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What’s your favorite color?


One night, while working on a particularly time consuming typography project, my boyfriend suddenly asked me, “What is your favorite color?” I stared at him seeming to not understand his question and he proceeded to repeat it. “What is your favorite color?” I took a moment and pondered, what is my favorite color? If you asked my mom, she would probably say pink or purple, and if you looked through my clothes, you might come to the conclusion that it’s black. “Well what is it?” he asked, and I replied, “I don’t have one.”

Being an art student, I’ve been exposed to all kinds of colors and their different meanings and associations. Naturally there would be certain colors that you are drawn to and tend to use more in your work and designs. Using color in ones work is always purposeful and is rarely just there for a whimsical touch. The color theory also plays a key part in making sure that a certain color is used to convey a certain feeling or aesthetic of things.

People may think it’s odd for me to not have a favorite color but I think what’s more odd is the act of choosing from so many different colors and saying, “Ah yes, that’s it, you’re the one.” I may enjoy some colors more than others but I don’t particularly have a favorite color and I think that is completely fine. How about you? What is your favorite color?

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Here is a link to find out more about color theory. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/

5 Comments

  1. ohulver wrote:

    I have also come to realize lately that although I do have a preference to purple, it seems weird to call it my favorite or to say that color when asked that question because I have come to love all colors as my art and design school career progresses. It almost feels as if I’m choosing or settling on a color just to give an answer.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:33 am | Permalink
  2. sschafe2 wrote:

    I totally understand where you are coming from. It is hard to choose one specific color when theres so many. As of me, my favorite color changes frequently.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
  3. ttran35 wrote:

    As time goes on, my favorite color changes: a few years ago it was bright red, then pure white and now it’s maya blue.
    Personally, my favorite color comes not from my design works, but from my private life. I picked a favorite color before even being an art student.
    However, I don’t think there should be a favorite color for designing. By picking one, you are biased towards that color, without considering other options. Design is aim to solve problems, not to please the artist. I personally hate dark colors, but I do give all colors a chance when designing.
    If someone asks me my favorite color for designing, I won’t choose. For my favorite color personally, right now it’s maya blue.

    Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm | Permalink
  4. rcho3 wrote:

    I agree that everyone is entitled to their choice of a favorite color whether it may be all colors or none at all. Personally, I fall back to white (even though it’s a shade) because it feels the most open to me like a canvas that can hold any other color.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 1:41 am | Permalink
  5. zxiao wrote:

    You got some interesting points. When I was a child, it was easy to have the answer of What is your favorite color? But it’s hard for me to answer the question now. The color I use in my work fits the requirement and make it stronger. The color I wear just fits me better, and even just for match my new shoes or bag. The answer for me is just meaningless now.

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Permalink