HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN YOUR BEST COLOR TO A BLIND PERSON?
Six blind men were drinking together when a man runs in and says; “I have a problem! I have found this amazing creature but I don’t know what it is!”
Unfortunately, for our befuddled zoo keeper — there are no customers in the bar except the blind guys. However, emboldened by the beer, they offer to give their professional opinion on the creature using nothing but the power of touch.
They shuffle out of the bar and into the stall where our mystery creature is to be found. The creature, as we know is an elephant, but that’s not what our blind men discovered.
The first reaches out to touch a leg and reports that the creature must be like a mighty pillar. The second grabs the tail and exclaims that the creature is made of rope. The third grabs the trunk and claims that the creature is like a branch of a tree. The fourth finds himself clutching an ear and decides the creature is like a hand fan. The fifth, touches the belly and compares the creature to a wall. Finally, the sixth grabs onto a tusk and decides the elephant must be made of solid pipe.
Of course, all of our blind men are correct. They’ve each touched the creature and discovered something of its true nature. What they’ve failed to do is see the big picture of the elephant itself which is a combination of all these things.
Why this story?
There have been several speculations among individuals if people can actually feel, taste and smell color. Color is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple. This perception of color derives from the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye by electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum. Visual reception starts from the eyes and takes place in the cerebral cortex though there is still need for communication between the other senses(hearing, smell, taste and touch) and the cortex that synchronize new information received from the outside world and what our brain predicts. It is true that when one loss one sense, the others will improve drastically, but can these senses totally replace the lost sense?
Well i can say No using the above story as a good illustration.
Back to colors…The Egyptians were the first people to associate color with emotions thousands of years ago, they studied the effect of color on their mood and used them to accomplish holistic benefits. Color psychology is still used today to alter our moods, feelings, and emotions. This is possible because the cerebral cortex which is where visual perception starts also directs the brain’s emotional functions.
You are likely to think “Nelson Mandela” when you see this image, even though the words are not written on it. The human brain spontaneously connects the the name to the image. Same thing happens with colors, the brain maps the colors to our emotions.
yeah now you know why you feel the romance in a flatteringly dim light atmosphere.
Back to business…
How do you tell explain your best color to a blind person ?
It will be easier to explain color using emotions to most people. Every color has a emotion our brain can easily relate to. Blind people cannot see or visualize colors, however, we can associate colors through their emotions as they can easily relate to it. In my next article, i will give more details about colors, the emotions of colors and how to apply colors in designs.
Note: Color can be relative as other external factors like culture, environment etc. can affect someone perspective of color. A color that can make one person happy can make another person feel angry.
Thanks for reading.
To be continued…