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I’ve been looking at color trends lately for a project and found this graphic showing Pantone’s color picks for the last 10 years on their online newsletter, Tones.
Each year, color experts from Pantone and designers (print, fashion, product and interior design) determine what colors are most likely to be influential in the upcoming year.These experts also look to see what cultural, social, economic and technological issues would affect the upcoming year’s use of colors. I think it’s interesting that after the economic downturn in 2009 that the Color of the Year for 2009 was Mimosa “A warm cheerful shade that sparks imagination and expresses hope and reassurance”.
Usually my color choices for design tend to be influenced by a client’s long term branding rather than yearly color trends. For example, the Seattle Art Museum had four main colors in their palette (PMS 382 green, PMS 312 blue, PMS 142 orange and PMS 214 pink) and the YMCA’s new branding campaign had 17 colors in their palatte. Sometimes, it’s inspiring to step away from the “usual” color palettes and look to see what Pantone predicts for color trends.
Read more about how Pantone selects the “Color of the Year” and see more color trend predictions at pantone.com.
Somehow I missed this announcement back in December but the Pantone “Color of the Year” for 2011 is Honeysuckle — “A bright, sherberty pink, uplifting and optimistic, and also evoking nostalgic feelings of summertime”.
Just in time — summer started yesterday. I see this color throughout my neighborhood flowerbeds in the roses, peonies and petunias.
Read more about this year’s color choice at pantone.com.
My friend, client and fellow designer, Jay Carskadden is also a metalsmith. In our latest collaboration, Jay designed a new site to promote her metalsmith work and hired me to build the site in WordPress.
This beautiful site is simple, with the focus being Jay’s artwork. To showcase each new piece, the WordPress blog function is used to create a “portfolio” of her jewelry and other artwork. Jay will adding new pieces to her portfolio overtime and the pieces are available for sale. For now, interested buyers should contact Jay through her new site. Like any other site, this site will grow and change over time — eventually we may add ecommerce capabilities that would allow for online purchasing.