Just kidding… Introducing Pantone Color of the Year 2018—Ultra Violet! Bravely bold and oh so modern, this shade of purple not only reflects stature, but also quality printing.

“Purple has the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calming properties. It is traditionally associated with royalty, majesty, and nobility as well as having a spiritual or mysterious quality. Darker shades often represent luxury or opulence.” – Canva

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Rich & Modern

Artisan Colour chose purple as its main brand color because purple is one of those colors that is very difficult to match and print accurately. This nuisance only adds to the majesty and prestige that the color has portrayed for centuries. Purple, especially this shade of Ultra Violet, speaks to quality and consistency while also boasting an imaginative and artistic flair.

"We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come. - Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color InstitutePurple once meant royalty. The dye was so expensive that only hierarchy could afford it. Rulers in Rome, Egypt, and Persia used it to convey their affluence and power. And because many rulers were seen as gods, the color also became associated with spirituality. Purple’s reputation carried over to the Elizabethan era, when Sumptuary Laws dictated what fabrics and colors could be worn by different classes. Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone but close family to wear purple. When a chemist invented a cheaper dye, the color became more accessible.

Jump ahead a few hundred years and purple became hip again, especially in the ’70s and ’80s. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Prince, and other pop culture icons drove it forward – perhaps part of why it is associated with creativity and inventiveness.

Despite its long history, Ultra Violet is now decidedly contemporary. The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 is perfect as a primary color in a decor scheme or as a sophisticated accent. Purple in a bedroom is sensual and romantic, especially deep shades on the walls or in wallpaper. A purple accent wall or artwork can be inspirational in an office. Anyone can use purple accents – pillows, vases, flowers, frames—to spruce up and refresh their decor. Ultra Violet has the potential to span styles, genders, and generations.

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The Pantone color system is the gold standard of color matching. From artists to manufacturers—Pantone helps select, communicate, and approve color in designs—whether that’s a marquee sign or a t-shirt design. The Pantone color system is essentially a universal color language divided into two categories: “print / packaging” and “product design”. Colors do not look the same on different materials, so these two systems take the differences into account. Each color is numbered and coded, telling the designer what medium the color is for. This coding is essential for keeping brand colors consistent across multiple designers, mediums, printers, supplies, and production runs.

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

– Pantone Comments About Pantone Color of the Year 2018, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet

As a modern colour + print company who loves purple and embraces the future of design and printing, we could not agree more! Send us your Ultra Violet designs – We purple pinkie promise that our printing will be bold and beautiful. How will you use Ultra Violet in 2018?

Let us know what we can print for you. Visit our Printing & Graphics section to learn more about the graphics and printing services we offer. Or if you’re local, stop by for a tour of our Scottsdale print shop (please call or email us to set up a time for your personal print shop tour in advance, thanks)!

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