Colour Usage In Logo Design & Graphic Design

Colour Usage In Logo Design & Graphic Design

Colour-in-logo-designWhen it comes to logo design or graphic design, colour has the ability to evoke powerful emotions from people. Colour is the most instantaneous and wonderful means for delivering and communicating messages to your target audience. The colours that you select for a logo design or a promotional graphic design piece are not simply there to just make things look attractive; they can carry a deeper meaning that can affect consumer behaviour.

It is always best, however, to know what colours signify and communicate before using them. Here are some of the popular meanings that colours depict in the Western Hemisphere.

The three primary colours are:


These tend to be the colours most people are drawn to. For example, the most popular colour in the world amongst adults is BLUE. Amongst children, it is RED, while YELLOW, the most luminous colour in the spectrum, tends to draw the attention of infants and toddlers with developing vision.

RED is the most passionate colour and tends to excite and get adrenaline pumping through the body. It is associated with love and anger; it can mean good luck, represent lust or adultery (as in the “red light district”), or danger.

BLUE the most popular colour universally symbolises serenity and tranquillity. It has a calming effect if used in moderation, or suggests deep depression if the viewer is inundated with too much blue. Part of the soothing qualities and appeal are attributed to the sky and the ocean. Blue is a cool colour and often associated with cold things, such as frozen food. Additionally, blue is suggestive of both quality and expertise (Blue ribbons are given to first place winners.) Because of these positive attributes, blue is the    most popular and widely specified colour in corporate identity programs.

YELLOW is the most luminous colour of the spectrum. Because of its high visibility warning signs are often painted this colour. Yellow traditionally represents the sun and is a most cheerful colour when used in moderation. If used too liberally it can tire the eyes and make people irritable (couples with yellow kitchens tend to argue more often when in these areas!). Conversely yellow has also become associated with greed and cowards (In the 10th Century doors of traitors and criminals were painted yellow in France).

GREEN is a cool colour with soothing properties similar to blue. This relaxing hue is associated with growth and prosperity as well as health and wellness. It can also suggest envy and jealousy as in the “Green-eyed monster.”

ORANGE is a warm colour often associated with good things to eat, and so it is the most edible colour, which explains why so many fast food chains use it as part of their colour scheme.

PURPLE is universally associated with royalty and spirituality because in ancient times only emperors and kings could afford garments made of purple dye.

Some Meanings of Each Colour



Stimulates, signifies danger, love, passion, desire, bold, sexy.


Relaxing, serenity, security, loyalty, suggestive of the sea and ocean, frozen, cold, calming, comfort



The most cheerful colour if viewed briefly, most fatiguing if viewed for too long, caution, suggestive of the sun and gold.



The most restful colour, natural, fresh or healthy, healing, suggestive of jealousy or envy.



Signifies good things to eat, most edible colour especially with brown tinges, warm, evokes thoughts of autumn.



Associated with royalty, religion, high quality, expensive, elegant.



Brown is flavourful, suggestive of chocolate, meat and bread, associated with earthiness, rich, warm, mellow.



Elegance (as in black tie event), serious, strong, darkness, powerful.



Symbolic of purity, cleanliness, goodness.


Logo Design – Effective Branding

Logo Design – Effective Branding

Logo design Perth, Geraldton in fact situated some 400km north of Perth and some 6,000 km from our Logo design studio in Melbourne.

Rogue Pony is an independent retailer of all things equestrian, stocking a large range of country clothing and saddlery requirements for the horse-riding enthusiast.

Lauren and Steph proprietors of Rouge Pony Saddlery approached Clark Marketing & Design having established their new store and needed a fresh new look, image and of course a logo design for their branding.

Having reviewed some of our work, and despite the physical distance, Clark Marketing & Design was engaged to design a new logo for them.

After some initial discussions, a logo design brief was completed, and we went to work on several concepts.

As part of the logo design brief, they stipulated that they would like the logo to be, in addition to an easily recognisable logo design, that it would be a logo design that could be easily embroidered onto clothing, including exclusive riding gear, and other Rouge Pony exclusive merchandise. Therefore they required something that was not too detailed or too intricate ~ but certainly not plain.

The also planned to use the logo design for a variety of other uses including their website, store signage, and business cards.

Logo Design Concepts:

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After some further discussions and revisions, the final logo design was selected.

As the logo design brief stated, the final logo does not have too many elements or colours, is stand out in both colour, as well as in mono, and is highly recognisable.

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What’s more the logo needed to be easily applied to a wide variety of different media and for use in different ways. It also had to be versatile and scalable to different sizes, so that it could be to be applied to any sort of media from business cards, to store signage and not lose any of its impact.

Once the design was finalised we created a ‘logo kit’ that incorporated several different versions of the logo in digital formats, including JPEG, PDF and EPS.

So, how has Rogue Pony used their new logo design, for effective branding……here are just a few recent examples.

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