

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Dominant Color Group: Neutral (59%)

Neutral colors: black, white, grey, brown

Temperature: 40% Cool Colors

Cool colors are violet-red, violet, blue-violet, blue, blue-green, green

Cool colors tend to evoke a more tranquil mood of calm and relaxation. They seem to fall back, or recede, from the viewer in comparison to warm colors.

Color Schemes

Complimentary

If you've picked a dominant color and you're looking to create contrast, pick a color directly across the wheel for a complementary scheme. The two colors will intensify each other for a lively, vibrant scheme.

Analogous

A group of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary. Also called Dominance Harmony.

Color Psychology

White Psychology

Positive: innocence, purity, cleanliness, equality, complete and whole, simplicity, immaculate and neat, self-sufficient, pristine and open, new beginnings
Negative: sterile, stark, fastidious, empty, isolated, cautious, plain, distant, unimaginative, critical, boring

Participants in one study preferred white building interiors and, for moods, they also preferred white for being quiet or being able to focus. source

Eastern: death, mourning, funerals, sadness, purity, age, misfortune
Middle East: purity, mourning

Green Psychology

Positive: growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature lover and family oriented, practical and down to earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense, adaptable, encourages 'social joining' of clubs and other groups, a need to belong.

Negative: being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, inexperienced, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.

Studies suggest that green labels increase perceived healthfulness, especially among consumers who place high importance on healthy eating. Source

Easy, calm - used to relax people

Eastern: birth, hope, new beginnings, youth, immortality, fertility
Middle East: Islam, strength, luck, fertility, prestige

Africa: corruption

South America: death

Grey Psychology

Positive: reliable, conservative, dignified, neutral, impartial, professional, mature, intelligent, classic, solid, stable, calming, subdued, reserved, elegant, formal and dependable

Negative: indecisive, non-emotional, indifferent, boring, sad, depressed, lifeless, lonely, isolated

Red Psychology

Positive: action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined

Negative: aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal.

The color red causes people to react with greater speed and force. source

Viewing red prior to a strength test inhibits motor output. source

One study discovered that participants showed more cautious behavior in a web-based game when the focal stimuli were colored red (versus blue). These findings demonstrate that variations in the color design of a computerized environment affect risk taking: Red color leads to more conservative choices and behaviors. Source

The color red distorts time perception in men, but not women.  source

Research has shown that with some nonhuman primates, red is associated with greater sexual attractiveness of females, and recent studies found that a woman with red clothes increases attraction behavior in men. source

Eastern: luck, prosperity, happiness, long life, fertility, power
Some Africa: mourning

Orange Psychology

Positive: sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful, self-confident, independent, flamboyant, extroverted and uninhibited, adventurous, the risk-taker, creative flair, warm-hearted, agreeable and informal

Negative: superficial and insincere, dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent, the exhibitionist, pessimistic, inexpensive, unsociable, and overly proud

Energizing - used to push for action, as in impulse buying

Eastern: happiness, spiritual

Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio, or Fibonacci Sequence, describes the perfectly symmetrical relationship between two proportions. Although not always used consciously in design, our brain subconsciously perceives structures following this formula as more intuitive or more attractive.

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