13 March 2009

A Sort Of Inscrutable Color/Mood Graph

1976.As part of my researches into the intersection of color and mood, I stumbled on this chart. Follow the below link to view it.

Color Mood Chart

It's a little inscrutable. It's not clear how one might use or or how the list below maps to the diagram up top, but it does suggest connections.

Moreover, I'm finding charts that seem to be in agreement. It's hard to say if it's a group-think thing, or perceptions reinforcing preconcieved notions. The trouble with such suggestve things is that we cross-associate a great deal of things in our heads, and no two people, no matter how similar in overall outlook they may be, are really wired exactly the same. The color blue may suggest the same overall thing to the notional you versus me, but it does not mean that while the notional you might find blue with experiential biases toward happy things, I might find it biased toward sad or indifferent or not as happy as you.

What verbiage! I just barely avoided not wading through it.

In this list, for example:

Blue represents peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, and depression

From the color mood chart linked above, we have Blue meaning:
  • CALM
There is some congruence.

I'm still trying to find any scientific color study (you know, like that one in The Andromeda Strain (the better one made in the 70s, not that recent abomination) that told the engineers what colors to paint the walls on the underground WildFire lab) and will report back soon on this. I'm sure it's just around the corner.

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stan said...

I still have much to learn about color theory (I estimate it'll be around 2011 or 2012 ;) ), but one thing I once learned was that there are a lot of visiting teams' locker rooms that are deliberately painted in shades of blue in order to psychologically "cool them down" in terms of performance on the court or field. Shrewd, really.

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

That's true ... or at least it seems to be. I've always heard that scientific studies of color have a bearing on mood and perception.

It was really driven home one evening at dinner. The Wife™ had cooked a particularly spectacular meal of pork chops, and the color of the chops inside had acquired this absolutely gorgeous golden-red-brown that I associate with restaurants and the colors of particularly tasty food. I had been aware of the influence color had had before, but I took one look at that and it went from an abstract concept to a concrete reality.

I also heard somewhere that hospital walls in the past were painted soothing "cool" colors for just that reason. Also, places were people are processed–jails and such.