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Just watched this: The Effect of Color | Off Book | PBS

Then I had to look this up, colors by decade according to Pantone:

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I’ve been thinking about color’s relationship with time. The instantaneous experience of color cannot exist without time. Also, in the longterm, people’s physical perception of color changes of the course of their lives (colors appear more yellow). Psychologically, people’s associations with color change as they have new experiences. People’s “favorite” colors change over time.
When I did my surveys, many women said that their childhoods were “pink” and their favorite color used to be pink. I also thought about my sister- her room was peach when we were very little, then purple, and now bright pink. I asked her what color she imagined when she heard the word “pink”. Her answer, what I’ll call her  “stereotypical pink” is a very peachy pink, and in my opinion, it’s almost orange. When we discussed this, we thought it might be because her room was that color as a kid. My stereotypical pink (the color that I imagine when I hear “pink”) is a cool, lighter pink. I think that also may be because I was exposed to that color so much as a kid (my room walls, dresser, teddy bear, some clothes, and barbies). I also asked my dad.

“My sister’s pink” vs. “my pink” vs. “my dad’s pink”:

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Although I dressed in comfortable/casual clothes, I felt very “grown up” and professional in this outfit, especially compared to the brighter colors. My roommate said I looked like a ninja. I think the black carries some sort of authority, legitimacy, and “weight”- like it should be taken seriously and payed attention to. The dark color felt appropriate for the cold weather outside and all the places I went on Friday- class, home, outside, and my friend’s house.

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Purple was a great color to wear. I feel very confident and the color has not been distracting me throughtout the day like some of the other colors. It’s definitely noticeable but it hasn’t demanded attention, maybe because it is a deep/darkish hue. One of my friends told me that the purple today made me seem stronger and more powerful than the pink yesterday. Also, purple is probably my “favorite” color, and a lot of the objects I interacted with throughout the day- my phone, headphones, even my duct tape- have been purple, and I was so happy to interact with them and add them to the purpleness. All the purple was so pleasing to me individually because for a few years now, I have related to and wanted more purple around me.I felt confident, like I had a presence without being too bold, and like I could be myself today. 

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So there were a couple things going on with this outfit. First, I started to think more about the relationship between form and color. Maybe I felt extra girly in this outfit due to the form of the skirt as well as the soft pink color. Also, trying to think about myself as “pink” was difficult when I was mostly two completely different shades of pink- hot, super bright pink and light, soft, peachy pink. The colors almost seemed like they opposed each other, had very different energy, and represented different personalities. So for my future outfits, I learned that I should try to stick to one hue to gain the most insight that I am looking for (which is the effect of that color on my day). I did, however, learn about pink. I learned that it is a loaded color and that I looked like I was making a statement about gender and feminity. People definitely noticed this one. Like white, pink “popped” out of the environments I was in and definitely appeared to be there for a reason. I think that pink can be a bold and fearless color, which is how I felt at points, almost proud of what I chose to wear that day. Pink can also be warm, soft, and happy.

Neil Harbisson: I listen to color

This is so interesting! I have been thinking about the different ways we do or could perceive color- through our senses, through moods, through characteristics, through words, through stories, through emotions. Color can be perceived and enjoyed in so many ways, and there are many aspects of colors that I could work with- the waves, the cultural associations, our imaginations.

What a change from white! First of all, I hardly remembered that I was wearing all blue because this is a typical enough outfit and I blended in with other people pretty well. I think the blue meshed well with my personality in that it did not demand attention and was pretty quiet and peaceful. Although I never quiet “matched” my environments, I felt like I belonged and fit in well everywhere I went. In the studio (mostly white), in colab (bright colors), and outside (mostly grays), I felt harmonious with each environment. Blue seems to be a pretty easy going color that gets along well with others. It stands on its own but allows other colors to be themselves and share attention. Looking around me today, there were many other people wearing all blue!

Driving from Rochester to Syracuse, I really noticed and was impacted by the colors around me. During the first drive a few weeks ago, I took this picture:

It was pretty dark for the late afternoon, and the sky and landscape just felt so heavy.

Here’s a picture I took a couple days ago travelling the same route:

I had a better feeling this time, and everything seemed to be the color it was supposed to be. There was a lot of gray, but no heavy feeling from before because the colors of the grass, cars, lines on the street, and clouds were allowed to be their own colors.