Name Survey

From my list of ‘ways to decide what to name the colours’ I decided that using female names would be best fitting with my research. At the very start of the project I did a survey asking people what their immediate associations with the colour pink were. The overwhelming majority were awnsers such as ‘girly’ ‘feminine’ and ‘female’. Other answers were also things that are often closely related with femininity such as ‘cute’ ‘flowers’ and ‘princess’. It is as if society has given the colour pink a gender ; female. Obviously there are exceptions to this, but from the average percpective, pink is a female colour. 

To represent this I want to use female names. I think it would be interesting also to look at catcalling and pet names, as words that are used to “name” females. Yo collect this data, I have created 2 surveys; 1) asking for first names to guage popularity of first names and 2) asking people if they have been catcalled/been called petnames and so, what sort of names have they been called.


Colour Perception Survey Result Analysis 

The results from my colour perception survey and the colour swatches that I used can be found here, but this is a summary of the interesting points. Overall I received 619 responses before it began to loose momentum and I decided to close it for replies. It is so much more than I was expecting, so I am very happy with this.

Overall there were only two colours that everyone completely agreed on. A bright yellow, and a mint green.

Two other shades were very split between two different colours. The first swatch had 350 responses calling it blue, and 269 responses calling it purple. The second swatch created even more controversy as many people commented on my actual post on reddit, stating there frustration at there not being a ‘teal’ option. In the end the majority called it green with 381 responses calling it green and 236 responses calling it blue.

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Looking at the pink shades in particular, there wasn’t too much debate over them apart from that none of them were considered solidly pink. The one shade that most people struggled with was the first swatch below, that had 371 responses calling it red and 231 responses calling it pink. The second shade had 448 responses calling it pink, but also 145 responses calling it purple. All the pink shades seemed to revolve around either pink, red or purple (along with some smaller minority responses, but these are the dominating responses).

As well as these colours that had large responses calling them pink, throughout the survey there were other colours that had small groups of responses calling them pink. 8 responses called the first swatch below pink, verses the 574 responses who called it yellow. The second had 20 people calling it pink in comparison to 510 people calling it grey.


Since I didn’t think I would receive many replies I had chosen to use a multiple choice style answering, as this would be easier to analyse, even if I didn’t get too many responses. However, after receiving this much interest, it has made me think about possibly re doing the survey and allowing people to name the colours themselves, as lots of people commented about what they would name certain colours given the chance.

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On my actual post on reddit where I put the link, I also had lots of comments for suggestions on how the survey could be improved. If I were to do this survey again, there are a few things that I would change. First I would allow people to name the colours themselves and secondly I would consider adding an option to say what country they are from, to see if perception of colour changes depending on where in the world you have grown up in. As for using this research to further along my project, it has given me an insight to what people actually consider to be colour, rather than just their associations with it. I find it really interesting that people can see and consider colour differently from person to person, and this is something that I want to explore further in my project.

xkcd Colour Name Research

One comment I had on my post for the ‘Colour Categorising’ survey I did, suggested that I look at the results of a survey that Randall Munroe had carried out a few years ago. It consisted of people naming a particular shade of colour shown, with a type box rather than a drop list of answers to choose from. According to his summary of the results ‘over five million colors were named across 222,500 user sessions’.

It’s really interesting to read his summary of results that show a number of different things. His visual chart of how females name colours vs. how males name colours shows that it seems that females are more likely to name more detailed colours, whereas men more commonly have generalised terms.


One thing I have found from my own research and also concluded from Munroe’s research is that people are very particular about the colour teal. While commonly the male respondents to Munroes survey grouped blue together instead of individual shades, teal was an exception.

As well as seeing how males vs. Females name colours, the results showed where on average certain colours “start” and “finish”. This is particularly useful in looking at what people consider to be the colour “pink”. 

Additionally to this, Munroe released the full data collected including all the RGB values of the colours that people named. I want to try and search the data to see if any of “my” shades of pink had happened to be named. It would be interesting to see what people would call them, however I’m having allot of trouble trying to open the data. It uses a database program called ‘SQLite’, which is based on written commands – I’m finding it quite difficult to open the information. 



Slime Experiment Dried

After having left my slime experiments to dry over the weekend, I realised it would have been better if I had done the experiment during the week when I can check on them every few hours to see when exactly each one dried. Although most of them are now completely dry, the mixture where I had used lots and lots of acrylic paint is still is some ways squishy, just slightly hardened round the edge. This would suggest that this sort of mixture would be the best to go for.


The more liquidy ones, although completely dry, did create some interesting shapes as they curled up and dried. Although a mistake, this could be something that I develop on and use in my final outcome.


Slime Drying Experiment Set Up

One idea I have that I could do for the final exhibition, is possibly to just fill an entire room floor with pink slime, and have a walkway through the middle. However, there are lots of possible problems with this as slime dries out if it isn’t contained. To try and do some tests, I have created different slime textures (more solid, more liquidy and more sticky) and then put a small amount of each onto a plastic sheet. I will then leave these to see how each one takes to being left in the open.


Slime Experiments Pink

While trying out different ways to make slime, I found that you can make a really liquidy but still “dry” and stretchy slime by adding lots of water in. I really like the texture of this slime, and it also made a large amount without using lots of glue. This would be good for my end project, as if I need to make a large amount of slime (e .g. to cover a wall or floor) it could be expensive to make normal slime with lots of glue.