Color Derby

This is the time of year when the news is full of stories about things “of the year.” According to your interests, you may have already noted Time’s Person of the Year, AAAS’s Science Stories of the Year or the nominees for Academy Awards.

However, there are some yearly “selections” that get less play in mainstream media. For example, unless you are in a design profession, you may not have heard that Pantone’s “Color of the Year” is Living Coral. Here’s a tiny clip they released with the announcement.

Here’s a slightly longer clip from ABC introducing the lucky color that will have a broad influence in design industries such as fashion, art, and interior design.

Pantone’s “Color of the Year” may have a significant impact on color choices next year, but the biggest impact of their announcement seems to be that it inspires a plethora of other “Color of the Year” announcements.

Here’s a slick clip from Benjamin Moore about their choice of Metropolitan AF-690.

Here’s a snazzy clip from Sherwin-Williams introducing their choice of Cavern Clay.

BEHR’s Color of the Year and other “Color Trends” were even introduced in a 360° video.

I like Ace Hardware’s approach best. They invited customers to mix their own paint color and enter it to be “Color of the Year,” and the winner was Pineapple Cream Granita.

Pantone’s “Color of the Year” doesn’t just have an impact on interior design. The fashion industry also takes notice, and this can’t help but bring to mind Meryl Streep’s scathing cerulean monologue in Devil Wears Prada.

If you are a fashionista and want to be on trend next year, then here’s a video that showcases Pantone’s Color Trends contextualized with the names of the designers who used them.

If you care, then find out more about color

However, in all likelihood, you are far more likely to be on the same page as Stephen Colbert was earlier this month.

If you are on the same page as Colbert, then you may enjoy my own favorite Cosma posts from this year. They happen to be about rain forests, whales and Earth 🙂

Watchable Whales
Great Views of Earth!