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Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015!

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year

Images courtesy of Pantone Inc.

Pantone chipWhat better way to kick off the New Year with the latest “Color of the Year” from Pantone? Each year, the color-trend company chooses one hue they believe will set the colorway for design for the years to follow.

While past colors have been much brighter than this one, this year’s winner, “Marsala,” has a beautifully rich resonance to it. This sophisticated, more neutral tone will probably be absolutely stunning in home décor and fashion, neutral for the first and flattering to most skin tones for the second. However, I am not certain how well it will translate to ink and web design! As evidenced on the Pantone website, the color feels a bit flat in RGB.

Pantone writes:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Learn more about why Pantone chose this color »

So when you are ready to redesign your living room, keep an eye open for colors that will go with this one because we should start to see it pop up in products and clothing over the next year or so. And you might even prepare to redo all your other rooms as Pantone leads us down this sultry, earthy color way.


Examples of how Marsala might be used.

Examples of how Marsala might be used.

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2014 Pantone Color of the Year!

“Radiant Orchid” ~ Pantone #18-3224

Why? “It’s a color that encourages us to innovate,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute which chooses the color each year. “It’s in the purple family… it’s complex, which intrigues people…”

The symbolism of purple is that it’s magical, draws you in and enhances creativity. Not pink, not blue, purple is unique — and wearing it will imbue you with a sense of uniqueness. Magical? Maybe. Purple definitely has a beguiling charm within its range of hues.

“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.”

2014 Pantone Color of the Year

The moods of Radiant Orchid

Keep your eyes open for purple on the web, and on the rack of your favorite shop! Read more about Radiant Orchid and see past colors of the year here…

Here’s Leatrice herself speaking about Radiant Orchid (refresh the page if you don’t see a video below)…

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What If? Big Brands Swap Colors

The “big brands” we see every day rely heavily on color to establish their identity, but we tend to take it for granted. Have you ever thought about how much you might identify the brand with the color? Designer  via Printsome shows us these great examples of big brands swapping colors. So, how does it make you feel?


Coke - Pepsi Original



Google - Yahoo Original




VISA - MasterCard Original



Subway - McDonalds Original



MS - Apple Original

Via Printsome

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10 Delicious Colors to Brighten Your Tuesday

Color can be hard. It’s harder when we think about it too much (which we do, a lot). Instead of judging, how about just enjoy these 10 selections of rich and yummy color fields, courtesy of MentalFloss. Which speak to you and why?


Amaranth. The pop of perennial in the garden. The imaginary flower that never fades.


Coquelicot. This is our color. Another name for poppy.


Falu. Or barn-red. Feels rich and powerful to me.


Fulvous. (Yes, it’s a real color name.) A variation on buff, beige or butterscotch. Yummy!


Glaucous. It’s not just a winning Words With Friends score. A dull-grey blue, or the powdery grey bloom on grapes.


Mikado. Royal Japanese yellow. Rich and bold.


Sarcoline. Or buff. Useful in so many ways.


Smaragdine. The Pantone color of the year in 2013. Or emerald green. Always reminds me of Disney®.


Wenge. My new favorite alternate to grey – more of a warm grey with copper undertones. Named after a wood used for furniture.


Xanadu. Drab or dramatic? For rich backgrounds and staid undertones.


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The New First Aid Kit: Beautiful Union of Product Design and Graphic Design

It had to happen some time: the improvement of the first aid kit. Designer Kevin Harald Campean has reconceptualized an approach to the first aid kit that nails the intersection of form and function — the gold star of design. Everything is well organized into compartments and the iconographic approach makes it easy to get what’s inside at a glance. A huge improvement over the traditional mess that becomes a first aid kit over the years. An inspiration for re-thinking household items that we might take for granted.

Apparently orange is the new red!

The Redesigned First Aid Kit

Via The Dieline

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