Color of the Year Idea


Topic: Color of the Year Idea
Published 22.02.2021 Updated 22.02.2021

Marta Wierzbicka staffpropremium posted 7 months ago

Color of the Year Initiative

The Color of the Year is an initiative created by the Pantone Institute. Since 2000, in one of the European capitals, twice a year international meetings of colorists have been held, who work on the color groups of their countries, and then present the concept of a palette oriented around a previously selected topic. The results of these meetings are published in Pantone View and influence the development of various products, purchasing decisions in industries such as fashion, interior design, industrial design, product packaging, as well as graphic and web design. Designers, and others, involved in this idea carefully analyze trends and make long deliberations to make the right choice. And it can be influenced by pop culture, cinema, art, fashion, travel, and much more. Inspiration comes from all over the world.

Color of the Year 2021

A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

Each color of the year is related to what is happening in the surrounding reality at a given moment or to the history of a given color. In 2021, these are two colors - PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. Below I present a visualization of both of these colors and a short description from the Pantone Institute itself.

Color of the Year 2021

 As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness, and resilience. 

In my opinion, the choice of this year's colors is related to the current situation around the world and the desire for mutual support. Yellow is supposed to give us hope, solar energy, and joy, and a light shade of gray is to remind us of the importance of solid foundations and life values.

In web design projects, these colors match the minimalist style of websites or applications, where we have a lot of space between elements, the font is simple and expressive, and the photos refer to summer, holiday, warm, sunny vibes. Just such a simple one-page project I created on MDB Snippets, which you can see here.

Project 1 - Color of the Year 2021

Below, I would also like to present projects on "Color of the Year" from previous years.

Project 2 - Color of the Year 2020

Project 3 - Color of the Year 2019 and earlier


Mimi2 commented 7 months ago

Nice ! I absolutely love these colors


Marta Wierzbicka staffpropremium commented 7 months ago

Thank you for the feedback.


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