Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Yellow. First thing that comes to my mind is sunshine. Which then leads me to happiness. So generally, yellow is a happy color. It is very pleasing and goes well with other colors. Like red, yellow does have conflicting meanings. Yellow is often associated with cowardice and deceit, the complete opposite of happiness and hope.

Yellow is also used as a warning because of the high visibility. It is also used as a hazardous color, to grab your attention. Workers wear yellow for safety, and yellow signs warn us of hazards on the road.

For years yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Today, they are still used to welcome home loved ones. Many familes put yellow ribbons on trees in front of their homes, to signify that they have a loved one in the armed forces.

Yellow has many different meanings in other cultures as well, and often meanings that we would find odd to relate to yellow. Yellow is for mourning in Egypt and actors of the Middle Ages wore yellow to signify the dead. Yet yellow has also represented courage in Japan, merchants in India, and peace.

My Favorite Color!

My favorite color is blue. Why? Honestly, I've always liked blue because I just never wanted to like all the girly colors like pink and purple. I enjoy any shade of blue. My room at home is a relaxing sky blue color, with white trim...it reminds me of clouds in the sky.

Blue is a very interesting color in that it is a symbol for two very opposing feelings. We think of depressed and sad as 'feeling blue.' But, when we think of a blue sky as being happy and relaxing, and without one, it's a bad day. Dark blues relate to the sadness of blue, and light blues relate to the happier blue feelings.

One of the most important resources on Earth, water, is blue. Well, that is the first color we relate to water...it is actually clear, but can often be brown or green. We wouldn't be able to live without water...our bodies are made up almost entirely of water.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Loyalty to Color

Through time, people have become loyal to colors that symbolize things. Schools, sports teams, organizations, and even countries adopt colors to be recongized by, and their followers become loyal to.

Many schools have 'school colors' which their sports teams adorn their uniforms with and interiors of buidings are often painted with these colors. Often, the color becomes part of the school mascot even....

Schools form student groups to support their sports teams, and will cover themselves head to toe in their school's colors....

Professional sports teams also are associated heavily with color. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and countless other teams include color in their name/mascot. At any sporting event, it is instantly known what team you are a fan of, based on the colors you are wearing.

Many organizations identify with colors, including labor organizations and even greek organizations. Having a color to bring people together helps to unify a group of people who otherwise may not have anything in common

Animals & Color

Animals take full advantage of color, and use it in many different ways. Some animals use colors to warn that they are dangerous. Animals also use colors to camouflage themselves from predators or prey. Even still, animals use their colors to attract and impress mates.

Poison dart frogs are probably best known for their bright colors that warn of danger. The bright colors in patterns on their back warn humans, and other animals to stay away, because they are dangerous. Some animals also will mimic these types of warning colors to trick other animals into thinking they are dangerous, which wards off predators.

Many animals also use their color to camouflage themselves. They adapt their color to the nature of their surroundings, which allows them to hide from a predator, or hide from their prey.

Tartan Hawkfish

Leafy Sea Dragon

Animals also use color to attract and impress a potential mate. They will fluff up feathers or fur to create an illusion of size, and display beautiful colors and patterns. Probably one of the most well known examples of this is the male peacock. Many male bird species, like ducks and cardinals, will have a different color than the female, in order to show of.