Letâ€™s start with a secondary color instead of a primary, just to keep us on our toes.
Orange is the color this week.
Incidentally, the major source of information on individual colors Iâ€™ve used to formulate these blog entries is About:Desktop Publishing. You can access the entire color spectrum at http://www.about.com/cs/colorselection.
Itâ€™s interesting that when I went to the page on â€œorangeâ€ on the About.com website, the Google ads were all about the fruit, oranges. This just serves as a reminder that many words may have more than one meaning or association. In the evaluation phase of developing a brand name, be sure to take that into account.
Anyway, back to the color orange in branding.
Major attributes of orange are warmth, energy and cheerfulness. First of all, itâ€™s a warm color on the spectrum, with red on one side and yellow on the other. Itâ€™s also the color associated with our most pervasive icon, the sun.
Orange demands attention but doesnâ€™t scream for it. Thus, though it can be vibrant, it can be a background or secondary color in some palettes. Think about a box of Tide. Yet, as an accent with a complementary or contrasting color, orange will stand out and make a statement. It is not frail.
Because itâ€™s energetic, and because itâ€™s the color of the very healthful orange fruit, orange can be associated with good health, particularly when combined with a solid green.
Though itâ€™s vibrant, orange also has a â€œdark sideâ€. Itâ€™s the color of falling, (that is dead) leaves, so itâ€™s associated with fall and Halloween. It’s the color chosen by the Fightin’ Gators of of the UofF, my almamater and the bane of the rest of the SEC. But orange is predominantly a cheerful, friendly color.
Medium blue is the color diametrically across the color wheel from orange blue. That makes for a contrasting combination in tension but also provides a pleasing combination. When combined with red and/or yellow, you have analogous colors that form an exciting, warm and attention-getting palette.
And FedEx found the combination of purple and orange to be both exciting and unique. Home Depotâ€™s logo and trade dress is predominantly orange, using white as its partner.
Orange can be associated with the tropics, summer, friendliness, good health, warmth and excitement.
According to Mitch Meyerson, a psychologist associated with Jay Conrad Levinson,s Guerrilla Marketing empire, orange appeals to intellectuals, and itâ€™s a good choice to accent business-to-business communications.
Looks like we started this series off with a winner.