Traditionally most designers are reluctant to associate food brands with the colour blue, as there is a common misconception that it is unappetising + unnatural. This has since been disproved by countless successful brands such as; Oreos, Dominos, Greggs, Co-op, Pepsi, Jamie Oliver’s Website, Tasty (Youtube Channel), Pizza Express, Carluccio’s, Denone + many more. Dominos is one of the most recognisable fast-food chains in the world + by utilising blue they created a contrast from their competitors allowing them to stand out in a sea of red fast-food chains.
Furthermore blue is abundant in nature + actually has more hues than any other colour to the human eye. In fact, this palette is solely inspired by the colours of the sky, water + plants, with the purpose to complement the food photography by setting them amongst neutral tones. The ubiquitousness of green + blue in the natural world evidently implies they can successfully pair with the many colours which surround them. After all - every flower has a green leaf.
The expression “blue next to green should never be seen” is an absolutely ridiculous statement coined by sailors in the 1600s who believed it was bad luck to put the two together. With regards to colour theory, it couldn’t be more wrong as the positions on the colour wheel would create an analogous combination. This is where three colours compliment each other based on their sequentiality on a 12-part colour wheel, such as yellow, green, + blue.
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