Pantone has announced it's Color of the Year for 2017, and I like it! After what could be described as a newsprint-grey headache of a year politically - what with various campaigns, elections and referenda, this may be just the bit of freshness we all need.
As usual, there are downloadable .ase palettes which incorporate 15-0343 Greenery.
Because these colors of the year have generally been right under our noses, here is SPDG's fresh new Pinterest board, with a few selected pins from the past year. See if you can spot the pin from a pair of our own guild members!
If you are a Surface Pattern Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer or all around color lover your go to color search starts and stops at Pantone. Pantone's standardized color system enables the designer and the manufacturer to perfectly match the color pallette of the printed piece without being in the same location.
The company has been around since the 1950's. It began as a division of M & J Levine Advertising. The ink and printing division was organized and systematized by Lawrence Herbert, who in the 1960's bought the division and renamed it Pantone. Fifty plus years later and Pantone is still the industry leader in color, and it's no wonder. In the age of computer control and machine manufacturing Pantone still sees the value of the human element. Every color is mixed by hand and then tested by a color technician. Take a look at this great video of two color experts at work.
On a stroll through the internet, while looking for color inspiration I came across a feast for the eyes called Color Collective. Site creator and all around color genius Lauren Wager compiles images of her own and of other artists based solely on color.
In this interview she tells us about her history with color and her career path up until now.
At what age did you decide you were a color lover?
I'm pretty sure that I've been a color lover since the day I was born! During my childhood, color coding played a big role in my organization and planning rituals. Pretty much everything was organized by color! Every Sunday I would set out my outfits for each day of the week and use colored paper to label the clothes "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...etc". I would have different colored Flintstones vitamins each morning. My rock collection was organized by color (still is!). You could be sure that all of my M&M's would be sorted out by color before I would eat them! Color is such a fun part of childhood, and I've definitely carried that love with me to my adult life as well!
What does a color designer and social media designer do? Did these jobs inspire you to start Color Collective?
I actually started Color Collective before my design years at Bath & Body Works. At the time (in 2009-2010), I was working on freelance pattern designs and found it difficult to come up with fresh, new color palettes for the patterns. I discovered so many inspirational images online from blogs, and began pulling colors from those images to create palettes. I started Color Collective as a design, color & inspirational resource for myself - with the hopes that other creatives would find it helpful as well.
My role as a Color Designer at BBW came a few years later. I worked in the Seasonal Design department researching and presenting trend and color forecasts to develop a design aesthetic for each season. I built color palettes and chose specific Pantone colors for products (i.e. home fragrance accessories, gift bags, sponges), and also consulted the design team on color. After about two years in the Seasonal Design department I moved to the Marketing department on the Social Media team. In this department I worked on design and styling for BBW social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter). I worked with the team to conceptualize, prop shop, style, design and retouch images.
Has Color Collective become your full time job now or do you work other jobs on the side?
I left BBW in February 2015 to work on a color/design book based off of Color Collective. The book is scheduled to release this summer! I'm currently wrapping the book up, working on some freelance design on the side, and searching for what is next in my color journey!
We wish Lauren well and can't wait to see what pallets she brings to us next!
This years Pantone Color of the Year is two colors, Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919. Saying that consumers are seeking more mindfulness, and antidotes to daily stress, they have given us two colors which are meant to convey a soothing balance of "wellness...order and peace."
It's interesting to visit the Pantone site, and explore the Colors of the Year for the past 16 years. Also on the page is a .ASE download for eight Pantone palettes incorporating both colors, so go scoop that up!
What do you think? Do these colors reflect trends you've been seeing? Are you or will you be using them in your design work?
Lastly, here's a screen shot from instagram this morning, celebrating the new Color(s) of the Year.
Today we bring you a bit of ancient inspiration, as light as a bird, as delicate as it's "butterfly wing" binding. The Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) was produced by Ten Bamboo Studio in 1633. It is the earliest known example of a color printing technique called polychrome xylography, a process by which colored inks are applied with a succession of printing blocks to achieve the look of watercolor.
Until its recent digitization by University of Cambridge Digital Library, the book has been considered too delicate to open, and it's contents had remained a mystery. Now the entire book is available for our viewing and delectation. (The interactive link below is by permission of the library.)
Welcome to our new blog feature Creative Workshop. In this blog spot we will be exploring different artistic mediums that can be used to create unique surface pattern designs. If you have a technique you want to share let us know!
Our first medium to explore are oil pastels. I like oil pastels because they give you a very vibrant color unlike crayons and they blend in an interesting way. I started with a small set of 10 but you can buy larger sets for greater variety of color.
With my sketchbook in hand I began to draw flowers. If you have never worked with oil pastels before, it is a little like using a crayon. As the pastel moves across the page it interacts with the texture of the paper, unlike crayons the texture that is created is more intense. For mixing you can use the pastels or a smudge stick. This is where you begin to play, so have fun.
My one bit of advice is to make your motifs on the larger size. My motifs were 1 1/2 inches and as any Photoshop fan will tell you you can scale down with good results but you can not scale up. Once you have finished with your motifs scan them into your computer at 600dpi or higher. I find the higher the better for a cleaner image.
Now that it's in the computer, pattern people do your thing.
Take a look at what I came up with, below. I am so pleased with the oil paint look of the motifs, let's see what you come up with.
Last week Pantone announced their color of the year for 2015. About Marsala, their chosen color, they say:
Surface Pattern Designers, have you checked out Pictaculous? The site is a wonderful engine for pulling palettes from photos. Just upload a photo onto the site and they make a palette directly from that photo. I took this recent shot with my camera while on a hike, and voila! Instant color palette. After uploading the first one, I found I just couldn't stop. Give it a try yourself, and if you have an iPhone you can upload the app.
Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014 today: Radiant Orchid. Their press release sums it up best:
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