Alright, I know that some of you might disagree with me here, but I think that the Pantone Matching System is absolutely genius. I’m fully aware that having preselected colors can seem a little stiff or uninspiring to some, but I still stand by my point. Not convinced? Then I urge you to take a look at the wonderful new book PANTONE: THE 20TH CENTURY IN COLOR by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker.
The book showcases over two hundred images of iconic art, products, decor, and fashion that represent color trends of the twentieth century. What makes the book so interesting is that the images are juxtaposed with their corresponding Pantone palettes, so that readers may draw inspiration for their own color combinations. Considering how Pantone charts typically retail between one and two hundred dollars, this beautiful book is a great way to get introduced to the world color design without dishing out the big bucks.