The color green

We assign a color from the light spectrum to each issue of Prism. Learn more about the color concept and the current focus color: green.

Each issue of the new Prism will feature one focus topic. It will deal with issues that are relevant to every employee. We will examine the topic just like we would through a prism: by looking at it from many different perspectives and at all of its facets. To help the focus topic stand out visually, it is marked with a specific color from the light spectrum in each issue. This time, the color is green.

On a mission: focus color green

Transforming light into quality of life - this is the mission that drives us, which is why we have selected green as the focus color for this issue of Prism. After all, green stands for growing and thriving; for freshness, natural attributes and youth. In other words, it embodies life itself. Green also has a calming, relaxing effect. As a signal color, green symbolizes that which is positive and unproblematic. It is used for indicating operations that work smoothly or permitted actions, such as the use of green in stoplights, lights with particular functions or control buttons on technical devices.

Like nature, green is incredibly diverse. We do not see any other color with such nuance as we do green. All of its hues are found in the wavelength range between about 490 and 560 nanometers. In terms of symbolism, green is multifaceted as well, representing lush vegetation and fertility in Western society, while symbolizing feminine aspects in China. However, green sometimes also stands for things that are immature, as indicated in the word "greenhorn."

Odd facts about the color green:

  • The Vulcans in "Star Trek" have green blood. Unlike human blood, that of Mr. Spock and his kind contains copper instead of iron.
  • The artist Andy Warhol is said to have worn only green underwear.
  • St. Patrick's Day, which is Ireland's national holiday, is also celebrated beyond the Emerald Isle in the national color: green. The Chicago River in Chicago is even dyed green for the holiday.
  • Green flashes are rare optical phenomena visible on the upper edge of the sun during sunrise or sunset.
  • Unlike with insects, reptiles and birds, green does not occur in mammals. It even takes a bit of imagination and good will to see an olive-green tinge in the coat of the green monkey.