Pantone Just Released Its First New Color in 3 Years
We always get super excited about the 100s of ways we can incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year into every aspect of our lives. While we usually anticipate the big announcement toward the end of the year, the color system company recently threw us a curveball by sharing some major news today: its first brand-new color in three years. Yep, it’s time to step outside that Marsala closet palette with the debut of Minion Yellow.
Named for the kooky stars of this summer’s Minions movie, the new color is described by Pantone as an “illuminating, energetic, friendly and fun-loving yellow shade that immediately calls out to you.” Oh yeah, it’s totally calling out to us — we’re already scheming how to factor in a sunny pop of color into our Pantone-approved spring looks. If you’re as into this vibrant shade of yellow as we are, you have Pharrell Williams to thank. He apparently helped lay the groundwork for creating a color based on the Despicable Me breakout stars as a way for people to add more energizing colors into their lives. We see you giving “Happy” a new life P, and we thank you for it <3
To create the new color, Pantone and the animation team at Illumination Entertainment, the film’s production studio, reviewed the existing Pantone color range to identify how to bring to life a more pure representation of the Minions’ iconic yellow color. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained the essence of Minion Yellow, “Just as the sun’s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and create clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and resourcefulness of an open mind — the color of hope, joy and optimism.”
The new color will be added to the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors color palette later this year, but not without some fanfare first. To get Pantone lovers like us even more excited, a Selfridges pop-up shop full of Minion-centric goodies is planned to pop up in the UK ahead of the film’s June release. You better believe we’re keeping our freshly painted yellow nails crossed for a similar situation to go down in the US.
How would you incorporate Minion Yellow into your life? Let us know in the comments.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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