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2011: A Year in Color

Pop the champagne corks and ready your hangover cures – 2011 is nearly done. Here’s a speedy roundup of the 11 best color stories of 2011 you may’ve missed.


We’ll start the list on a future-leaning note: awesome calendars. Color-fans should rush to supply themselves with On This Day calendars. Reusable for every year, this handy wall calendar consists of heat-sensitive cubes, each marking a noteworthy event from that day in history. Scribble your own notes for the year on the cube’s side, then wash-and-reuse next year – or frame and mount a year in your exceedingly colorful life.



#2 is certainly a late-breaking one. Pantone announces its Color of the Year every November, priming us for winter’s darkest months with a bright shot of the color we’ll all soon be craving. This year it’s Tangerine Tango, my absolute favorite, a juicy retro shade that’s also warm and oddly intimate.


Speaking of Pantone, our next 3 color stories include the best in color-mad gifts. Here’s this year’s holiday gift roundup (#3). You’ll also want to shop color books every design-minded fan should own (#4), including COLOURLover’s marvelous book, Color Inspirations.



Moving on from technology to art, I’m still sorry I missed the Color in Commerce exhibit in Seattle (#8) took as its premise the chunky blocks of color stacked in the form of shipping containers in Seattle’s busy ports.


ColorsTIMOTHY-TELEPORTED-1314934560623 from Colors of Commerce exhibit, 2011

Imprint‘s 3-part series on synesthesia (#9) – the harmless cognitive quirk that results in “seeing” colors associated with certain letters, numbers, sounds or tastes – was another big hit. You’ll also get a hilarious, quick-hit education in the subject in poet Jennifer L. Knox’s video below:


Last but not least are 2 annual color traditions I’m looking forward to repeating: Print’s first Color Conference (#10) and HOW + Print’s Color in Design Awards (#11). You just missed the deadline to submit your best color projects for this year, but why not bookmark it and make submitting your first 2012 New Year’s Resolution?


Here’s to a smashing start to your 2012 – with much color to come!

Resources Recommended by Imprint

  1. Available now: Print Magazine’s Guest Art Director Digital Collection

  2. Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic give a live DesignCast on The Design of Dissent. Register now!

  3. Get an inside look at logo design from Chermayeff & Geismar

  4. Design TV: Improve your design skills with help from experts in the design industry.

  5. Meet the Founder of COLOURLovers.com and the author of Color Inspirations

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