Inside the Pantone Color Factory – A Look Inside

Color Factory

Designers and artists all over the world use Pantone’s color factory produced guides to make sure their blue is actually blue. Like a Webster’s dictionary for color, Pantone guides are a standard against which anyone can check their own work.

Just who is Pantone?  Pantone Inc. is a corporation headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey.[1] The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics.

Those standards are created at Pantone’s color factory headquarters New Jersey. In this video, Quartz talks to the workers who maintain and enforce those standards.

One quality sets these workers apart: They have almost perfect color perception. Pantone’s color factory actually requires all of its “color technicians” to take a color vision exam once a year. (You can take a version of the color test online, but Pantone says it’s not the same as taking it in person.)

Did you take the Munsell color test?  We found it to be much more challenging in low light situations.  What did you score? We’d love to heard how score against the Pantone Color Factory workers!  Please share your scores and your color knowledge below.


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