Color

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Basic Color Terms Defined

Like any discipline, color has a language. To work with color confidently, it is helpful to learn that language. Thankfully, it’s not complicated. Knowing a handful of basic color terms is all you need to understand what people are saying about color. A firm understanding of these terms will help in both working with color and communicating about color with other people, such as designers and printers. First, there are two ways to create color. Additive Color MixingAdditive color mixing refers...

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Spring 2022 Runway Color Trends

Every year, spring marks a time of awakening. Flowers bloom, birds sing, trees grow leaves. Humans and animals emerge from the dark days of winter. It’s a season of rebirth, renewal, and hope. As we pored through photos from the Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear collections, there was a noticeable feeling of hope and optimism. Two years after the beginning of the COVID pandemic, people are feeling a sense of (sometimes cautious) optimism. People are starting to travel again, go to theaters,...

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Learn About Color with 5 Fun Exercises

Color surrounds us, inspires us, and influences us. You can read about color science and color theory all day long, but the best way to work better with color is to play with it. The more you learn about color through experiencing it, the more you'll train your eyes and use it better in your work. With a better understanding of how colors interact with each other, you can effectively use color to influence a mood or a setting....

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2022 Colors of the Year

It's that time of year when we gather everyone's pick for 2022 Colors of the Year in one place. Not only is it inspiring to see the beautiful colors companies have chosen to represent the upcoming year, but it's even more interesting to hear why they chose what they did. What happened in the year we just lived through that informed their selection? What are they seeing on the horizon that helped them choose this particular color this year?...

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Design Pool’s Pick for Color of the Year 2022

Every December, we look forward to doing a round-up of the color of the year picks from popular paint companies and, of course, Pantone. But before we look at what everyone else is picking, we like to pick our own. Last year, we chose an energetic yellow to bring light and optimism into 2021. Our color of the year 2022 pick is also inspired by optimism and positivity. Unlike the cheeriness of our 2021 pick, we're looking at 2022...

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Ryan Stanley Talks Color Software

This past year Kristen and Ryan Stanley, Senior Director of Color at PVH Corp, have participated in a series of panel discussions hosted by Shoshana Burgett of ColorKarma. These discussions centered around color, with Kristen speaking from a design perspective and Ryan from a science perspective. As a designer, Kristen works with color daily and was fascinated to learn more from Ryan about how he works with color. In particular, how does a company the size of PVH Corp...

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Kristen’s Top Five Favorite Color Tools

Communicating color can be a difficult task. How we perceive color varies from person to person. Yet, when you're designing a pattern to be printed, you need to find a way to remove those variables. A designer and printer need to communicate color so that what is printed is correct. Therefore, both parties need to be very clear about color. Thankfully, there are many methods and color tools on the market to take the guesswork out of communicating color....

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2021 Fall Color Trends From Fashion Collections

Our March Trend Letter was all about trends we spotted while poring through the look books from the 2021 Ready-To-Wear shows. As designers created yet another collection in various stages of pandemic lockdown, collections were quite different from each other. However, an overarching theme did emerge: texture. Huge knits, pleats, leather, satin, faux fur. These all mixed and layered and were often embellished with sequins and shimmer. It seems that a year spent connecting through screens has designers yearning...

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Naming Colors of Your Products Just Got Easier

White. Bone. Snow. Ecru, Linen, Cream. If you've ever shopped for new paint or fabric, you've seen a lot of different names for colors. Is there really a difference between these colors? Maybe, maybe not so much. Sometimes, there is a definite difference. Most people would pick which color is white and which is cream if given two options. However, sometimes there really isn't much of a difference. In reality, there are some days a designer is in her...

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2021 Colors of the Year Round Up

Each year we like to round up all the paint companies' colors of the year. It always gives insight into where we were in the year that's closing out and where we're heading. When it comes to picking a Color of the Year for 2021, the colors differ from company to company. Yet, their picks for 2021 all had something in common: comfort. For many, 2020 meant a lot of time at home and a lot of uncertainty. As a result, paint...

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