These are personas I created from the many perspectives on color personality that I found out through my surveys, wearing colors, interviewing people, reading Color Hunting, and looking online. I selected the personalities that many people seemed to associate with a color, and formed it based on the details of why they perceive this personality.
RED: THE ATTENTION SEEKER
The attention seeker is flashy, bright, and loud, demanding to be noticed. He goes to extremes to cause a reaction, whether positive or negative. This red always let’s you know he’s there, and he is an extrovert. He is open to making new friends and meeting new people, but always wants to be the leader in a group.
RED: THE FUN LOVER
This red is happy and fun, full of life, and spunky. It is always up for being active and ready for an adventure.
RED: THE LOVER
This red is sexy, passionate, in love, and longing.
RED: THE GO GETTER
This red is ambitious and driven but often turns people off when it becomes intense and aggressive. It can become angry at times becasue it wants to be dominant and powerful, often imposing on others and even becoming dangerous.
ORANGE: THE ENCOURAGING FRIEND
Orange is always there with a boost of energy and motivation on a bad day. It is positive and has a playful sense of humor. This friend shows up when you may not expect it or haven’t seen it in a while, and will be sure to brighten your day.
YELLOW: THE CURIOUS KID
This yellow is youthful, inquisitive, and playful. It might cause mischief but always has good intentions. It sees the best in others, and is very forgiving. Often times, it invites others to start over and reminds them to enjoy life.
GREEN: EASY GOING
Green is calm, collected, and grounded. It remembers what is important in life: relationships, health, and wellbeing. It is practical and makes well thought out decisions. Green doesn’t over do it. It is comfortable on it’s own or with friends; it likes to nurture its friends and help whenever it can, but it will never pry or become demanding.
BLUE: THE INTROVERT
Although quiet and reserved, many would consider this blue their close confidant. It is calm, and others find being with blue is soothing and refreshing because it has a quiet yet powerful energy. This blue likes to be in harmony with others, and may adjust and adapt to do so.
This blue has so many deep and hidden qualities, that others may never fully know it. It is thoughtful, mature, and takes its time. Others may perceive it as cold because it does not readily contribute, but when you spend a lot of time with it, you begin to know its questions, unease, and depths.
PURPLE: THE CONFIDENT WOMAN
This purple is confident, mature, and feminine. She is beautiful and knows it. She sometimes comes off as prentious or sassy, and others may envy her elegance. She doesn’t necessarily get along with others because she knows exactly who she is and is rarely willinging to change.
PINK: NARROW MINDED
Pink is caring, loving, and bubbly. It is young and playful, but can sometimes become annoying. Her narrow perspective may get old after a while, so others only hang out with pink occassionally.
This week I completed my color experiences of being a color for a day.
Monday: Olive Green
This outfit was very comfortable for me- I felt easygoing and approachable. My friends told me that I looked nice, and appeared laid back and friendly. I think this green is a friendly color- it wants to make friends without imposing. I also the olive green shade that I chose must have affected my day (by making it so comfortable), which may not have beent the same for a brighter green, like lime green.
This color fit into the color palette that most people wear, but since there was so much gray, people noticed. The color was easy for me in that it didn’t distract me, but it also bothered me that there was so much neutrality and no extremes to break it up. I felt a little bit mucky and dreary, almost indecisive. So much of this color of gray was unsatisfying because I wanted some variation. Some people liked the outfit and told me that it seemed like a nice color for me.
Brown felt a lot like gray in that it was a lot of neutrality that I wanted to add some color/juxtaposition to. I don’t think a lot of people noticed this one, and one girl who did notice said she liked it because it was subtle. Someone else told me I looked good in it, and it matched my hair. Overall the outfit seemed pretty normal, felt pretty comfortable, and had a sense being natural and human to me. It seemed to fit well well with other colors around me and socially fit in.
Just watched this: The Effect of Color | Off Book | PBS
Then I had to look this up, colors by decade according to Pantone:
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”:
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.
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.
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.