Free Association

Posted in Making Magic on February 5, 2004

By Mark Rosewater

Working in R&D since '95, Mark became Magic head designer in '03. His hobbies: spending time with family, writing about Magic in all mediums, and creating short bios.

I'm a huge fan of the philosophy of the five colors. If you are too, here's a fun activity to try next time you and some Magic friends have nothing better to do: Pick a topic. Animals, cartoon characters, countries, vegetables, etc. Then for each color try and find an example for each color.

Let me take a shot. The topic is household appliances.

White: Vacuum Cleaner. Its role is to keep things neat and tidy.
Blue: Computer. It's all about the collection and use of knowledge.
Black: Garbage Disposal. It lives in a damp and dark place and is used to eliminate the existence of things.
Red: Toaster. It exists to burn things. Only human intervention keeps it from doing so.
Green: Air filter. It just wants to maintain the room.

The funniest part of me doing this little exercise is that I know I'm going to get mail.

Dear Maro,

The air filter is green? I don't think so. First off, it manipulates the air. Air? That's blue. And it's trying to prevent the natural build-up of dust. It's stopping the natural way. That's not green. I believe the air filter is half blue/half white. The white part is because it's keeping the room orderly.

A Fan

P.S. The Dark is to a good name.

You all laugh, but I will.

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