Color Inspiration

Pantone is the Universally recognized Color Authority.
Not just in the retail industry, but in product, interior, and fashion design, as well. They not only know color, they very nearly re-invent it!

Twice a year, Pantone Color Experts create new combinations of shades & hues to form seasonal collections - which are relased to the public a year in advance. Usually consisting of eight color palettes for fall/winter and spring/summer of each year, these collections form the backbone of new designs that will be released in the coming year. At, you can purchase several versions of the color forecasts - in books, paint fans, on discs, and via download.

You can catch a video of Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, (also an engaging speaker, creative muse, and very nice woman who lives here in my area!) premiering the new color collections for 2009 - 10. With evocative palette names like 'Wine Country', 'Solar Power', and 'Breathing Room', you can almost taste and feel them!

Pantone has expanded their website to include My Pantone , a section where members (free) can participate in community discussions and inspiration, find loads of resource information about using color, and be eligible for special Pantone products and discounts. They are truly leading the charge in assisting retailers, designer, ALL businesses, by providing more than just product.

I guess you could say that Pantone is painting the, orange, saffron.... just pick your color!
Image Credit: Pantone Color Institute,

1 comment:

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my take on retail visual design:

"The thing is, retail design is driven by psychology. It is by manipulating space, visuals, lighting, sound, smell, and mood that we influence customers to enter, stay, browse, buy, and return. It is an endless exercise in change, endurance, growth, education, and imagination that enables retailers to stay on top of their game and at the forefront of their customer's minds. Yes, what you sell IS important - but even the very best merchandise won't sell at full price if it's presented in torn boxes on dirty shelves in a store that is too crowded to turn around in. Visual impact is a huge part of business, and utilizing the principles that have been proven to work can help you build a better business." ~ DWK