Get Ready for Spring with These ASE Swatches
Here in the great American Northwest, I’m still trying to get ready for Autumn, 2008, but apparently other folks are looking ahead. If you’re trying to prepare documents for Spring, 2009, you’ll be happy to note that Pantone has already announced the official colors of that season, including Super Lemon and Dark Citron (named, we think, after Scott Citron‘s mood).
Even better, our colleague P. S. Burke has provided these spot colors in EPS, AI, and (best of all) ASE — Adobe Swatch Exchange — files that you can easily import into InDesign. You can find his article and those files here.
In the meantime, I’d also like to ask why Pantone gets to pick these colors? Just because they’re experts doesn’t mean they should get to have all the fun. So in the spirit of the season, I hearby proclaim the official color of Summer, 2014, to be: Uncomfortable Green, which I spec in CMYK as 25/20/80/25. This specious and paralactic color just makes me uncomfortable. And the official tone of Winter, 2009, is D#. Stay tuned for more pronouncements as they come in.