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|Contents: The Colour Dictionary, Book reviews and recommendations, About the author:
In my opinion our generel psychological reactions (moods and feelings) to colours are coded in our unconscious. And the autonomic nervous system reacts in certain ways to special colours. Because we have adapted to survive in nature the colours of nature are important to us. Therefore colours "speak to us" in an archetypical language.
I believe that proverbs and phrases encode the essence of colours, e.g. we tell "white lies", we can be caught "red-handed", be "black-listed" and we are "green-eyed" with jealousy, etc.
I have written about this in 2 books, and "The Colour Dictionary - the secret universal signals of 100 colours " has been translated into English. It took me 8-10 years of research to be able to write "The Colour Dictionary".
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Angela Wright writes (to the author) about chapter "Blue" in The Colour Dictionary:
"I found the stuff you sent me very interesting - you obviously have a profound gift for colour."
Andrew Martin, who translated"The Colour Dictionary" into the English version, writes:
- "I was impressed by the depth of the author’s understanding of her subject, and how useful the knowledge she shares with us can be.
- I am also amazed by the amount of research she has done, and the significance of how colours play an important role in all our lives.
- I don’t think there is anything like it available, and rate it a "must-read" for everyone who is interested in the fascinating world of colours."
-->The Colour Dictionary will be available in English as an E-book in the spring 2012
The Colour Dictionary is thought of as a practical tools for everyone who works with communication and colours, that is to say in graphics, all types of design, architects, paint suppliers, decorators, etc.
Read about "The Colour Dictionary" by Lene Bjerregaard, Holistic architect and colour-researcher:
Your tool for purposive choise of colour – in this book you will find a “translation” of 100 colourhues and back from feeling/mood to colour.
Why does "red light" mean stop and "green light" go? Why do we talk about the "black box" of the flight when it in fact is "orange"? Why do we "paint the town red" ?
The Colour Dictionary answers your questions - it provides you to put the precise words to the signals of 100 colourhues and shades, and it adds the signaldimension to the NCS-system. (Natural Color System)
The difficult thing about working with colour is to give precise descriptions of the colour values. Because the ”language of colour” has not been encoded in the same way that music has been, colours are often described with an air of mystery. The way colours have been described previously has often been without a clear reference to their precise shade and without categorizing them in terms of the three levels cited below. Therefore there has been some confusion about what many colours signify.
In my opinion traditional scientific methodology cannot be used to encode the ”hidden language of colours.” On the contrary one needs a philosophy which attempts to set things within a larger perspective. Philosophy, which means love of wisdom, demands an abstract process of thought as opposed to science, which is highly concrete.
In my sense of things there are three levels of colour communication:
1. The personal
2. The cultural
3. The universal
On the universal level we find the essence of colour, that is to say its fundamental meaning. On this fundamental level I see colours in the role of archetypes. The word archetype comes from the Greek and means the original, the first basic type. I have tried to describe the fundamental values of 100 colours together with the secondary meanings derived from these, and these are set forth as headings in the dictionary section.
I beleive that the fundamental meanings of colours are encoded in our collective unconscious. One of the reasons for this is that colour values are encoded even in language as conditions or feelings. Therefore I have included as many common metaphors of colour as possible and have tried to relate them to the relevant colour shades. Thus red is not only one colour but has many shades. It is interesting to note in this connection that many proverbs using colour are repeated in several languages. This tends to emphasize the basic significance of colour as a timeless universal international language that, like music, is understood across cultures.
I believe that we originally derive our colour preferences from nature. Humanity has had to adapt itself to the conditions of nature in order to survive. For example, it has been very important to be able to discern the difference between ripe and unripe fruit, and that is easily done by means of colour. The names of many colours are actually derived from nature. Therefore I have found it important and interesting to look at how nature uses colour communication and to compare that to the language of proverbs.
But as long as colour values are located at the unconscious level we use them intuitively and unconsciously because, in my experience, we all have personal colour requirements. When we communicate with others it is necessary to use the underlying values of colour.
The Colour Dictionary is thought of as a practical tools for everyone who works with communication and colours, that is to say in graphics, furniture, textiles, all types of design, architects, paint suppliers, decorators, etc.
Book reviews and recommendations:
The Colour Dictionary (TCD) has been updated and translated into English by Andrew Martin in close cooperation with the author. Although TCD hasn’t yet been published outside Denmark, it has been well-received with high acclaim internationally from experts in the field of colour research:
The internationally recognized colour psychologist Angela Wright writes (to the author) about The Colour Dictionary:
"I found the stuff you sent me very interesting - you obviously have a profound gift for colour."
Martin Lindstrom, world-expert on branding, who holds lectures worldwide on Sensory Branding says:
“We consider "The Colour Dictionary" to be a useful tool for my customers in the implementation of "Sensory Branding". I will highly recommend this book to my customers.”
The well-known Swedish colour researcher Karl Ryberg is also enthusiastic about the book’s findings.
Ross Francis, a leading journalist in art and culture in the UK is impressed with TCD English version, and will write favourable news stories and reviews for the local and national press as soon as it is published.
Does anyone know a publisher, who want to publish the english version of The Colour Dictionary ? Please contact me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author:
Lene Bjerregaard is the absolute leading authority within colour psychology in Denmark. She has given over 190 interviews about her specialized subject. She work with Interdisciplinary Colour Psychology, where she combines: bio-physics + quantum physics + unconscious psychology + bio-psychology + symbolism + philosophy. Her book: "The Holistic Colourbook" from 2005. It integrates science and philosophy in a new way. She has invented a brand new colourcircle combined with the yin-yang sign to show a deeper sense of the complementary principle.TM (see the menu: Bøger = Books)
Her latest book is about innovation in interior design. New Zeitgeist - new interior psychology of design. Forget about trends in interior design and color choices. Instead, find your personal "color needs" and your "interior type" to create wellness. You'll get tips to decorate your home, based on bio-psychology rather than fashion trends. It's about how colors, lighting, pictures, plants, and (furniture) design affects your well-being, and a new "curative aesthetics." Beauty stimulates both body and mind.
Lene Bjerregaard has been conducting research in the field of colours for over 25 years, and has written the first comprehensive "Colour Dictionary" in the world. It provides explanations for the subtle but universal signals of 100 colours (as opposed to the mere 12 colours described elsewhere).She is trained as an architect and also in perception psychology, Jungian psychology, anatomy, and visul communication. As a holistic architect, she has always been interested in how colours and designs in the surroundings influence our psychic wellbeing.
The author argues that the key to the successful use of colour signals lies in the understanding of the universal use of colours both in nature, and in human languages, and that these signals are encoded in our subconscious.
Because they convey specific meanings that are intercepted by the subconscious mind and thereby evoke certain emotions, colours are an essential component of "Sensory Branding", as well as colour-charts and all kind of design and interior decoration. You can create the atmosphere you want in rooms by choosing the right colour on large surfaces such as walls.
In my point of colour-view....
In my work with colours I combine my education as an architect with my education as a psychotherapist. I write books, hold courses and give advice and counselling in interior colour decoration for greater wellness.
In order to get a complete picture of the meaning of colours and how colours influence us I think it is necessary to draw upon science and philosophy as well as integrate different subject fields such as: bio-psychology and quantum physics.
Because we have adapted to survive in nature the colours of nature are important to us. I have analysed the colours of nature in my second book: Farver & Stemninger 1999 (Colours & Moods). I think our biological reactions to colours are encoded in our genes.
I also believe we all have a "personal colour need". We should decorate our homes and workplaces on that assumption and not on the basis of colour trend.
Lene Bjerregaard phone: (+45) 86 10 90 75