So it’s that time of the year again – no I’m not talking health kick diets or resolutions, but the Pantone of the Year. What does this mean? Well, that trends will be forecast, products created and creatives will either love it or hate it.
Pantone started announcing their ‘colour of the year’ in 2000, and 15 years on, after 2014’s ‘Radiant Orchid’ we are met by Marsala.
What is Marsala? Most of us will be familiar with the wine variety but in this case, it’s a deep red-ish, brown-ish, rusty kind of colour. The photoshoot by Pantone definitely shows it’s potential – it looks gorgeous in fabric form paired with blues and other berry tones like reds and purples. And all the ladies out there will know that this colour is going to work in the beauty world; think lipsticks, blush and smoky eyes, but as a graphic designer, I’m not sure I’m going to be seeing much of it.
Starting strong with this gorgeous wood type alphabet via the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum – the largest collection of Wood type in the USA.
Abstract and shine from Frank Hueslboemer’s Neurological snapshots series.
Type and illustration with this San Francisco print by Albert and Marie via Etsy.
I love this berry tone layered type by 8 Faces.
Is it an eye? Is it a 0? Marsala mystery with this Louise Bourgeois print from MoMA.
I spy a Marsala gradient amongst these from Akatre.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Marsala at first but I think I’m actually warming up to it and can even see some of those rich tones shining through in foiling details:
Beautiful bronze by Magpie studio…
…and copper by Swiss studio, A3. It’s all in the details – Print’s not dead!
Are you feeling on-trend in Marsala? Do you dare to take the plunge into the deep tones? How do you see it fitting into your life this year?