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Pantone: Why we care about the Color of the Year

Each year, the print and digital media industry patiently awaits the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year. Pantone is responsible for the Pantone Matching System (PMS), which provides a universal system for identifying colors across the life of projects from design to manufacturing to the consumer.

“More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization” – Pantone.com

The PMS was developed in 1963 and has remained a staple system for the print and digital industry. With 55 years of experience with color matching, it’s safe to say Pantone is the leader of color trends.

Each year, they announce the Color of the Year. This predictably becomes the most influential color throughout the year it is announced.

As soon as the color is announced, it becomes the trendiest color. You’ll see it as paint on walls, clothing, graphics, print materials, and everything else imaginable.


Before Pantone announces the newest Color of the Year in December, let’s take a moment to appreciate the past few years of color trends…


Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - O'Neil Printing

2017 Pantone Color of the Year - O'Neil Printing

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 - O'Neil Printing

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 - O'Neil Printing

As a graphic designer, I have been using O’Neil’s print services for many years and keep coming back because of quality and consistency. Customer service is excellent and I always get quick responses to all my questions.

Becky Ankeny Design

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I’ve been dealing with printers for a long time. Very rarely do they come close to the consistent level of care that we encounter every time working with O’Neil.”

Mike Fretto, Tuft & Needle

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O’Neil is unmatched when it comes to customer service and quality.

Greg Forney, Langham Partnership

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We’ve been very pleased with all of our projects at O’Neil. The staff is always professional, extremely courteous and personable, and shows a true interest in providing high quality printing.

Carrisa Kienzle, Global Training Network

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From simple flyers to our flagship magazine, the work has always been accurate, timely and of top quality – but the real difference for me has been the service O’Neil provides.

Ryan Westerman, Westerman Consulting

I’ve always been impressed with O’Neil’s professionalism and communication. From high-end brochures to time-sensitive, variable direct mail, they’ve always come through for me.

Perry Wilson, Fabcom Integrated Strategic Marketing

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Everyone at O’Neil is invested in creating a final product we can all be proud of. We highly recommend them.

Don Newlen, Fervor Creative

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We don’t consider O’Neil just vendors. We view them as an extension of our shop.

Fred Cisneros, Owner/Creative Director, Cisneros Design, Inc.

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I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the service I got working with O’Neil. They were completely transparent and helpful throughout the entire printing process, and explained any nuances or questions that came up.

Adrian Mendez, Designer

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We needed a printer who could assure a high-quality product and provide solutions to our questions when we wanted to try new printing methods. O’Neil does just that and more. They have become a trusted partner in our business.

Brian MacDonald, Wonderkind Studios

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