Why Color?

Studies have shown that color affects the emotions of you and your clients. Correct implementation of color within a marketing message can give you the edge you're looking for. Remember three things about color production: the original intent of the designer, the reception by the audience, and your ability to accomplish your vision. A color document can bring these three areas together.

How We Can Help You

Knowing how color can help your printed documents can help you communicate more effectively. Our multi-function systems provide the best quality color production available so you can create the most successful presentation possible for your clients.

The Power of Color

Recent studies have shown that consumers make purchases based on color as well as its quality, workmanship, and price guarantee. Customers will respond and evaluate products in less than 60 seconds making document presentation and quality key for any business proposal.

The Meaning of Color

Dr. Max Luscher, a Swiss psychologist, developed a means of examining the connotations of specific colors and their relationship to different traits. Luscher says there are four "psychological primary colors." 

  1. Dark Blue: Represents a need for tranquility.

  2. Green: Persistent, obstinate, and self-centered.

  3. Orange-Red: Excitable and assertive.

  4. Yellow: Extroverted, optimistic, and joyful.

Here are a few examples of what colors represent:

Primary Colors:

 

Red is a very emotionally charged color. It tends to increase the respiration rate and can even raise your blood pressure. It creates excitement and can be associated with danger, war, power, strength, passion, desire, and love. It can even increase your appetite.


Yellow is the happy color…it is the color of sunshine. It creates a sense of cheerfulness and helps to stimulate mental activity. When yellow is very bright, it can attract attention. It can also provide a very sharp contrast to dark colors. Yellow can have the appearance of being brighter than white if over used and can be disturbing if used too much. Requires the most complex visual processing, and is recognized by humans faster than any other color. Companies with products associated with energy and technological innovation combine yellow's spontaneity and red's impulsiveness and power for their trademark.

Blue is a trusted color. It can provide a sense of tranquility and security. It tends to symbolize loyalty, wisdom, trust, faith, confidence, and intelligence. While red can help to increase the appetite, blue tends to have the opposite affect and can actually suppress the appetite.

Secondary Colors:

 

Orange is the combination of the happiness of yellow and the energy and strength of red. It symbolizes creativity, determination, enthusiasm, and success. In addition orange indicates affordability. Because of its similarity to red, it is great to promote food.

Green tends to suggest endurance and stability. It represents harmony, growth, and freshness. Green indicates safety. Obviously, it is associated with money and wealth. With the interest in “green” products, it is the only color that can promote organic foods and products effectively. Certain shades of this color are used in interior design to make people feel "tended" and secure.

Violet or purple combines the energy and strength of red with the stability of blue. It represents nobility, ambition, power and luxury. It symbolizes extravagance and wealth and is often associated with dignity, independence, wisdom, and magic.

White is purity, goodness, light, and innocence. It is considered perfection. White is generally positive and simple. Often it is the color of charitable organizations, low-fat foods and dairy products.

Black is elegant, powerful and formal, but can also be associated with death. In marketing, it is dignified. In certain contexts, black is very negative (blacklist, black humor, etc). It can also denote prestige.