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Two Are Better Than One

December 4, 2015

Every December, the color experts at Pantone announce their choice for the color of the year. This time, they surprised us by declaring not one, but two shades, as the colors of the year for 2o16.


Serenity, an icy blue, and Rose Quartz, a soft classic pink, are intended to evoke a sense of gender equality and fluidity, reflecting in fashion, what is happening in society.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

Pantone has commissioned street artists in Los Angeles, Miami and New York City to create murals overnight to depict the two shades.




Man One, Venice Beach, California

photos via Pantone and Quartz. Man One photo: Reggie Reagor

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Food Additive Blues

January 18, 2013


Food additives are giving us the blues, and it could pose major health risks.

A recent study of blue dyes revealed that the chemicals in them are potentially harmful.

Patent Blue has been banned from foodstuffs in the United States, but Brilliant Blue is popularly used in both food products and cosmetics.

Brilliant Blue is also known as FD&C #1, and is thought to seep into the bloodstream either by ingestion, or through the skin, and cause gastrointestinal issues. There are also concerns that it could cause ADHD, asthma and allergic reactions.

The exposure is higher when the skin is vulnerable due to irritation from shaving, or when placed directly on the tongue.
To protect yourself from the dangers of dyes, steer clear of blue colored candies, especially lollipops and other “sucking candies” that sit on the mucus membranes in the mouth. Also avoid cleansers, toners, mouthwash and makeup that contain blue dyes.

photo:Glasshouse Images

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