Comment on Jordan’s Post 4: “Color me #C60C30, #002244, & #FFFFFF”

Jordan’s Blog: “Color me #C60C30, #002244, & #FFFFFF”

My thanks to Jordan for his inspiring comments on dealing with color schemes in Web design. Jordan commented on my post — the one in which I lamented my difficulty in finding a good WWII-related color scheme — by advocating the same thing he discussed in the context of using maps: use the color schemes represented by the terrain as a way to find a middle ground in effective color representation. I found that guidance to be remarkably insightful because, as many have stated, “green” is the color that comes to mind when thinking about WWII. Ironically, green is a postwar representation of WWII uniform colors and equipment. The real color was “olive drab,” which appears more brownish and, in some cases, tan-like than green. I own over 200 WWII U.S. uniforms (I know, I know — but the veterans gave them to me!), so I know those colors extremely well. Therefore, working the postwar “green” a la MASH and other TV representations of military situations into my color scheme technically misrepresents the period. In effect, it is anachronistic. But by focusing on the landscape as Jordan suggests, I can incorporate “green” as one of the period’s true colors, capturing both the true color scheme of the scrubs and hedgerows above the D-Day beaches while meeting my audience’s expectations for “green Army stuff.”  Thanks, Jordan. As always, you’ve been a great help to me.

Steve Rusiecki

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