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!
It seems everywhere I turn lately I am seeing black and white stripes. From pants to bags to jackets, the fat black and white stripe are in.
After the third sighting I started thinking about my last vacation. I spent a delightful day in view of the 167 foot stripped Fire Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was so majestic we took a tour at the end of the day. It was there that I learned all lighthouses are painted with different color and patterns to help sailors identify where they were during the daytime.
Take a look at some US lighthouses next to 2016 fashions and tell me there was no influence.
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.
Last week Pantone announced their color of the year for 2015. About Marsala, their chosen color, they say:
San Francisco Bay Area members of the Surface Pattern Design Guild may want to jet on over to the Design Center in San Francisco for Design San Francisco 2014, an annual event taking place this year on February 4th through 7th.
There will be speakers on a variety of topics. Zinc Textile will share the inspiration behind their new collections. Also included are textile designers Nomi Franklin and Seema Kirsh. Meanwhile Benjamin Moore will present Color Trends 2014. Another promising presentation is on Protecting Original Design: What Every Designer Needs to Know About Patent Law. While many of the speaker events require advance registration, these dates still promise many exhibits to be explored as a guest of the Design Center.
If you attend any of the Design San Francisco 2014 Events, we’d love to hear what speakers and seminars wowed you, and what you learned.
The lovely folks over at Patternbank are offering a free trade show report from their first excursion to the Top Drawer and HOME show in London. This three decades old trade show covers everything from paper goods to porcelain, and the free PDF is packed with images from the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. And it is free! Patternbank's regular trend reports are quite pricey, more than the average freelance surface pattern designer can usually splash out for, so head on over and get your copy!
Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014 today: Radiant Orchid. Their press release sums it up best:
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