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on Kandinsky’s test.

triangle – yellow.
square – blue.
circle – red.

prior to reading the others’ comments, this was my immediate reaction. square was assigned blue after a process of elimination. i believe that the colors for the triangle and circle were chosen because of street signs and other signs i am used to seeing. i wonder what would happen if the colors were orange, purple, and green.

it doesnt seem like there is any real universality to this… the decisions must be both culturally and individually linked. i would expect a diverse population such as that in the united states to choose a variety of different assignments. in a country with a severely less diverse population, although the choices may not reflect my decisions, i would expect there to be a larger consensus on the assignments. despite this cultural link i believe the assignments to have an individual basis, as certain individuals may have different reasons for their choices, for example, if they only ever saw red triangles in their lifetime.

it kind of made me mad that rosemarie bletter and milton glaser decided not to assign the colors to the shapes, but rather to do their own thing. not only did they not follow directions properly, they make it nearly impossible to make any causal connections. so much for the experiment.

in addition, i wonder if the order that the choices are given have anything to do with the decision making process — they most likely do.  if kandinsky’s original experiment is printed accurately, then it remains unsurprising that the order of choices was, respectively, “yellow, red, blue” and “triangle, square, circle.”

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  1. jcoxeteron Mar 12th 2008 at 10:37 am

    While I thought Bletter and Glaser were thinking outside the box, you interpreted their reactions as not following directions properly. I can see your point. Did they expand our course of thought or simply take it off target? It would be fun to have a discussion in class along these lines.

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