|Subject: Inventing a Retail Product Step # 9 Fri May 08, 2009 10:42 pm|| |
The parts are in China and Patricia is busy tracking down the factory she feels will best produce the parts for us. While she’s doing that we’ll turn our attention to one of the other parts of the process such as Color.
The first tool available to us for selecting the proper colors is "The Color Wheel"
This is an example of what a color wheel looks like. First let's look at the three main types of colors we find on the wheel- Primary - Secondary - Tertiary
The 3 Primary colors are: Red - Blue - Yellow Since all other colors come from these 3, it's safe to say they are the foundation of color itself.
The 3 Secondary colors: Purple - Orange - Green These 3 colors are derived as you may have guessed from the 3 primary colors listed above.
The 6 Tertiary colors: Yellow/Green – Blue/Green – Blue/Purple – Red/Purple – Orange/Red and last but not least Yellow/Orange. These are obviously made from combining a primary color with a secondary color.
Few products and very few packages contain a single color. With that in mind, we should probably find out how a color wheel works. Colors on the wheel opposite one another are “complimentary colors”. The further away you get directly across from a color (left or right) the less the color will match the color you have selected. Additionally it is worth noting that the wheel is divided into ½ sections - Moving to the right from Red/Purple to Yellow/Green is what color people call the ‘Warm” colors and from Yellow/Green moving to the right up to Red/Purple are the “Cool” colors. They are called this because the emotion they evoke in a person can be described as “warm” or “Cool” …at least that’s the theory.
One thing we do know is color does evoke emotion in a person….since we want to create a positive interaction with the consumer and our packaging/product we should understand how the colors we select can start that emotional chain reaction.
Red: Sparks ideas of love, passion, heat and danger.
Yellow: Is a color synonymous with happiness
Orange: Retains the energy and welcoming of yellow, while keeping the heat and passion of red
Bright Blue: soothing, cool, and pleasant.
Medium Blue: Coldness, feelings of loneliness and depression
Navy Blue: suggests formality, authority, and tradition
Green: Money, wealth, affluence but also nature and soothing..
Black: Commands respect. Simple bold with richness and honor..
Aqua: reminds of peace, calm and still..
As you can see there is a real psychology to the process of selecting colors