Exploring Color Context: Lead Graphic 2

This post continues the experiment I began a few days ago. In it, I discussed the impact of color beyond (necessarily) intellectual exercises, and explored how the message changes when we change the surrounding color—the context.

This time, instead of a flower, let’s see what happens when we use a face. Because I’ve got it handy, and because it will probably be even more evocative, let’s use this motorcycle policeman I drew for my ongoing story project.

We’ll color him warm middle beige (#A69571) and try a different color set. As with the last set, you’re invited to post your alternate titles in comments, or (since I close comments after 90 days) to email them to me.




Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

Beach City Speed Trap


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

Electroplated Copper


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

Guilty Conscience


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

Roger Roger


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

No Joke


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

Remember Me


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)

All in Order


Color Test Policeman (#A69571)






You can find a version of this graphic on Colourlovers, where you can try out your own color combinations. As I did last time, instead of just two colors, the template is set up to allow as many as five. I also decided to leave in the flowers from the previous test. Let me know if you want a version with just the policeman.

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2 Responses to Communicating with Color: Context Experiment #2

  1. Penina says:

    Thanks, Megan! I love the policeman, too. He was created for my story project. I have more than a dozen little helmeted versions in my sketchbook, but he is the best. I’ll set him up for you on Colourlovers and post the link here.

    And yes, I did find that interesting: add the human element and I experience much more story in the different color combinations.

    I’m mystified that the names work so well for you. I was sure I’d get wildly different impressions. But this was the whole idea: to explore the ways color combinations may communicate on universal levels.

  2. Megan Pau says:

    Oh, I need a version with just the policeman. 🙂 ( I would print & sticker him everywhere.)

    Every single one of these is fabulous, in both in colour and name.

    Interestingly enough, the anthropomorphizing effect of the human element turns each colour into it’s own narrative. It’s on a completely different level than the flower alone.

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