Black is a color that has been associated with creativity people for decades if not more. It has become particularly popular among creative professionals, from writers and artists to designers and architects. We can agree that it goes beyond being just a trend.
Meaning of the Black color
Black is a color that has many interpretations. It is often associated with mystery, elegance, power, and sophistication. It is also a color that can evoke feelings of sadness, depression, and mourning, and injustice. After all the most famous of all hero made it his signature, maybe creatives just want to make things right.
Does black represent a desire to stand out or to blend in? To be different while being all the same?
It makes everyday life easier
One of the reason that came to my mind, is that it makes their everyday life easier. Black is a versatile color that can be worn in many different situations, from formal events to casual outings. It is also a color that can be easily paired with other colors, making it a convenient choice for those who want to simplify their wardrobe. Waking up in the morning, if your whole wardrobe is black, picking the your set of clothes will be easy.
Black is the New Black
Another reason why creative people wear black is that it is always in style, or more precisely, it will never be out of style. Unlike other colors that may come and go with the seasons, the trends, or your last favorite idole, black is a timeless color. This makes it a safe choice!
Black is Light
One of the Artist that worked a lot with Black was Pierre Soulages. For him Black was Light, in the sense that by giving his paint some kind of textured volume, he was able to catch light reflection, therefore making black shine. He called his black “l’outrenoir” (beyond the black). Pierre Soulages meant that the color black is only a support on which the gaze rests to better reach “another mental field than the simple black” that the artist aims to open up as much as possible.
“Very early on I practiced a painting that abandoned the image, and that I never considered as a language (in the sense that language transmits a meaning). Neither image nor language. » Pierre Soulages.
It’s a contrast thing, it showcases the project more than the person being it.
Many creative professionals wear black as a way to showcase their work, rather than themselves. By wearing black, they are able to draw attention to their projects, rather than their personal style or appearance. This can be particularly important in any creative industry where the focus is on the work, rather than the individual.
What about other colors?
For example, red is often associated with passion and excitement, while blue is associated with calmness and trust. As a designer professional, I know, it’s impossible to avoid the importance of color. Color has a psychological impact on people, and it’s essential to understand how it can affect the design of a product or brand. A color study is an essential part of designing anything. The process of analyzing and understanding the relationship between colors helps designers creating a color palette that works well together and evokes the desired emotions. Knowing of how color affects human behavior and emotions is an important consideration for designers because it can influence how people perceive their work.
It’s the right call.
Imagine if for each project you should wear the color of the product you are presenting, don’t you think you’d become it? I am not sure that would send the right message, I think that staying neutral puts you in an objective position, the one that is listening. Something that some creatives forget to do.
Or maybe we wear black, simply because we think it’s Cool.