What will be the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year?

As soon as I saw the back cover of the Williams Sonoma catalog that arrived in the mail Saturday, I just KNEW what color Pantone was going to pick for their 2014 Color of the Year:

Photo of a catalog spread of dish towels and aprons
Harbinger of Pantone’s 2014 signature color? Williams Sonoma’s late summer catalog features kitchen towels and aprons in a color they call “claret.”

Purple dishtowels? Really?!

The blog at The Mercantile has a feature on the palettes Pantone has assembled for 2014, and a color named Tillandsia Purple is one of the jewel tones.

All the Adorables is predicting a dark blue as the hot color for 2014.

What color do you think Pantone will select as the 2014 Color of the Year?

So naturally, I’ve created a Pinterest board called Let’s Guess: What will be the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year? It’s a group board by invitation, and I’d love for you to join in the fun. Just drop me a line in the comments with your Pinterest handle, and I’ll send you a pinvitation to join the board. If you see a color in current fashion, design or media that you think looks to be a trend for next year, pin it up.

If you have $750 in your budget, you can purchase the PantoneView Color Planner for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 and find out now.

But where’s the fun in that? 🙂


Please note, this is absolutely NOT a Pantone-sponsored event or board. I am NOT affiliated with or compensated by Pantone in any way. There are no prizes if you “win” by guessing the color correctly. This is all just good, clean, color-loving, design-nerd fun. Also, if you participate, please make the effort to pin from sites that permit pinning of their images and make sure there is a link or credit to the photographer/designer. Thanks!

Pantone’s Color Inspires: A contest for tweeters

Pantone is holding a contest for color-loving tweeters.

Every Monday between July 1 and August 31, 2013, the company will announce a design concept on Twitter. To participate, upload a photo to Twitter or Instagram that illustrates the concept and mention a color in the photo that you find inspiring (bonus points if you can reference a Pantone color 😉 ). Tag the photo with #ColorInspires and @Pantone.

Each week a winner will be chosen to receive a Pantone product. There will be two grand prize winners (one in July, one in August) who will each receive a Capsure Bluetooth color capture and matching device.

HCC graphics students will exhibit their work

Exhibit poster for HCC graphics students portfolio show

The HCC student show opening is Friday, May 4, 2012, 5-8 pm

Sharon Hendry, the head of Houston Community College’s graphics communications program has sent me this notice for the opening of the HCC graphics students’ portfolio show.

The exhibit opening is Friday, May 4, from 5-8 pm. All graphics professionals and interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Ms. Hendry has especially requested that any graphics professionals attending the opening give their opinion and advice to the students about their pieces. So feel free to share your thoughts and experiences! 🙂

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