Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dulux Colour of the Year 2014 radio day with Rebecca Thompson

Dulux Colour of the Year radio day Karen Haller & Rebecca Thompson.

Talk about a marathon session. Yesterday, Rebecca Thompson (Senior Dulux Colour Expert) and I undertook  a marathon radio session. Rebecca discussed Dulux Colour of the Year and I discussed how colour can influence our mood and behaviour. We made quite a team!

From the comfort of the Big Bird media / Heavy Entertainment studios we were able to do 10 back to back interviews, before I had to dash over to prestigious BBC Radio London to be interviewed by the legendary Jo Good which was quite a treat. Then it was back to Big Bird for the final four interviews.  I loved how from our seats we were reaching virtually every corner of the United Kingdom and even on the armed forces station reaching the troops in Afghanistan.

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2014 Flame Challenge: What is Colour?

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How do you explain colour to an 11 year old?

That’s the question Alan Alda (actor turned part-time professor) has posed for this year’s Flame Challenge to scientists across the globe.

Alan Alda (actor turned part-time professor) founding member of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University which is dedicated to explaining complex science to 11 year-olds who are also the judges.

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the colour of love…

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For centuries now St. Valentine’s Day has come to symbolise the day of love expressed through gifts such as flowers, chocolates and heart-felt notes. Colour plays a significant role on this day, often communicating the very message the giver may be unable to express.

Have you ever wondered what message the colour is communicating? It may not be what you think…

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Pink used as pawn in ‘aggressive gender segregation’

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The pink and blue debate is back in the media today with the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Times picking up on the story.

I’m sure Jenny Willott, the UK Consumer Affairs minister sees it not just about the colour. There are actually two things going on here. Toy (object) + colour = gender stereotyping.

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How to Gain an Advantage for Your Small Business through Colour

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You may think big businesses have all the competitive advantages in marketing?

What if I told you there was one thing that you as a small business could gain advantage over them? And that’s colour.

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Chinese New Year… the significance of red

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It’s Chinese New Year and red is all around us! Also known as the Spring Festival, it’s one of the largest celebratory events for the Chinese community. Red (紅 hóng) is not only the cultural colour of the Chinese people, it’s also their primary celebratory colour.

In China, red relates to fire and energy and has come to symbolise vitality, celebration, good fortune, good luck and prosperity.

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Colour Your Life – Take the colour quiz

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Late last year I had the pleasure of collaborating again with Fiat, this time on a simple and playful colour quiz for their Us! The FIAT Magazine | issue 13. It was initially available for Fiat customers and I can now share it with you!

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