Pantone announces the 2011 color of the year

Screen shot 2010-12-14 at 9.33.25 AMThis is the sort of job I wonder about sometimes.  How does one become the person who selects the color of the year?  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® must know — as her organization has declared Honeysuckle the 2011 color of the year.

Here's what Pantone had to say about the selection:

A Color for All Seasons.   Courageous. Confident. Vital.

A brave new color, for a brave new world.

Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor.

A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear.

Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.

Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.


Hmm.  Apparently I am more of a 2010 kind of guy.  I'll go with the turquoise, thank you. Pretty sure you will not see any honeysuckle shirts hanging in my closet.  But…and here's the actual marketing point:  it doesn't matter if I don't like it.

All too often, marketers allow their personal opinions color (pun intended) how they create marketing tools for clients.  All of us need to be very wary of allowing these sorts of decisions to be subjective.  There should be a reason why you choose a particular font, color, headline or visual.  

And the reason should not be "because I like it."  



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