Jan:Strength and Hopefulness :

When Ultimate Gray meet Illuminating



As 2020 nears its tumultuous end, the Pantone Colour Institute has taken up its annual task

of forecasting the colour that will best reflect the year ahead. And, in a decision befitting a

complex time, the colour authority – which standardizes swatches for the design industry

– has revealed not one, but two hues for its Colour of Year:

the neutral Ultimate Gray and vibrant yellow Illuminating.


“It’s a combination that speaks to the resilience, the optimism and hope and positivity

that we need, as we reset, renew, reimagine and reinvent,” said Laurie

Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute, in a video call along with

executive director, Leatrice Eiseman.



According to Pantone’s press statement, Illuminating is associated with optimism

and vivacity, while Ultimate Gray encourages “feelings of composure, steadiness

and resilience.”



However, people interpret Pantone’s choices this year, Pressman and Eiseman emphasize

the strength of bringing two disparate colours together. “What we were trying to

demonstrate was how you have different elements that come together, and it’s that

coming together that expresses the strength and the hopefulness,” said Eiseman.


Do you find that the library signs are made of these two colours.   


Of course, the library is a place to keep pace with the times and move forward together.

Although you may not be able to return to school now, we still can learn more about the

library through the school website.