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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Andrew Klossner
Published: February 19, 2018

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Dominant Color Group: Neutral (61%)

Neutral colors: black, white, grey, brown

Temperature: 78% Warm Colors

Warm colors are yellow-green, yellow, orange-yellow, orange, red-orange, red

Warm colors tend to appear more active and arouse, or stimulate, the viewer. They seem to move toward the viewer or appear closer, or larger, than cool colors.

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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.

Color Psychology

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

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

Brown Psychology

Positive: down-to-earth, wholesome, practical, approachable, friendly, stable, structured, supportive, comforting, reliable, protective, strength, quietly confident, sensual, sensitive, warm, reassured, honest, sincere, quality

Negative: dull, boring, frugal, materialistic, lack of humor, lack of sophistication, predictable, cheap and stingy

Eastern: earth, mourning

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

Blue Psychology

Positive: loyalty, trust and integrity, tactful, reliability and responsibility, conservatism and perseverance, caring and concern, idealistic and orderly, authority, devotion and contemplation, peaceful and calm

Negative: being rigid, deceitful and spiteful, depressed and sad, too passive, self-righteous, superstitious and emotionally unstable, too conservative and old-fashioned, predictable and weak, unforgiving, aloof and frigid

Blue: Creates trust - used by financial institutions such as banks
Navy blue: Cheaper - selling to price-sensitive
Royal blue: Urgency - selling to impulse buyers

Eastern: immortality, life, feminine
Middle East: protection
Mexico: mourning

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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