Happy Cinco de Mayo; or in my world Cinco Designo!

Posted 5 May 2015 12:00 AM by Megan Ziegler

As many of us celebrate a modernized version of Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, sombreros and mariachi music, others celebrate the traditional practices with military parades and recreations of the Battle of Puebla.

However, one thing remains the same: the bright and vibrant use of colors.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebrated holiday of culture, heritage and accomplishment. It is important to remember that today commemorates a proud moment for a nation. No, this is not Mexico's Independence Day (fun fact: it's September 16, 1810). Today is a day where new morale, confidence and unity grew for the underdogs (Mexico) in the Battle of Puebla (vs. France).

While a designer might see a fiesta today in colors of lime-margarita greens, salsa reds, corn-tortilla yellows and hot tamale pinks, the true significant colors today are green, red and white in honor of the three background colors of the Mexican flag. Green represents hope, white stands for purity and red symbolizes the color of blood for those who have died fighting for Mexico's independence.

Today, I am going to look at color and design not as a splash but as the proclamation.


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