Independent Study in Graphic Design

Jo Ninham

Psychology of Colour

Psychology of Colour

There are many misconceptions around the psychology of colour. The theory is backed with so little data.

Research shows that colours mean different things to different people because of elements such as personal preference, experiences, upbringing, cultural differences, context etc.

The importance of colour in branding

Researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on colour alone.

When picking the correct colour, research has shown that predicting the reaction to a particular colour in relation to the product is more important than the individual colour itself. Nearly ever academic study on colours and its influence on branding states that its more important for the brand colours to support the personality of the brand than trying to align with stereotypical colour associations.

The difference between men and womens favourite and least favourite colours.


Men – Blue and then Green

Women – Blue and then Purple

Least Favourites

Men – Brown then Purple and Orange

Women – Orange then Brown and Grey

Men seem to also prefer bold colours whilst women prefer softer colours. Men were more likely to select shades of colours whereas women would choose tints of colours.

Colour Coordination

Creating a visual structure consisting of base analogous colours and then contrasting them with accent complementary colours. In other words a background colour could be white, the base black and then the accent colours to create a hierarchy could be red. – Gregory Ciotti – Help Scout”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on September 24, 2014 by in Research.
%d bloggers like this: