Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Who was the first to catalog color? Hint: it wasn’t designers!

Posted 23 Sep 2017 / 0
2017-09-23bPantone color book image courtesy of Carlos Paes via Wikimedia Commons

Allison Meier has a very illuminating short piece on where the Pantone color system came from:

HyperallergicThe Bird-Based Color System that Eventually Became Pantone

What I find interesting about this history is the convergent need of people in vastly different areas of science and industry to have a clear and reproducible color system. We now take for granted that there is a Pantone book that allows us to use a common vocabulary when identifying colors. But this system had to be invented — including a system for reproducing color — before we could really study color in natural and human-created environments.

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