For the first time, Pantone released not one, but two colours of the year. 2016's colours are Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) - Light pink and light blue respectively. Pantone is receiving a lot of attention for the obvious comment on the gender neutrality movement occurring throughout the globe. However, there is more to the choice as seen below in an excerpt from the Pantone release:
"As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."
It's great to see Pantone jumping in to ongoing dialogue designers are having around the topic of health and well-being. Read more about the Pantone choices here.