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Transcreating Colours: Think Pink

By Sarah Nana [caption id="attachment_4256" align="alignright" width="300"]Cherry Blossom Cherry Blossom[/caption] If you want a colour which suits every country, you can’t go wrong with pink. Indeed, pink is one of the only colours that has no negative connotations no matter which country you’re targeting! The lighter shades of pink remind people of their childhood in Western countries; and it is also the colour generally used for girls when they’re born. There is no doubt that pink is the most feminine colour, so its use is mainly for cosmetics and products for women. The majority of products promoted for little girls can be recognised thanks to their packaging which is mainly pink (for example Barbie or American Girl). Nevertheless, that’s not to say that pink can’t be universal. [caption id="attachment_4258" align="alignright" width="300"]lastminute.com lastminute.com[/caption] In Asia, pink has a more neutral meaning: in Korea, they represent trust. In Japan, this is the colour of the flowers from cherry trees, and a Japanese custom is to meet under these trees during the Hanami day to spend some time together. So, the Asian meaning of light pink is connected to spending time with friends. On the other hand, it has a more striking aspect as well; shades like Fuchsia are flashy and ostentatious. Certain kinds of products are coloured black and pink, thus the packaging gives an impression of sophistication and sensuality. Not all pink brands are girly. Lastminute.com use bright pink to point out their deals like a highlighter pen. Smile and T-Mobile are companies who also use bright pink to differentiate themselves from other similar brands. So, be careful not to use pale pink too much in Western countries, or your product could be defined as too feminine or potential customers may misunderstand your product. Bear in mind the fact that in Asia the connotations with pink are different. What colour is your business’ logo? We’ve also written blogs about the colours: orange, red, green, white, blue, black, yellow and purple. Liked this blog? Then feel free to click on those buttons below to share it on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Want to comment? All you have to do is enter your comment, then your name and email into Disqus and press register. That’s it!

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