The Effect of Color

PBS Arts
Dec 19, 2012 3:15PM

Color is one of the fundamental elements of our existence, and defines our world in such deep ways that its effects are nearly imperceptible. It intersects the worlds of art, psychology, culture, and more, creating meaning and influencing behavior every step of the way. Most fascinating are the choices we make, both subconsciously and consciously, to use color to impact each other and reflect our internal states. Whether in the micro-sense with the choice of an article of clothing, or the macro-sense where cultures on the whole embrace color trends at the scale of decades, color is a signifier of our motives and deepest feelings.


Thomas Bosket, Parsons the New School for Design 

Leslie Harrington, Color Association

Doty Horn, ColorVoyant LLC, Fashion Institute of Technology

Mr GIF, 

For a list of all of the artwork and music featured in this episode, view the full description here.

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