Thursday, February 12, 2009

Very Preliminary Findings on Commercial Colour

Pantone: de facto industry standard for colour matching
  • Does print, textile, plastics, paint, has own line of consumer goods in Pantone colours
  • Loads of things are specified in Pantone colours: Canadian flag red, colours of plants in patent applications, sciencey things, spot colour in offset printing
  • Sells chip books that help designers determine what colours will look like when printed, as well as providing ink mixing instructions to printers. The chip books need to be replaced every year to prevent fading. They also happen to be ridiculously expensive.
  • Has its colour specification built into the Adobe Creative Suite
Not Pantone

Paint manufacturers tend to have their own colour systems.

Canadian Government Standards Board has specifications for paint. I just need to get my hands on a copy of the document.

Individual manufacturers of markers have their own systems (for example, Letraset, which bases its colour system on HSL)



Blogger nitrofurano said...

Questions: how to lobby paint manufacturers and offset printers on using an Open Colour Standard? and which 'primary' colours can be considered as base for their mixes and calibrations? I think it's also needed some kind of association able to guarantee and control the colour quality of Open Colour Standard?

May 11, 2009 2:26 PM  

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