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Pantone Color of the Year

The Pantone Color of the Year challenge winner is here!

1,112 designs /
printed design / 15,755 votes placed

Baboon butt color

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The challenge was

Set the tone for the year. (Literally.)

Be bold, brave, and expressive.

For more than two decades, the Pantone Color Institute has presented its Color of the Year as a way to set the tone for the next 12 months ahead of us. They picked Viva Magenta for 2023, which they describe as a “brave and fearless” color “whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration.” For your next challenge, we want you to incorporate this powerful hue into a new work of art.

Rather than simply adding it to your normal color palette, first think of what Viva Magenta represents and the feelings it can convey. It’s expressive, it’s audacious, and it can symbolize strength. Maybe you’ll incorporate it in a design that delivers a powerful message we can all rally around. Or maybe you’ll use it to express your individuality or intense passion for an issue. If you’d prefer to take a different approach, you can always look to Mother Nature for inspiration (flowers, bugs, sunsets, hummingbirds, etcetera).

Channel Viva Magenta’s electrifying energy with your next challenge.

And if you need some color inspo, here's a sample palette of some complimentary and analogous colors from which you could build a palette!


Featured designs:
DOVES AND FLOWERS by nicsquirrell


HOLIDAYS by maximefrancout

MAGIC BRIDGE by braxxaz

Challenge Details

  • First Place (1): $1,250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Second Place (1): $500 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Third Place (1): $250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Plus, all designs (including the first place winner) can earn up to $20 per unit on products of your design sold on Threadless.com, your Artist Shop, and other retail opportunities! Read more...

Designs from this challenge