I’m not a designer, but working at an
agency I'm surrounded by inspiring visual design. Because
of my work environment, I’ve become familiar and learned to appreciate the tools designers use on a
daily basis, including Pantone swatches.
The cubicle pictured above uses the Pantone swatches as decorative wallpaper, but there are several other options to incorporate Pantone-inspired products and accessories to add color into your life...
An officially branded Pantone iPhone 5 case can advertise your favorite swatch color wherever you go (13 color options available).
Food Art Pairings: This project
combines three of my favorite things: Instagram, food, and Pantone colors. David
Schwen created limited edition prints of favorite food pairings in place of Pantone color swatches (macaroni & cheese, wasabi & soy sauce, peas & carrots, etc). The swatches are textured to match the type of
food they are portraying. I’d love to hang one up in my
Underpantones: I came across these
undies while reading PSFK. The play on words is fun. Now you can have a different color underwear for every day of the week.
Pantone Mugs: These are an old
favorite. Mugs happen to be an important aesthetic on most people’s desktops and these Pantone themed mugs add a little color to your daily cup or as decoration on your shelf.
Pantone Bike: I love the classic design of
these bikes, they remind of my Public bike with the leather saddle and a similar
steel frame design. The bikes come in 4 different shades of Pantone colors to
choose from, and give you a color-friendly way to travel from the home office to your work office in style.
Tote and Messenger Bag: I'm fond of tote bags as a laptop carrier, and one of these Pantone emblazoned totes would be
a nice addition to my collection. These bags are made of heavy cotton canvas, strong enough to hold a 13-inch laptop (for larger laptops, there's the Messenger Bag). They come in 3 fun colors with
an alternating color scheme for the inside of the bag. There’s also a zip lined
pocket to store small things like ear buds or a USB drive, a definite bonus.
(Images: Felipe Lecina Marin; Food Art Pairings; Pantone Mug / Julienne Lin, all other images as credited above)