Isn't it strange how life won't flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?
by Ingrid Sundberg]
Mermaids, angels, fairies and other fantastic creatures can sometimes have blue hair or blue skin and this is one of the most recognizable signs that they are special, different, from another dimension or another planet.
And yet, even if some of them are cute like the Smurfs or wise like the tribes of Na'vi in James Cameron's Avatar (USA/UK 2009), most of the time, it is better not to trust them. One never knows...
Blue is per se an ambivalent colour: it is considered common and sometimes even "boring" and yet elegant and royal, very "formal" and conservative if used for clothes, at least in the darker nuances like denim and navy, but lighter nuances like aquamarine, turquoise and cerulean are also seen as bold statement colours and as something to be worn (think dresses, shoes, and make-up here) and bought for decorating a home, an office space, a room with moderation.
A little bit of adventurous bravery can really pay off, though: a good friend of mine used teal as the main color for his flat and the results are amazing. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but for sure impressive.
Over time, blue has become the color to go for companies willing to appeal to the male consumer with lots of products and merchandising of any kind, and yet not even one century ago it was used mostly in the same way as a gender-neutral or female-related color.
Most companies related to the Internet, to social media or to technology in its broadest terms (HP, Flickr, SAP, Intel, Skype, Samsung, Dell, IBM, NASA, Nokia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vimeo, PayPal, Ericsson, AOL... just to name a few) love blue as a safe bet and as a part of their corporate identity.
Blue are usually skies, oceans, clouds and idyllic landscapes, and at the same time it can be tricky and even lethal, like in deep waters populated by unknown creatures and in situations where something unexpected happens "out of the blue" or "from the blue". Attention is key while dealing with blue.
- Almost Blue by Chat Baker
- blue blood
- blue cards
- blue chips
- blue collar
- blue eyes as seductive and sexy (in geographical areas where they are rare and most people have brown or hazelnut eyes)
- bluegrass music
- blues music
- corporate / working environment
- deep waters
- European Union (EU)
- Female gender signifier (after the 1930s, in Western countries)
- fifth chakra (Vishuddha)
- Frank Sinatra's eyes, that gained him the nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes"
- French Revolution
- blue generation (soccer / football)
- graphic novel by Julie Maroh and related movie Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2, France 2013) by Abdellatif Kechich
41. the Great Blue Hole in Belize
42. the Blue Grotto (Capri, la Grotta Azzurra)
43. Han blue
49. Ishtar Gate of Babylon
50. Italy and overall Italian national sport clubs
56. lapis lazuli
59. Male gender signifier (after the 1930s, in Western countries)
60. marine creatures, overall
61. Blue Man Group
62. Marlene Dietrich, starring in Der blaue Engel (Germany 1930) by Josef von Sternberg
64. military uniforms
66. the Blue Mountains in Australia
69. navy blue
71. the Blue Nile
72. nobility, aristocracy
75. Pablo Picasso's blue period
77. Paul Newman's eyes
81. pill, as in The Matrix
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
82. pills (Viagra)
85. Prussian / Preußen blue
87. Renaissance paintings
89. blue ribbon
90. St. Patrick's blue
95. the Smurfs
97. stained glass
99. States that traditionally support the US Democratic Party
100. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley
104. Tuareg people
105. UK's and Canada's Conservative Party
106. United Nations (ONU)
108. Vishnu, Krishna, Ram and Shiva
109. War of the blues
112. the Yangtze River, also called "the Blue River" in some languages for over a century