Tuesday, January 19, 2016
All My Year Colors so far
One file I was glad to recover from my old stacks was my list of "Year Colors." My friends know that each year I pick a color, combination of colors, or texture and color as an "accent." I then collect things in that color or incorporate that color into artwork or journal design. I've been doing this ever since 1968, which is the year I started my journal. I am still doing this "color game" and friends wait every year for me to announce what the next year's color will be. I'm not the only one to do this. Pantone, the color marketer without which no graphic designer can do, also announces its "color of the year." This year for the first time Pantone is using two colors, pink and blue, with a direct allusion to "gender fluidity" and the boy/girl baby color "tradition." See, even a simple color choice can have major cultural significance.
My colors for this year are a bright grassy green streaked through with sunny yellow, a hope for a better and more sprightly mood after many years of pain.
CorelDraw and Photoshop, around 1999, updated 2016. Click for closer view of year colors.