Good Quotes: "Color is Like Sex"

Good Quotes: "Color is Like Sex"

Kyle Freeman
Mar 2, 2010

Nothing like a provocative Tuesday afternoon "good quote". And this one, "color is like sex", comes from an unexpected source: Stephen Drucker, editor of House Beautiful. While I'm not so sure about Drucker's metaphor, I certainly appreciate the sentiment behind it, which he explains in a recent Huffington Post piece.

Drucker's premise is that the "science of color" desperately tries to pinpoint and summarize something completely unpredictable, something that is so personal and subjective for every person.

"Color is like sex. It's mysterious. It's unknowable. It never looks the same twice. No two people see the same thing. No two people feel the same thing. I once went to China on a cruise ship. Eight hundred of us got off the ship wearing white, because it feels festive and shippy and says "I'm on a cruise." In China white is the color of mourning. We looked insane."

Check out Drucker's full, amusing post, which he concludes with a good question, "Why are we so determined to make color into a science? Why can't we just leave it alone and enjoy it?"

Image: Flickr member Wolfgang Staudt licensed under Creative Commons

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