The Pantone Culture Mug Inspiration
Anna was commissioned to come up with an art piece for Danaher’s Black History Month 2022 theme: “For the Culture”. While researching skin color pigmentation of Black people used in different art designs, Anna was inspired by Rhianna’s Fenty Cosmetic Line. “Rihanna has broken barriers for Black people when looking for makeup that matched our skin tones. I knew if I took Fenty’s lead, I would get the beautiful rainbow of hues that represent our people.”
Anna came up with "Melanated" – an art piece with the word “Culture” assigned hues ranging from Caramel to Coffee to Chocolate and shades in between, to represent “the hues that represent our people”. "When I was done with it, I was proud of it. It said so much without needing to do a lot. I was hoping others would see it and see themselves represented."
With the success of Melanated, Anna collaborated with Pantone and Copenhagen Design to design and launch “For the Culture” drinkware. The inspiration started when she found a blog that translated Fenty’s color palette into Photoshop codes. She then used that as inspiration to match these colors from the Pantone PMS Colors. Future releases of this mug will feature colors from Pantone’s SkinTone™ Guide, which currently has 110 different skin tones to choose from.