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GDC 2019 Game Developer’s Conference

Joshua G.
Published: December 6, 2018

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Industry: Movies, Music, and Games
Tags: #Website (B2B), #Website (B2C)

Dominant Color Group: Secondary (38%)

Secondary colors: orange, green, violet

Temperature: 64% 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

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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

Violet Psychology

Positive: unusual and individual, creative and inventive, psychic and intuitive, magical, humanitarian, selfless and unlimited, royalty, nobility, elegance, sophistication, luxury, mystery

Negative: immaturity, being impractical, cynical and aloof, pompous and arrogant, fraudulent and corrupt, delusions of grandeur and the social climber

Calm - used in anti-aging products

Eastern: wealth, privilege, sorrow, mourning
Brazil: death, mourning

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

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

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

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

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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