Saturday, December 06, 2008

I Hate Yellow

I hate yellow. I hate any signs of spring. Don't you know I'm only happy when I'm depressed? Don't you know that I'm only happy when I'm wearing black? That I'm only happy at night. Yes, I'm a creature of the night.

--Karen Finley, Shock Treatment [text arrangement adapted from Dawn's]

Feeling Blue? Yellow is the New Black

NEW YORK (AP) _ Enough gloom and doom: There's a prediction from a leading color source that cheerful and sunny yellow will be the influential color of 2009.

Pantone, which provides color standards to design industries, specifically cites "mimosa," a vibrant shade of yellow illustrated by the flowers of some mimosa trees as well as the brunch-favorite cocktail, as its top shade of the new year. In general, Pantone expects the public to embrace many tones of optimistic yellow.

"I think it's just the most wonderful symbolic color of the future," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "It's invariably connected to warmth, sunshine and cheer — all the good things we're in dire need of right now."

So it's come to this: Orwellian color therapy to fix the financial crisis and calm the unsettled consumer masses...

Pantone Selects Color of the Year for 2009: PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa

December 03, 2008 06:15 AM Eastern Time

Mimosa Embodies Hopefulness and Reassurance in a Climate of Change

CARLSTADT, N.J.--Pantone, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 14-0848 Mimosa, a warm, engaging yellow, as the color of the year for 2009. In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, optimism is paramount and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow.

“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

Best illustrated by the abundant flowers of the Mimosa tree and the sparkle of the brilliantly hued cocktail, the 2009 color of the year represents the hopeful and radiant characteristics associated with the color yellow. Mimosa is a versatile shade that coordinates with any other color, has appeal for men and women, and translates to both fashion and interiors. Look for women’s accessories, home furnishings, active sportswear and men’s ties and shirts in this vibrant hue.

I see you coming into my neighborhood with your new teeth, and your solid pastel lime green puke green pale pink apricot shirt that goes together with everything, catching sales as you go, with the
as your mascot.

--Karen Finley, Shock Treatment [text arrangement adapted from Dawn's]

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