"We were moving into Y2K and wondering: Is the world going to fall apart?"
- Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute
In a time of instability and uncertainty, anxiousness and confusion—Pantone provided us with the colour of the year to offer reassurance, calm, confidence and connection in the hopes to deliver our desire for a ‘dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.’
‘Classic Blue’ is said to be a colour that anticipates what will happen next—that promises protection and relaxed interactions—all the things that unfortunately 2020 could not provide us with.
As the most cited word of the year, Covid too must hold the title for most widespread impact on people’s lives in 2020. In writing this brief paragraph, we tried to resist placing too much emphasis on Covid but to be frank—there is no denying its impact on us as students approaching the culmination of our studies.
We have beared the brunt of working over Zoom and all the attempts at drawing online—but more apprehensively have we questioned where does all this leave us as graduates? If all the events that have occurred this year have taught us anything, it’s that in such difficult and strange times where anger and dissent are rampant, it’s just not the time to evade what is ahead of us—rather it’s time to get real.
In a year that began with anxiously questioning what else could possibly happen to us, we now end it with a certain type of clarity, a call to action and a shift in asking now what will we do