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The meaning of red in The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Hands up if you’ve been riveted to The Handmaid’s Tale? I certainly have. My friends and I have been talking about how it’s been an uncomfortable watch at times. The TV series plunges you into a dystopian society which is the uncomfortable part yet the story is compelling viewing.

And from a professional perspective, what I am finding incredible about this show is the use of colour, specifically the colour red.

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Colour Vs Light… which is more important?

So what is more important, colour or light, light or colour? That was the discussion lighting designer Paul Beale from 18 degrees and I found ourselves having over lunch at his east London studio.

I’m often asked which is more important and this isn’t the first time my response has surprised someone. Even though I specialise in the field of Applied Colour Psychology, keep reading and I’ll explain why.

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Who ignited our love affair of pink?

Over the past decade or two there’s been quite a lot of pink bashing. There are even pink trashing websites. I’ve always champion pink because I’ve felt it got an undeservedly bad rap. When journalists would call up and ask for my opinion and I’d say I’m pro pink, they would thank me for my time and kept searching for someone who loathed it instead.

You may have noticed things are different in the world right now – pink is hot.

And who do we have to thank for that?

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wan colour in architecture awards 2017 is now open…

Hot on the heels of the WAN colour in architecture award winner for 2016 being announced, WAN have opened up entries for the 2017 awards.

In the past the entry has been at the end of the year and then judging and award giving early the following year, which is why the 2016 winner was announced end of February this year.

But this year they’re doing things a bit differently.

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WAN Colour in Architecture Awards 2016 winner is…

WAN Awards - Colour in Architecture shortlist_Karen Haller

If you are an architect or a designer, chances are you’ve heard about the prestigious WAN awards that have architects and designers vying for their coveted awards from around the global. I was really honoured to be asked to be on their judging panel for the Colour in Architecture award to come up with a shortlist of nominees and then picking the winner for 2016.

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Colour Meets Trend event and you’re invited…

Colour Meets Trend event_Karen Haller

Have you noticed that every time you open a magazine or take a trawl through social media there seems to be a new colour trend, a new predication or forecast? If you’ve ever wondered why that is and you’re interested in discovering the mysteries of the mechanics behind trend predictions from three well-known experts, then I’d love to invite you to the Colour Meets Trend event on the 1st March.

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Wrapping up Colour of the Year for 2017

Wrapping up colour of the year 2017_Karen Haller

Have you noticed more and more companies are bringing out their colour trend predictions for the year ahead? And 2017 is no exception. Here is a round up of the four major paint and colour management companies with what they believe will be the Colour of the Year for 2017.

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Business branding colours – 5 most frequently asked questions

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It’s been a while since I wrote an article on colour and branding, but that hasn’t stopped the questions coming in. So I thought I’d share the top 5 most frequently ask questions here with you.

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Friday Late: Colour at the London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum Friday Late Colour_Karen Haller

If you love colour and you’re in London on Friday night 9 September 2016 then you’ll want to head down to the London Transport Museum for their Friday Late: Colour event.

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Launching Introduction to Colour Psychology course

Introduction to Colour Psychology course_Karen Haller
I receive so many emails asking what colour psychology is, what’s it all about and how can I learn more about it.

Usually I point them in the direction of my Advanced Colour Group Course, which has just had its summer launch (exciting!), but that’s not always an option.

So I’ve decided to do something special – offer one of the modules from the course – Introduction to Colour Psychology, as a standalone offering so that you can access the information you’ve been asking me for at an affordable price and in a way that can easily fit into a busy schedule.

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Is this really the world’s ugliest colour?

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Opaque Couche otherwise known as Pantone 448 C has won the ‘ugliest’ colour crown after Australian research agency GfK Bluemoon came up with the colour in response to the Australian government’s plain cigarette packaging policy.

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Embrace the feel good power of pink

Embrace the feel good power of pink - Pink Lady Apples_1 - Karen Haller

Pink is having its moment in the fashion spotlight this season. From palest rose to deep magenta: pink is everywhere we look this spring. I’ve been working with Pink Lady® apples and what a year for pink it’s been so far!

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