[ubuntu-art] Colour

jmak jozmak at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 16:20:00 BST 2007

On 4/13/07, Troy James Sobotka <troy.sobotka at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Vincent Weber wrote:
> >> > First of all It's all brown/orange/red. These colours are not really
> >> > pleasant/relaxing for you eyes, especially red.
> First on a specifically research based approach, this is wrong.
> Colours are _culturally_ and _temporally_ rooted in meaning.  Look to
> the colours of traditional wedding wear in Japan or different parts of
> tribal Africa for examples of cultural meaning.  Look to the tonal
> differences between the 60s and 80s pop culture art for temporal examples.
(Sorry, the previous mail went to the wrong place)

While I agree with you that the meaning of a color is culture
dependent, but the question is how do you apply this principle in a
cross-cultural context. After all, computer use cannot be reduced to a
single cultural location but it is global. What is the culture of the
global world? Not brown that's for sure (the global is a western
phenomena with all the cultural connotations). So Alvaro has a point
here. During the years, I installed ubuntu for many computers, (mostly
for teenagers, the children of my friends) and so far, in each case, I
was requested  to change Ubuntu's default color scheme. I still have
to meet with the one who wants to keep it.  Color preference is deeply
rooted in the sub-conscious of the individual mental life, like
language, therefore, every radical attempt to change that reduced to


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