Perfect Food Combinations Reinvented As Pantone Chips

Most people use Instagram for selfies and architecture porn, but David Schwen isn’t most people. The Minneapolis-based art director, illustrator, and graphic designer has been using the app over the past two weeks to share a series of images that feature classic food combinations juxtaposed as Pantone paint chips. Dubbing the project #PantonePairings, Schwen creates a tongue-in-cheek version of the company’s classic color samples. The images, which we discovered via Designboom, are from an upcoming print series, which we imagine would make a great addition to any well-designed kitchen wall. From peanut butter and jelly to ketchup and mustard, click through for the best of Schwen’s food art series, and visit his website too see more of his work. … Read More

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‘Panto’N’Roll': Rock’s Most Colorful Songs Illustrated With Pantone Swatches

“You know you enthrall me and yet you don’t call me / It’s making me blue, Pantone 292,” sing The Magnetic Fields on “Reno Dakota.” Of course, the relationship between music and Pantone’s increasingly fetishized pigments isn’t usually that literal. But Paris-based creative studio Chic & Artistic has united the two worlds once again, in a series called Panto’N’Roll, which uses Pantone swatches to represent classic songs like “Purple Rain” and “Yellow Submarine.” Click through to see the designs, which we discovered via It’s Nice That, and visit Chic & Artistic‘s website to learn more about their work. … Read More

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An Emerald Green Pantone Color-of-the-Year Gift Guide

In case you were wondering, next year’s color of the year is emerald green. World-renowned color corporation, Pantone, has just officially declared that the inspiring hue representing harmony, hope and growth will be next year’s tint trend to follow. Only time will tell just how significant the color will actually be in 2013, but if you’d rather err on the side of cultural caution and throw in a touch of the famous shade just to show you know what’s up, then this color-themed gift guide is our early end-of-year present to you. From chic modern day essentials like the obligatory re-usable shopping bag and anything but natural nail polish to amazing green perfume, click through to check out our green gift guide anticipating on-trend additions to up your accessory ante. … Read More

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Where Do You Fall on the Pantone Skin Color Spectrum?

Cosmetics companies spend millions of advertising dollars trying to convince consumers that they hold the secret to the perfect color match. Brazilian artist and photographer Angelica Dass’ fascinating HUMANAE project, which we spotted on designboom, takes that concept to whole new level. Using Pantone’s categorical system of coloring, Dass extracts and labels her subjects’ exact shades after taking an 11×11 pixel sample from their faces. Her aim is to catalog, through a scientific process, all possible human skin tones. Check out a selection of Dass’ incredible Pantone color matches after the jump, and then head over to her website to see even more from the project.   … Read More

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Minimalist Posters Documenting Life’s Color Changes

As we’ve previously admitted, we’re just a tad bit color-obsessed here at Flavorpill. If you also happen to be the kind of hue-minded person who geeks out over Pantone color swatches and can passionately debate the difference between eggshell and ecru, then you’ll want to check out Shades of Change, a new graphic design project from New Orleans-based artist Marin Dearie. The eye-catching, minimal series is intended to highlight “the various stages of color changes that occur in nature, popular culture, and elsewhere.” From Lil’ Kim’s ever-evolving hair to the full color spectrum of a Tootsie Pop, click through to check out Dearie’s fascinating work. … Read More

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Pantone's New Color of the Year Is 'Tangerine Tango'

We feel the same way about Pantone’s yearly predictions for the next big trend in color as we do about augury by the likes of John Edward or Punxsutawney Phil — while we don’t necessarily buy into it, we find it incredibly entertaining to follow. That’s probably because we’re not part of the design community. For them, these annual color pronouncements — such as the current year’s “Honeysuckle” or 2010’s “Turquoise” — are serious, game-changing stuff. Just go into a West Elm or a CB2 store in a few month’s time and you’ll see what we mean.

So now, that you’ve got a little context, you’re ready to hear that Tangerine Tango — a much fancier way of saying the hue of a Red Orange crayon — will supposedly be the color of the coming year. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy,” explains Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman. Need some help getting excited about this rather daring choice? We’ve rounded up some visual references after the jump. … Read More

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10 Awesome Books to Give Your Nonreading Friends

For an avid reader, the holidays can sometimes be a little confusing. What to do when faced with gifting a friend or family member who say, doesn’t read quite as much as you do? You’d like to give them a book, but you want to make sure you pick one that they’re sure to at least crack open — not like last year, when you lovingly handed over a shiny new copy of Infinite Jest to a totally blank look. Never fear, literature geeks, we have a fool-proof list of book-shaped objects that everyone on your non-literary list will love. Click through to check out or list of amazing books to give to the nonreaders in your life (who yes, are still worthy of love), and let us know which other books you’d gift in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we fell in love with these minimalist avatars of some of fictional history’s greatest good-natured robots. We read a series of emails detailing Julian Assange’s stalkery courtship of a teenager in his pre-Wikileaks days. We felt less threatened about our future job security thanks to the news… Read More

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Turquoise, Schmurqouise: Pantone’s New Color of the Year

Pantone, the paramount color matching service for the design community, delights and terrorizes the hue-minded each December when the company selects its prediction for the next year’s big trend in color. Last year, we were liberated by a marigold shade called “Mimosa,” while in 2010 we’ll apparently be oppressed by ’80s throwback turquoise — PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise to be exact, an “inviting, luminous hue combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green.” What’s that sound you hear? Must be the thousands of designers vomiting on their Common Projects sneakers. Some visual references in the key of turquoise, after the jump.… Read More

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Crazy Collaborations: SeaVees + Pantone Join Forces to Target Graphic Designers

SeaVees, a California-based footwear line founded by an ex-Stride Rite designer (you remember, those Velcro shoes you wore as a kid), has won a place in hipster hearts with simple models that look a lot like Vans but reference iconic dates in California history.

Now they’re going after the design crowd with an… Read More

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