Go green with Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year

Feast your eyes on that lush, radiant hue; you are shackled to it for a year.

That’s right, Pantone has selected Emerald as the official color of 2013 (replacing 2012’s Tangerine Tango), and as we all know, any designer who strays from Pantone’s decree will be promptly ostracized forever. So you had better figure out a way to incorporate green into your upcoming projects.


You seem dismayed. “Green?” you say, “Does that leave me much creative potential apart from leaves and globes?” Indeed, we are often underwhelmed by the green designs we see.

Fortunately, it only took a bit of research to unearth some fantastic, inspiring green logo designs. So rejoice! Green is a psychologically impressive color, evoking freshness, rebirth and calm, and in fact opens up all sort of creative avenues. Have a glance at the following and get ready to go green!


By Joan Pons Moll


By Down with Design


By Down with Design


By Layton Creative


By Josiah Jost


By Design Is Life


By Mix Plate Media


By Jesse Higgins


By Roger Oddone


By Binocle


By Fabian Marchinko


By Alek Chmura

Want to stay up to date? Check out 2016’s Pantone Color of the Year!

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