New Spring 2009 Colors Debut; Download Exclusive Swatches Palette

Any good graphic designer knows the new, hip graphic and industrial design colors are dictated by the fashion world. Today the fashion world proclaimed the top 10 colors for Spring 2009. And Quark VS InDesign.com and Designorati.com have the exclusive on Spring 2009 color palettes for download and instant use in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress, and just about any other design application.

Pantone Fashion Colors Spring 2009

New Spring 2009 colors as shown in the downloadable palette.

Twice yearly, at the start of the Spring and Fall fashion shows, Pantone surveys fashion designers to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration, color philosophy and each designer’s signature shade. This information is used to create the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report and serves as a reference tool throughout the year to fashion, industrial, and graphic designers alike.

According to the report, blue and purple lead the top 10 hues for spring ’09. The palette also includes pops of vibrant color representing the optimism of the season, combined with sophisticated neutrals to ground the palette and provide stability in an unpredictable economic climate. A spectrum of greens rounds out the report, evoking a sense of freshness and new beginnings.

“New York’s fashion designers encourage hopeful attitudes with lively colors, while sophisticated, grounded hues address the need for stability in times of economic uncertainty,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

The top 10 spring ’09 colors for women are:

  • PANTONE 18-4043 Palace Blue
  • PANTONE 15-3817 Lavender
  • PANTONE 14-0754 Super Lemon
  • PANTONE 15-1626 Salmon Rose
  • PANTONE 18-2328 Fuchsia Red
  • PANTONE 14-1307 Rose Dust
  • PANTONE 16-5804 Slate Gray
  • PANTONE 16-6339 Vibrant Green
  • PANTONE 16-0435 Dark Citron
  • PANTONE 14-5714 Lucite Green

Fall ’08 [download palettes of the Fall 2008 Colors from Quark VS InDesign.com] saw blue and purple rise to the forefront of fashion. As is often true, colors evolve from season to season, and spring ’09 is no exception. Palace Blue, a favorite among designers this season, takes a steadfast, classic, spring navy-like tone and makes it sparkle. Paired with just about any color in the report, it offers many intriguing spring combinations. Taking purple in a lighter direction, Lavender presents a softer, more summery hue, extending the mystical aspects of purple available last fall.

As yellow continues to make its mark on the world of fashion, tangy Super Lemon brings a fun, optimistic outlook to the palette. Its luminosity is determined to evoke a smile and attract the roving consumer’s eyes. Taking a cue from its lemony neighbor, friendly and approachable Salmon Rose also conveys an optimistic outlook. The subtlest of oranges, Salmon Rose is flattering to most complexions and is beautiful with a summer glow. Think sensual and seductive Fuchsia Red for clothing, as well as lipstick and nail polish selections, this spring. With its blue undertones, this cool red is a real show-stopper, adding a sense of elegance to the palette.

Stabilizing neutrals provide practicality in a changing economic landscape. Not your average beige, Rose Dust breaks away from the typical neutrals associated with spring by adding dimension with subtle rose undertones. And with its bluish-green undertones, cool Slate Gray is a nuanced neutral that can be paired with any of the other nine colors in the report.

Three greens, each with their own distinct personality, round out the color palette for spring ’09, perpetuating the idea of freshness and renewal. Vibrant Green, the quintessential spring hue, brings a true verdancy to the palette in a time of revitalization. Dark Citron, a citrus-inspired green, is calmer and more serious than most, offering an element of sophistication to the mix. Reflective Lucite Green, a clean, clear subtle hue, adds a slight shimmer.

Hot off the runway, download your new Spring 2009 colors in a pre-built swatches file—exclusively from Designorati and Quark VS InDesign.com

ColorsSpring2009.zip (169kb). Includes Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) palette for all Creative Suite CS2, CS3, and CS4 applications, as well as .AI and .EPS versions of the swatches palette for use in QuarkXPress, pre-CS2 versions of Adobe applications, and other products; in .zip format for Windows & OS X.