Colour of the Year

Amidst discussions of white-yellow blue-black dresses a subject came to mind: Who gets to decide what the colour of the year is?

Lee-72dpi-WPLeatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, is currently in charge of making that decision. The Pantone Color Institute functions within Pantone Inc., the corporation that owns the Pantone colour space. If the Pantone name sounds familiar it might be because you were messing around with the settings in Photoshop or because you watched through all the end credits of some older films.

This year’s colour of the year is Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) which is also the name for something you put on food.


UPDATE (2016): Breaking with tradition, this year, Pantone has announced two colours of the year: Rose Quartz & Serenity (Pantone 13-1520 & Pantone 15-3919)