Yellow

September 24, 2009 | 15 Comments |

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see yellow?
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Yellow is the color of our sun. Perhaps because it reflects the most light back of any color, it is one of the most energetic colors. It’s warm but not not hot. Uplifting and light-hearted, it is highly active and almost unable to be still.
It carries connotations of speed, dexterity, the ability to juggle or multi-task. It’s negative qualities include superficiality, an inability to penetrate below the surface preferring only to skim the surface before moving on, impatience, nervousness and fear. Yellow ribbons are often worn as a sign of hope for those waiting for loved ones to return, often from war. Because it is so eye-catching, it is sometimes used for hazard signs and emergency vehicles, which creates an association between yellow and danger, although not as dangerous as red. Mythologically it is associated with Apollo, god of light and knowledge, and so is linked with the divine and the intellectual. It’s metallic form, gold, known for it’s inertness and permanence, carries an exalted status above all other colors.

Classic images

sun
flowers
pollen
bees
yellow brick road
city of gold

Expressions

golden mean
golden child
mellow yellow
yellow ribbon
yellow bellied
yellow journalism

Words
Amber, cream, gold, indian, lemon, naples, ocher, saffron, topaz

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  • jahartford

    lemon, bright, day, refreshing, happy

    We all live in a yellow submarine..

  • This is an interesting exercise. Despite everything I rationally know about yellow I ‘feel’ completely differently;
    weak/flimsy
    mellow/soft
    temporary
    pretty

  • Mr. Muskrat

    fall leaves, lemons, lemonade

  • sunny
    sunny side up (egg yokes)
    bright
    warm
    lying on the beach
    butter (yum)
    butter cup
    sunflowers
    aspens and cottonwoods in the fall
    I think its funny how sunny days are associated with the sun/yellow, when, in fact the blue sky is a more predominate color on a sunny day…

  • Sam Krisch

    cowardly, mustard, banana, rain slicker, caution,
    legal pad

  • sun
    sunny
    lemons
    sunny side up (eggs)
    egg yoke
    lying on the beach

    odd that yellow is associated with sunny days when actually a big blue sky is more prominent

  • can you see me now??

  • Light, sun, morning, new beginnings, bright, shinning

  • sun, smile, life, warmth, positive, bright, happy

  • youth
    female
    flowers
    sun
    summer
    light

  • sun
    sunny
    sunny side up
    beach time!
    lemons
    fresh
    interesting that yellow is associated with a sunny day when the predominate color on a sunny day is a bright blue sky…

  • sun
    sunny
    sunny side up
    lemons
    beach time! soak up the sun
    sunflowers

    Odd that yellow is associated with a sunny day, yet the predominate color on a sunny day is a blue sky…

  • Julia

    The first thing that comes to mind is my favorite sundress, although it is a soft, pale yellow.

    Looking at the color-bar again, I notice my eyes choose the soft tones radiating between the brightness. The color of baby chicks, light beaming through clouds, white corn, dyed eggs, girls’ sweaters. Softness.

  • Yellow is a warm color, but tends to remind me of change – either the spring, as the color of eggs, flowers, pollen, tidings of Easter; or the autumn, in the golden leaves, the fading colors of the vegetation, and the afternoon sun shining at a more acute angle than the summer.

    mh++

  • trace

    life

    holy

    saffron

    pollen

    maize

    warmth

    sacred

    laughter looks like this!

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