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.
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:
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:
If you don't already subscribe to Elle Decoration UK, you might want to pick up the October issue. It contains a 16-page "Pattern Book" insert with Elle UK's picks of the best fabrics and wallpapers for Autumn/Winter 2013. The issue also includes a peek at the British Design Awards nominees for best British pattern design.
See which designs and designers made these two esteemed lists and get some inspiration!
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