The It’s Nice That Podcast: What is colour?

3 May 2017

In this month’s episode of The It’s Nice That Podcast, Alex Bec and Will Hudson discuss colour, a creative element that is culturally unavoidable. May’s podcast discusses the human and scientific approach to analysing colour, from the clothes we wear to how we decorate our houses, the products we buy and its use in art.

The pair begin by speaking to colour psychologist Angela Wright. Angela provides fascinating insights into our relationship with colour, describing the affects of the four psychological primary colours: red, blue, yellow and green. She explains how we are each “born with an instinctive use for colour,” and therefore certain colour schemes in your bedroom can help you sleep better, and even describes the ultimate colour scheme to help your football team succeed.

Following Angela the pair hear from Stuart Semple, an artist recognised for creating the pinkest pink, but also his colour-fuelled conflict with artist Anish Kapoor. Stuart puts forward his argument that “colour is a gift that humans have been given from nature,” and therefore describes how Anish’s ownership of the blackest black has upset the artistic community.

Finally, Alex and Will speak to Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute. Laurie speaks about her role at Pantone and its “innate love for colour,” but also how really understanding the use of colour can elevate your brand or product. For instance, Tiffany’s association with the colour blue is a trademark colour, and proof that “if it is done well, it looks effortless”.

You can listen to the podcast here.

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Lucy Bourton

Lucy (she/her) joined It’s Nice That as a staff writer in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In January 2019 she was made deputy editor and in November 2021, became a senior editor predominantly working on It’s Nice That's partnerships. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about creative projects for the site or potential partnerships.

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