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Pantone was and is a rock-solid standardised means of
referring to colours with enough finesse to perform the
arduous duties of graphic design worldwide over the past
several decades. Indubitably, graphic design has got us to
where we are now, our pinnacle of civilised and refined
and happy life. Graphic design is the tool
enabling some of us to tell the rest of us were valid.
The trouble with Pantone is that there are some people
around that dont work in graphic design (or dont work
graphic design any more) (or dont work any more) and
either unaware of which number is which shade of which
colour, or have lost touch with all this stupid
fanaticism and really cant be bothered remembering
numbers as if theyre somehow important or something.
I propose that a new (open) colour standard be formed
the new days of luck and joy ahead. A calendar can be
released, where each day is a certain colour. Therell
be 366 colours in the palette. The palette should sit
the sRGB gamut. Each day is a colour, in a meaningful
inspiring progression ensuring that as the year gets
and brighter and warmer, the colours are pleasant and
leafy, chilling, breezy, cooling and refreshing. As the
depression of winter returns to its seat beside the fire,
colours are warming, strengthening, reinforcing,
heartening, inspiring and giving hope.
Now, I know what youre thinking the calendars days
are numbered. But this could also become an extension
the iCal and various electronic calendar standards too, so
that they display the day in the appropriate colour too.
it might also see an adoption of paper calendars and
diaries with the
colour standard too. Id like one in my filofax diary.
The advantage would be that you could relate colours
reasonably precisely from anyone anywhere in the world
anyone else anywhere else in the world very easily, by
referring to which day of the year relates to the colour
mean. Each colour is named after a date.
||But but but but...my 24 bit computer monitor has the ability to portray 16,777,216 discrete colors (256 red x 256 green x 256 blue), and it would be a true shame to see all those lovely shades go to waste.
||How about if we go with your idea to name all the colors after a date...but extend the dates into years. It would only take 45,965 years (or so) to have a proper name for all the colors your computer screen can currently offer. So Pantone 337C might henceforth be known as 17th of June, 2356 BC.
||You could have done without the last sentence,
||Please don't call me "Shirley".
||<sings>"This is the dawning of the age of Aquamarine..."</sings>
||daseva, - you need the last sentence. How would
you know youve got to the end, otherwise. Also,
as an ex magazine writer and reviewer long ago, I
know that people just read the headline and then
the conclusion and then if theyre interested,
maybe the article itself.
||jurist, - but that would prevent the
interoperability that this offers. Here, youd
simply phone someone in China or America or
Germany or Tasmania and say no, not that sort of
yellow, its got to be well, get your diary and
look at the 8th of July thats the sort of yellow
we mean. and that would work no matter which
year my or their diary or calendar happens to be.
Obviously there are far more colours than the
palette we use, and obviously most people have
the hardware to display those colours, even
electronically, but the palette is a useful
selection, not an attempt to represent every
single possible colour. Just like Pantone currently
is. Its just a way of specifying colours in an
accurate enough manner. A few hundred is
perfectly adequate for that job.
||My product design tutor when I was at art college
often mentioned the time when a colleague of his
was specifying a colour of something they were
designing to an overseas person on the phone,
neither were in their studio at the time, and the
best they could do was to get a tube of Smarties
and match the corresponding colour on that
(because it actually was almost exactly the colour
of that Smartie), and it worked.
||People would complain about certain days having an offensive or inappropriate colour ... [+]
||They do anyway. This would enable agreement.
||255, 255, 255 and 0,0,0 alternating on February 29th.
||0,0,0 would be October 29, 1929.
||Would it not make more sense to define (preferably with a
standard housed in a glass cabinet in France) the values of
the "-ish" and the "-y"? When used with the accepted
primary colour names, these would give you a precise
vocabulary for the quantificication of all known hues.
||Good point. You could then describe it as thursday-
||It works, but not for the entire gamut. I can see that summer could either be greenish, brownish or yellowish, and what about pink or purple? I think the best thing would be to have three dimensional time and calendars instead.
||Somehow, the first Monday on the chart needs to be normalized to black.
||Excellent idea.[+] In a leap year you get to use a special extra colour, decided upon by an international committee.
||Lester stared at the page on his wall calendar. Somehow, this wretched shade of bilious green, this May 8th, always made him feel a little nauseous.
||Sure, while he was at home he could hang a dishtowel over the offending eyesore, but all day long and at work he'd have to face it everywhere he turned. There just weren't enough dishtowels in the world. How he longed for more than just 366 colours!
||"Why, oh why," he moaned softly, "couldn't they have had the foresight to allow each day's colour to evolve through its passing?"
||It's simple, really. This new calendar's meaningful and inspiring progression of colours is an inspiration in itself. Days are already conveniently divided into 24 equal parts, called "hours" and Nature provides a handy light source which varies in its intensity as the day progresses. This variation presents subtle changes in how we view the colour of the day, so why not print the day's colour in hues which vary subtly by the hour? That would give us 8784 colours to work with instead of just 366.
||Imagine the feelings of expectation and joy to be had with the arrival of each new hour, as it brings with it a subtle shift in hue. Colour has long been known to affect a person's behaviour, so the progression of the change could be tailored to yield the desired result. Make the colour bolder to encourage people to work harder, or soften the hue to help them relax near the end of their day. This is what might be achieved if each colour is named after an hour of each day.
||Best of all, each May 8, Lester would only have to suffer for one hour dealing with that wretched, nauseating, bilious green.