How Color Captured our Attention: Top 6 Color Memes of the Last 6 Months

Seems like once a week I get an email with the next viral color thing. Each time I wince and think– “we coulda done that for huedoku”. Color is at once enchanting and mysterious to people– and yet at the same time so simple.

Color touches us emotionally and psychologically, and continues to give us wonder. This is a list of the top 6 viral posts I received in the last 6 months.

And if you already think you know what #1 is going to be,you are probably right, but, I’ve got the latest most insightful links regarding one of the greatest internet memes of all time.

Top 6 Color Memes of the Last 6 Months:

#6. The colors of 94,526 paintings since 1800, charted

the colors of 94,526 paintings since 1800 charted

Blue is the new orange

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    The graph on left is based on 94,526 images for the years 1800-2000 created by Martin Bellander, a PhD student in psychology.

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    The most common colors used in paintings have changed since 1800. More blue, with a distinct jump around WWI, Picasso’s blue period influence?

    I’d look into paint technology becoming more available in blue and cyan.

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    Source: Washington Post, Ana Swanson

    Link to Martin’s blog with the code and his explanation.

#5. Color Oracle

Select the Color you find most pleasing

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    You select colors. The color oracle interprets them.

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    Is this scientific? I don’t know. I just know people dig the emotional and psychological elements of color.

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    84,000 likes on facebook

#4. What Color is your Personality

You are one of these four colors

#3. Click on the Different Color

what’s your high score

#2. 25% Of You Have a 4th Cone

You are a tetrachromat

#1. Duh

The Effin Dress

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    Just for fun. What color is this dress? White and Gold? Or Black and Blue?

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    The many explanations:




    PBS “There is no dress”

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    “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.”

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    Just as in Monet’s paintings of haystacks in the snow, the colour of the shadow is discounted and we typically see it as gold (where the sun hits the haystack) and black (for the darker shadow). The minority, blue-black, folk are probably night owls.

Please share in the comments if we have missed one of the top color memes of the last 6 months.

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