Pantone Colors of the Year



Hello, my friends, here’s something I bet I’ve never told you. I’m obsessed with Pantone colors. I think it started when I learned to print color photographs and began to think about them in terms of the CMYK color system. Which, as it happens, was right around the same time that Pantone started announcing a Color of the Year. What I most love about that is that it’s a prediction, based on what’s trending, and based on what they expect will be the zeitgeist for the coming year. Obviously, they have a handle on what colors are trending, but the part that knocks me out is that they are also predicting the zeitgeist.

That’s a game I wanted in on. Sadly, the Pantone folks said no, as I am an industry outsider. But just because I can’t do it officially doesn’t mean I can’t do it. So here they are, my predictions for Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016.  And if you think it’s jumping the gun, a “Christmas in July” kind of thing, you’d be right. Which is why I have two.  The one on the left is my pick if it turns out that 2016 is shaping up to be glum, and the one on the right is for if it looks like it’s going to be an auspicious year.

Before you say that no one would pick a color like Porpoise (the grayer tone above), just remember that in 2006, the color of the year was Sand Dollar, a similarly subdued shade.  More about why I think these might be likely selections is in an entry on the blog for Nautilus, one of my favorite new(-ish) blogs and magazine.  Check it out!

Sitting the Press

Woo-hoo, it’s finally almost here!  After, well, a BUNCH of years working in fits and starts and then some serious stretches, barbara bosworth and I have at last finished our awesome collaboration in the meadow.  Called THE MEADOW:  A REVERIE, it’ll be out in October of this year from Radius Books.  If by chance you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ve seen mentions of it before–nights of fireflies, days of foraging, etc.  We had a grand time delving into this small, seemingly simple place.  But nothing’s simple.  And that’s a lesson learned many times in that meadow and in making the book.

NOT that i am complaining.  To the contrary, a huge huge shout out is due to David Chickey, one of the principles at Radius Books.  David took our decidedly un-simple collection of materials and fashioned them into an absolutely gorgeous book.  Barbara and I had the chance to sit the press in Verona, Italy, with David and another Radius author, and see how our pieces plus David’s design got put to paper.  It was fascinating.

myfirstpageAnd as is required, we signed off on each page before they printed the big batch of them–even my pages, which was kind of cool, since they didn’t require any color matching.  And why yes, that is a dopamine molecule on my very first signed page.