This year marks the second time the Pantone Color Institute chose two colors of the year, which seems apt given the year we left behind. The PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are 2021’s Color (or Colors) of the Year. They are described by the consulting wing of the New Jersey-based printing and design specialist as “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”
The independent colors are said to highlight how “different elements come together to support one another.” These colors teach us both to be grounded and thoughtful while maintaining our optimism. It reminds us of what we’ll need to get through 2021 as we prepare and hope for the future where we get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed and hope for our world to open up again.
Pantone’s Color of the Year has helped influence product development and purchasing decision in different industries in the last 20 years. Its researchers usually spend the year traveling to examine color trends worldwide before they make a choice. But as TIME reported, the pandemic limited their plans in 2020, so the collaboration was mostly done online with a reliance on local staff around the globe to report on trends.
While your buying decisions might not be affected by Pantone’s choice, we thought it might be fun to compile many gadgets that come in shades similar to the Color(s) of the Year. You can check out the galleries below, and maybe you’d want to score some of them for yourself*.
Gray is a common gadget color, so we had no trouble looking for some tech toys you’d want to purchase.
OPPO A12 (PHP 5,990)
Realme C15 (PHP 7,990)
Samsung Galaxy A42 (PHP 19,990, available exclusively through Globe & Smart)
Xiaomi Mi 10T (PHP 19,990)
Samsung Battery Pack 10A 25w 2 Port (PHP 3,999)
Mopoer V10 Power Bank (PHP 1,890)
Zendure Supertank Power Bank (PHP 9,990)
Instax Square SQ6 (PHP 7,999)
Sony A6000L (PHP 36,999)
Ifrogz Headset Sound Hub Tone Plugz (PHP 790)
thecoopidea Beans Air (PHP 2,999)
Urbanears Sumpan (PHP 1,650)
Urbanears Plattan 2 (PHP 5,490)
Huawei Freebuds Pro (PHP 9,999)
JBL Charge 4 (PHP 9,499)
Urbanears Ralis Portable Speaker (PHP 12,990)
Yellow is a bit tougher to find, but it’s still out there. And if you’re a fan of the sunny shade, you might want to get some of these.
Poco M3 (PHP 7,990)
Realme Buds Air (PHP 3,990)
JBL Flip 5 (PHP 6,999)
Realme Power Bank 2i (PHP 790)
A bit of both
We even managed to find a couple that blends the two colors if you want to check those out.
JBL Tune 120TWS (PHP 5,999)
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (PHP 8,900)
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 (PHP 14,999)
If you want, you can even play around with these colors through Facebook and Instagram filters that bring Illuminating and Ultimate Gray into your augmented reality. Or, if you’re a sucker for building and sharing, you can create palettes featuring these colors from the Pantone Connect digital color platform.
We’ve even done a video on last year’s Color of the Year, which you can check out below:
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