Friday, May 9, 2008

Pantone GOE

The other day at work, we had a very interesting "webinar" (I hate that word) with the folks at Pantone to teach us all about their new product, Pantone Goe. While Adobe comes out with a new Creative Suite every year or so, Pantone has actually not changed their color system this drastically in 45 years. The Pantone Goe System is not expected to fully replace the Matching System any time soon, but I really wish everyone would make the switch immediately. Here's why: 2,058 NEW solid Pantone Colors (up from 1,114), with a much more intuitive naming and organizational system. The Goe system would mean more subtle color palettes for designers, with more CMYK achievable colors as well as more spot only hues. Here is a great article I found on the new system, if you want to read more about the pros and cons of the release.

Along with the release of Pantone Goe, new software has become available for free on the company's website. I downloaded this widget-like application this morning, which has useful features such as the one shown here, where you can quickly upload images, build color palattes, and then export them out to design software. I am going to need to play around with it more to learn all of its capabilities, but I could definitely see this coming in handy. ••••


Robert said...

a couple of things:
1) as a non-designer, when i first read it, i thought it said "pantene" [like the shampoo] and thought this was about hair dye
2) i LOVE the new packaging design - it's so boxy-chic
3) i was talking to a friend about this, and she made the astute comment "i wish i had the kind of job where this is useful." it's just such a cool thing, and it would be so fun if i could somehow work it into nautical software. thoughts?

Blythe said...

Ohhhh very nice post. I wish we did more printing with Pantones vs. 4/color all the time. But I am so excited about (eventually?) sharing color palettes online and with coworkers.

Sweet new banner, BTW : )