As you know, I’m a big fan of Pantone*, the company that sets many a color standard for a wide range of industries, and provides helpful products and resources as well. You’ve probably seen their Color of the Year stories (UltraViolet for 2018), for example.
Today, I ran across another fun little thing on Pantone’s site: their color IQ test! You just rearrange color tiles into a sequence that creates a smooth gradient from one color to another. It looks (but only looks) simple enough. Continue reading →
As I mentioned in my recent post following Pantone’s announcement of their co-Colors of the Year (COTY), Pink Quartz and Serenity, my initial reaction was, well, raised eyebrows (she understated.) And now, several days later, do I feel any differently? Hmm. No, not really. I’m skeptical. As much as I want to embrace every hue in the color world equally, I feel like I’ll have to work really hard to think of ways to use what looks to me like colors that belong in a nursery. But I’m trying to keep an open mind— let’s see how we can make these colors work!
The more I work with creating color palettes, the more I’m aware of inspiration lurking, at times, in some frankly odd places. But this is the first time I’ve had one delivered to me with my e-mail, not from Martha Stewart or HGTV — from Publisher’s Clearing House! Take a look:
Being involved in graphic design, I’m certainly aware that a major application of color palettes is in website development, and related projects like this e-mail promotion. But this is the first time this concept has struck me this way; we do tend to take in the page overall, not consciously picking out separate colors, especially when there are this many. It’s a good lesson to keep my eyes open! Continue reading →
Well, it’s barely fall, officially, especially here in Portland, but I couldn’t wait to show you these fabulous colors! (You’ll thank me during the long, grey winter days, trust me.) This amazing collection comes directly from Pantone, and seems to forecast bright, happy, optimistic times ahead for spring and summer!
Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2013 colors. (Click the image to go directly to this page on Pantone’s website.) Continue reading →