The Pantone colour system or Pantone Matching System is used by the printing industry for work on fabrics, paint, published items and plastics. I recently acquired a set of 100 Pantone postcards which I was thinking about arranging into frames for around the house. A geeky designer touch. It never really occurred to me that to other people, including my husband, it would look like I'd just grabbed a bunch of paint samplers from the hardware shop and stuck them up on the wall.
All the Pantone colours have a designated number and some have names too. This year's 'Colour of the Year' is Radiant Orchid 18-3224, a rather beautiful shade of purple.
The visual is powerful. Working with colour is extremely tricky and picking the right mix of colours (and light/dark) can have a huge impact on how a image works or a space feels.
The Colour Wheel
There's also colour psychology to take into account, some of which is human response to factors in nature and some which is culturally informed and varies from country to country - for example, the colour of mourning in the UK is black but in other countries it is white.Then there are brand colours and favourite colours... I like to have all the colours!
It's from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service because I've donated enough times to be considered a 'regular donor' - yay!
I have O Negative blood which is great because it can be given to anyone safely. I'm a universal donor. My dad has been giving blood for years and growing up I understood it to be something you just have a duty to do, if you can. I know quite a few people who have trouble being able to give blood for various reasons and so can't, but if you can, you should!
I was extremely proud of my city during the aftermath of the tragedy of the Clutha helicopter plane crash the Glasgow blood banks actually had turn to turn people away because so many had come forward to donate as a way to help.
Some stats from the letter I was sent with my card:
- only 6% of the population volunteer as a blood donor.
- only 8% of the population have O Negative blood
In other news - Fruit Salad Trees are real! Read about them at the Scientific American.