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2018 … The Year of Ultra Purple! And Williams’ 225th Anniversary!


Can it be mere coincidence that Pantone* has introduced Ultra-Violet Pantone 18-3838 TCX as the color of the year for 2018? I think not!

Pantone describes the color as  “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade”.

* Pantone Inc. is an American corporation headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey. The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System, a proprietary color standard system used in a variety of industries, … Wikipedia

From De Zeen magazine :


Even more on the lineage and complexity of the color purple from the NYT:


What could have been on Winston Churchill’s mother’s mind …   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ **


** “beats me” courtesy of The New York Times.



Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 4.57.10 PMThe Ephblog masthead color does not match the printing specs as issued by the college. 267 C is the new color of the year (or close enough for jazz).



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#1 Comment By ZSD On December 10, 2017 @ 7:26 pm

An observation: The color purple in the Ephblog masthead has always seemed to have too much red in it. In a check of the pantone swatches, it seems very close to Pantone 2063, described by Sherman Williams in their paint catalogue as ‘magenta’.

‘Magenta’ is a deep purplish red primary subtractive color, complementary to green.

I don’t know what the printer spec is for Williams purple. I will find out (or not).

It is Pantone 267 C

#2 Comment By JCD On December 11, 2017 @ 2:39 am

You’ve spoiled the Ephblog banner for me. Now, every time I look at it, I think it should be ultra violet and not magenta. I hope it is easy to fix.

Meanwhile, for the curious, here’s the link to my Christmas poinsettia oil painting. I’m using it on our Christmas card this year.


#3 Comment By frank uible On December 11, 2017 @ 7:12 am

On a related subject – “the Cow” is executed incomparably.

#4 Comment By Dick Swart On December 11, 2017 @ 9:31 am

@JCD above ..

Very nice , JCD. The leaves wave. A lot of excitement in the brushwork.

#5 Comment By Dick Swart On January 4, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

If any reader is interested in fountain pens or other writing instruments, Goulet Pen recognizes that 2018 is “the year to be passionate about purple”.


I just bought a bottle of Diamine Imperial Purple.

If you don’t have a fountain pen, the Preppy is a good basic pen, It comes with a purple cartridge or can easily be converted to a full ink carrier with a touch of silicone grease.

Yes, I do collect … mostly Pelikan, Lamy, and East and West German pens of the mid XX century.

Also portable typewriters of that same mid XX century design period.

I back up the pens and typewriters with their advertising, merchandising, and packaging to give a sense of the moment in time.

#6 Comment By PTC On January 4, 2018 @ 1:02 pm

I like it Dick!