Pure Color: Pantone-Inspired Design

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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. 


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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...

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An officially branded Pantone iPhone 5 case can advertise your favorite swatch color wherever you go (13 color options available).

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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 work area. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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)



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