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From the indefatigable Joe Jenett, an interesting little web project called Colorspeak that allows you to share your comments and read the thoughts of others related to "how we perceive and associate the colors of the so-called safe palette". Just click any of the colors in the grid to see what others have said or add your bit.

I became rather fascinated by trying to isolate the most universally loathed hues, and then possessed by the idea of combining a few of them in a single pattern. I found that these three: 1, 2, 3, (or variations thereof) were pretty roundly disliked, and so started with this as my single point of inspiration when I made "Wallpaper Hippo". I decided that making a very subdued, demure pattern would be cheating, so - yes - it's a wee bit outrageous, but it turned out to be one of those mouthy, brassy patterns that can be lots of fun when used responsibly. Plus I think it does sort of also show that while there is definitely bad color usage, there really isn't such a thing as a "bad color".

Posted by taz on April 12, 2004 at 04:30 AM in Color, Projects | Permalink


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Hey, not bad! That's a good example that bad colors don't always have to be worse together!! :)

Posted by: kristine | Apr 12, 2004 2:03:34 PM

Very striking. Reminds me a bit of the Pucci sixties collections, they used a lot of very brassy prints, like these: http://www.braniffinternational.org/image/puccifashion.htm

Posted by: moni | Apr 28, 2004 5:42:19 AM