Color Symbols: Universal, Personal, and Cultural Uses


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Universal, cultural, and personal symbols of color

What makes a color universal? If you think about the things that we all experience, such as an emotion, it might be easier to understand how colors can be perceived with a universal message. We all experience environmental colors, like warm pink, or pink light, or even red light, blackened sky of night, or a sky that appears brilliant blue. We perceive human emotion and health in the form of say, a red and angry face, or a greenish sick pallor, or a white and dead face.

We all need to sustain ourselves with edible foods. Green living plants, vibrant colorful fruits and vegetables, for example. These are just a few environmental, human, and life sustaining color associations. There are so many. If we all experience a color in a given context, in the same way, that color can be thought of as telling a color story that is universally understood. What about associations that are not universal but cultural.

In the west, a wedding dress, at least for a first marriage is often white. Because of its association...

Universal, cultural, and personal symbols of color
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