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“Timeless and enduring” 2020’s color is Classic Blue

[Translation: Here’s the swatch. Here’s the bullshit. Here’s the bullshit again in video for those graphic designers and others who cannot read anything longer than a Stop sign. And  now here’s the bullshit where we spell out the bullshit…]

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 Introduction A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

A “new era?” Well… maybe. On the other hand, it may just be hot as a blue flame or, same as it ever was, just entangling…

All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenters’ wives
Don’t know how it all got started
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view
Tangled up in blue

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  • BillH December 9, 2019, 12:56 PM

    That stunning new color was the stock Win98 desktop background, if I remember right. Then W2k came along with a washed out version, which I continued to use on XP and Win7, and now on Win10.

  • ghostsniper December 9, 2019, 1:08 PM

    Classic Blue is MY color, always has been.
    Tangled up in blue is about the only Dylan song I like.
    All the others sound like jumbled up mumbling.

  • ghostsniper December 9, 2019, 1:10 PM

    BTW, what happened to Cold Fury?

  • ghostsniper December 9, 2019, 1:12 PM

    Lastly, “The Distance” link down below hasn’t worked since it was posted.

  • Casey Klahn December 9, 2019, 1:59 PM

    It’s almost a Royal Blue. RGB code: 31, 62, 129.

    The Modernists asserted that referencing objects or even emotional feelings to specific colors was over; no narratives allowed.

    Henri Matisse said that “A certain blue enters your soul. A new era is coming.” His blue, however, had more red in it.

    I once mixed a blue that I haven’t got a reference for elsewhere. No biggie – just French Ultramarine with some small amount of green in it. More lively than French Blue, and more intriguing, I feel.

    Here’s the important thing about blue: it is the most intense of the hues. Cop cars use blue. Your stove flame turns blue when it’s hot.

    Yes, the yearly color thing is bullshit of the highest order. My compliments, Gerard.

  • Casey Klahn December 9, 2019, 2:30 PM

    Damn, I had a nice comment lost to mod. I’ll wait to see if it appears, then rewrite it otherwise. [WORKING FOR MY COMMENTERS AT ALL HOURS AND UNDER TERRIBLE CONDITIONS!]

  • jwm December 9, 2019, 2:36 PM

    I dunno, man. I looked at that blue and it encouraged me to look beyond the obvious and expand my thinking. Then again, it might have been the Sour D. Hard to tell.


  • Bunny December 9, 2019, 3:17 PM

    I don’t know about any new eras, but the anger and cynicism of the current one is expressed by Bile Green.

  • Casey Klahn December 9, 2019, 3:45 PM

    Quoth Bunny: “A certain bilious green enters one’s throat. A new era has arrived.”

  • Nunnya Bidnez, jr December 9, 2019, 5:50 PM

    No relaxation, no conversation, no variation
    In a very dark blue, blue condition.

    Ginger, Jack and Eric

  • jwm December 9, 2019, 6:39 PM

    …and Tangled Up in Blue. OUCH.
    It’s one of my favorite Dylan songs, but it’s badly tainted by an indelible nostalgia link to my horrible first wife. It’s like seeing one of your favorite dishes slopped into the dog’s bowl.


  • Marica December 10, 2019, 3:54 AM

    BillH: “That stunning new color was the stock Win98 desktop background, if I remember right.”

    Sustainability. 20+ years, man. Way to carry on, Classic Blue.

  • HH December 10, 2019, 5:32 AM

    For more excellent copy-writing, visit the Pantone website and read the descriptions for all of their Year(s) of the Color. If you detested the Mauve Pink and Dusty Blue of the mid-80s, you can probably blame it on Pantone.

    P.S. “Blue” probably has more qualifiers than any other color.

  • Missy December 10, 2019, 6:21 AM
  • Bunny December 10, 2019, 7:54 AM

    For blue and the season~
    The Blessed Virgin Compared To The Air We Breathe by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    “…Again, look overhead
    How air is azurèd;
    O how! nay do but stand
    Where you can lift your hand
    Skywards: rich, rich it laps
    Round the four fingergaps.
    Yet such a sapphire-shot,
    Charged, steepèd sky will not
    Stain light. Yea, mark you this:
    It does no prejudice.
    The glass-blue days are those
    When every colour glows,
    Each shape and shadow shows.
    Blue be it: this blue heaven
    The seven or seven times seven
    Hued sunbeam will transmit
    Perfect, not alter it…”


  • Aggie December 10, 2019, 8:01 AM

    You know what tangles me up? Why is blue the color of the Democratic Party, and red the conservative color? How did all that get set as the norm? If anything, the color red’s connection with Socialism, the Communist Party, and all other things that have to do with trade unions and progressivism should make it a natural aligned choice with Democratic platforms. In a similar way, blue for conservatism. I vote we switch. I wonder what effect it would have on the voting results.

  • CSW December 11, 2019, 3:48 AM

    For much of Earth’s history, many cultures lacked words for blue. The sky is thought to be blue, however it could also be described as “clear” or at times, “red.” Old texts refer to the seas as”wine dark.” Blue is often the last color name to enter a language.

    OUR culture finally has a name for that hue. Up there, that ain’t just blue. It is not wine dark, sky, parrish blue or sky, that is a political shove called HILLARY BLUE

  • HH December 12, 2019, 5:18 AM

    @Aggie—who asked how we ended up with blue symbolizing the Democrats and red for Republicans. I hoped someone else would provide the answer, but since no one has I will try (and try to be brief).

    The Presidential election of 1960 was the first year that the three television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) would broadcast the election returns in color. The networks agreed to use the color blue to signify an incumbent candidate’s party, and red for the challenging party. Nixon was given blue, since Republicans were the incumbent party, which made Kennedy and the Democrats “red.” With a few exceptions, this was the candidates color system used for all following presidential elections. Red for challenger, Blue for incumbent.

    Thus when George W. Bush (the challenger represented by red) ran against Al Gore (the incumbent represented in blue) it was just the normal historic usage. But when the election went sideways with Gore contesting the election, the television networks went wild over the Red and the Blue. It was the nasty evil Red States of George Bush trying to cheat the Noble Albert Gore of the Blue States. The networks and the print media their lead and they used it for every word they spoke or wrote afterwards. They served up Red State and Blue State divide, because it made such good copy, and I guess it will never change. They tried to smear Republicans by calling them Reds and they haven’t let up since 2000.

    I welcome any clarifications or corrections. HH

  • Linda S Fox December 12, 2019, 6:47 AM

    I say RED – which, I hope all reading this will wear this Friday: