Journeys in Colour

We enjoyed creating the Quirky Letters poster series so much we decided to keep on going. This year we celebrate and explore colour. 12 colours for each month of the year. Currently a work in progress…

Black

One of the oldest classified colours in existence, black was first used in Paleolithic cave art using burnt bone or charcoal. Unsurprisingly, the derivative of the name comes from the Latin word ‘flagrare’ which means “to burn,

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Straight Forward January Journeys in Colour: Brown

Brown

The term brown comes from the Old English brún, referring to a dusky or dark shade of colour. The word for brown in other languages often comes from food and drink.

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Straight Forward January Journeys in Colour: Green

Green

The word green comes from the same root as the words forgrass and grow. Germanic, Romance and Slavic languagesas well as Greek all have old terms for green which are derivedfrom words for fresh,

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Journeys in colour – Purple

Purple

Purple—not to be confused with violet—is a colour that sitsbetween red and blue and has many shades.

The most famous of the purples is Tyrian purple. Discovered in the15th century BC,

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Journeys in colour – Red

Red

Red, the first mastered colour of mankind.

Red is often considered to be the archetypal colour. The name itself is derived from the Latin ‘rufus’ meaning ‘root’, so named because the earliest recorded source of the colour is from the root of the Madder plant.

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Straight Forward Design Journeys in Colour, A brief history of Pink

Pink

Pink for girls and blue is for boys.

Or is it? The flood of pink in the girl section of any store is a relatively new thing. In 1893 the New York Times stated that “you should always give pink to a boy and blue to a girl”.

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Straight Forward Design Journeys in Colour, A brief history of Orange

Orange

Orange – what came first?

The fruit came before the colour, the word “orange” derives from the Arabic “naranj.” The first recorded use of orange as a colour name in English was in 1512.

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Straight Forward Design Journeys in Colour, A brief history of Yellow

Yellow

Yellow is the colour of the sun, new beginnings, life even. It represents happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, knowledge, honour, loyalty, joy, and warmth. It is associated with deity in many religions and represents courage in Japan.

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