Monday, October 19, 2009

Universities with Crimson School Colors 10-19-09

Indiana University Logo

Harvard University Logo

University of Alabama Logo

This journal entry is about universities that use a common color. This entry centers around the color Crimson. The above images that use Crimson are as follows:
  • Indiana University
  • Harvard University
  • The University of Alabama.
I had found the Wikipedia article on Crimson and have used that to find out which universities used it.

I have also used the Online Etymology Dictionary to find out what Crimson actually means. According to that website: it means:

"'deep red color," from O.Sp. cremesin "of or belonging to the kermes" (the shield-louse insects from which a deep red dye was obtained), from M.L. cremesinus, from Arabic qirmiz "kermes," from Skt. krmi-ja a compound meaning "(red dye) produced by a worm," from krmih "worm" + -ja- "produced" (from PIE *gene-).' (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Since crimson is related to red, I looked within the Color Wheel Pro website in order to see what red symbolized. According to that website, it symbolizes "energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love" (Color Wheel Pro).

Determination, passion, and strength might be qualities that are appropriate for universities, but I highly doubt that danger and war are associated with higher learning.

We can probably see now why these three schools chose these colors. Hopefully we can look at their school colors and understand why they chose them.

Works Cited

"Crimson -." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Web. 19 Oct. 2009.
Online Etymology Dictionary. Web. 19 Oct. 2009.
"Color Wheel Pro: Color Meaning." Color Wheel Pro: See Color Theory in Action! Web.
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