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An Art Project For Human Kind

An Art Project For Human KindArt mimics its creator.

The art project Humanae has a strong identity and global reach, just like its creator. The woman behind the art has a colorful lineage and resilient sense of self.

Angelica Dass is a photographer who set out on a mission to expose the myriad of identities, cultures and skin tones that exist throughout the world. The Humanae project involves her taking a portrait of an individual and extracting an “11 by 11 pixel sample” of the person’s face. She matches the exact shade to Pantone’s elaborate color system. Then, she edits the picture so that this shade becomes the portrait’s backdrop.

When Dass aligns the pictures, she shines a light on what people often forget: no two people are exactly alike. With over 2,000 photographs, Humanae is revealing that two people might share a cultural heritage but are different in many other ways.

Nobody knows this better than the creator, herself. Angelica Dass is number 7522 C on the Pantone color scale. She is Brazilian by blood but her biography sheds light on the texture that weaves this artist together. “[Dass is] the granddaughter of ‘black’ and ‘native’ Brazilians,” an article in the Latin Post reads, “and the daughter of a ‘black’ father raised by ‘white’ adoptive parents.”

It is easy to imagine how such a checkered past raised a few questions in the mind of a young Dass. Her questions propelled her to seek answers in art. Through the Humanae Project, she is “recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones.”

What started as a final project for her Masters degree in Art of Photography has now turned into a global adventure. She is eager to photograph as many people as possible. But this is not necessarily of her personal volition; the project has taken on a mission of its own.

An Art Project For Human Kind 2“Humanae has influenced areas, materials, attitudes, knowledge, human meaning, expression, and communication outside of my control,” she tells Latin Post. The purpose of the project has pursued a greater calling than Dass ever intended. The growing collection of 2,000 photographs represents a sense of equality.

The people who are photograph come from all walks of life. Not only are they from different parts of the world, they are of different socioeconomic circumstances and education levels. They speak different languages and have contrasting social norms, too. But these differences are not what appear on camera. The differences viewers see go far deeper, exposing the individual.

With individuality front and center, humanity seems to exist only because of differences. Or, as the creator of Humanae would say, her project is as “global as humanity.”

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Pantone’s World of Color

Pantone's World of ColorThe New Year brings about new trends.

The world looks to midnight on January 1st as the dawn of a new year. Similarly, many people look to Pantone® to announce the year’s hot color trend.

Pantone is the authority on color. Much of the world acknowledges this company as the primary source of information on trending and complimentary color systems. Ironically enough, before deciding on the “Color of the Year”, Pantone surveys the world.

Searching for the Color of the Year

Pantone looks to entertainment, popular travel destinations, art exhibits, new artists, and various socio-economic conditions before choosing the color of the year. They also consider technology, textures, and worldwide sporting events before landing on the exact hue. Once Pantone’s decision is published, it influences fashion, interior design, branding, graphic design, product packaging and more.

Communicating with Color

Individuals and companies wait in anticipation for Pantone to reveal its color of the year. Color is one of the most powerful communication tools. Those who want to be seen and heard are sure to consult Pantone before crafting visual messages.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014

Inspire and be inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. Radiant orchid is said to be “…a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple….” In order to have a colorful year, however, it is important to have more than a single color option. This is why Pantone publishes entire color schemes that are appropriate for each season.

10 colors have made the cut for Spring 2014, also known as “A Season of Colorful Equilibrium”.

And for those who want to be perfectly color coordinated in fashion, décor, and more, check out Pantone’s color swatch book 35 Inspirational Color Palettes.

Very few aspects of life are black and white. We live in a colorful world. And Pantone is the global authority on color. See what will be trending next. Stay up to date with Pantone.

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