Colors Across Cultures

colors in cultures

Everyone associates red, the color of Valentine’s Day, with love… don’t we? Not if we’re Hindu, according to this visualization of Colours In Cultures. Eighty-four concepts and emotions from Anger to Wisdom are placed around a type of cultural color wheel, and placed along its spokes are ten cultures. If you want to see the Native American version of “the blues,” look at #81, “Unhappiness,” and find the place on that spoke for Native American culture. Read More

How Slick Is Your Workspace?


Let’s face it: many of us spend hours and hours each day sitting at the same desk, plunking away at a keyboard, surrounded by the same stuff, writing, drawing, talking on the phone, doodling, daydreaming, and sometimes actually working. Is there one of us who doesn’t wish his or her workspace was a little bit more flashy or better organized? We can’t all have a corner office on a high floor with a view, but I think it’s true that sitting down to a well-organized and attractive workspace puts one in a better state of mind for work – especially if you’re self-employed, as I am. It helps you feel that yes, you are a grown-up, with impeccable taste and mad skillz to boot. Read More

My Favorite Font Joint


Need a logo for your business or a new look for your website or brochure? Myfonts is a great place to start poking around the world of fonts, even if you don’t know the difference between a dingbat and a descender. You can try out various fonts according to style and era by entering your text in the handy box, and then purchase the font of your choice… they even have some free fonts as well. Read More

Help Choosing Your Website’s Colors


Colorjack is a website I found recently that can kick-start your quest for the perfect color palette for your website. The opening page features a virtual swatch-wall — hover your mouse over each color to see palette options, or use one of the links on the page’s right-hand margin for more in-depth help. You can explore clashing colors, complementary colors, or several other options, as well as being able to preview your color choices’ accessibility, i.e. how they would appear to the color-blind. Give it a try — it’s a great tool.