Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Starting TwentyFourteen with a BlogHop!

Starting TwentyFourteen with a BlogHop, using the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Check back on Saturday, Jan 18th, starting at 8 am EST, to hop from designer blog to designer blog, catching the Tropical Fusion vibe!

The Pantone company has been publishing books of color chips for designers for years, a standard in any design studio, I have several! Here is a little bit more about Pantone and how they choose a color for a whole year. (my favorite year is still tangerine tango!!)

The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.
past colors of the year
To distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the PCI team, led by executive director Leatrice Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

Pantone doesn't just make color chips, they have cleverly segued into products featuring their trademark chip on everything from mugs to rubiks cubes.

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