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The color stories you missed

From the release of Kindle Fire to a vibrant ad exhibit in Seattle, 2011 was filled with great news for designers


Jude Stewart
January 4, 2012 6:00AM (UTC)
This article originally appeared on Imprint.

Now that 2011 is over, here’s a speedy roundup of the 11 best color stories of the year you may’ve missed.

2011 by zigazou76 on Flickr

ImprintWe’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.

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#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.

Orange thrift by karolines retro on Flickr

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."


2011 saw the dubiously successful launch of Kindle Fire, Amazon’s color tablet (#5). It also marked the full entrenchment of Google Image Search by color (below, #6), and the relatively quick crash-and-burn of the Color mobile-video-sharing app (#7). However, a substantially revised version of the app is now out and garnering praise from many corners. Download the new Color app now.

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Moving on from technology to art, I’m still sorry I missed the Color in Commerce exhibit in Seattle (#8), which 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

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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?

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Happy New Year! by Jimmy Benson on Flickr

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

Copyright F+W Media Inc. 2011.

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