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Everyone knows someone who just absolutely nitpicks about what is the specific color of a piece of clothing, a swatch of fabric or a given shade of color.  The world’s ultimate authority on what colors are what is a company called Pantone. Each year, Pantone also names a color of the year.  And, in case you missed the announcement, Pantone has named the hue which they call Marsala as its color of the year for 2015.


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At first look, Marsala could be described as a deep reddish brown. Pantone describes Marsala as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”  Technocrats will be happy to know that Marsala has the following RGB values: Red 150, Green 79, Blue 76. I’m sure after watching the above slide show, you can find the terms that personally describe how you feel about it.

As for Pantone, they position the company as “the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.” In other words, they clearly know the difference between sky blue, slate blue, royal blue, navy blue and reflex blue. They offer the Pantone Matching System which designers, illustrators, and graphic professionals use to get various color shades just right. As opposed to non-professionals who just giggle when they overhear a designer ask, “So, what’s the PMS for that?”

So there you have it, the 2015 color of the year is not Minion Yellow, but Marsala.  By the way … Just in case you’re wondering, Minion Yellow has the RGB values of Red 245, Green 220, Blue 80.

— The Editors

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