pantone skin color spectrum
pantone skin color spectrum
jul 06, 2012

pantone skin color spectrum

‘humanae’ by angelica dass all images courtesy of angelica dass pantone skin color spectrum

spanish artist angelica dass has conceived ‘humanae’. the project applies the alphanumerical classification of the pantone coloring system to human skin tone, communicated through a photographed portraiture series. the background of each piece is dyed the exact shade extracted from a sample of 11 x 11 pixels from the very face of the people depicted, with the ultimate aim being to record and catalog, through a scientific measurement, all possible complexions.

pantone skin color spectrum the project records the pantone value from an 11 x 11 pixel of a human face

pantone skin color spectrum the project is ongoing, looking at recording a variety of complexions

pantone skin color spectrum

pantone skin color spectrum

pantone skin color spectrum

pantone skin color spectrum

pantone skin color spectrum example spectrum of pantone skin colours from the ‘humanae’ project pantone skin color spectrum

pantone skin color spectrum pantone skin color spectrum

  • I’ll leave the practical aspects of this initiative to graphic artists. Fleshed out, so to speak, I love the concept of representing the infinite diversity of skin tones without reference to arbitrary, misleading, and assumption-laden race and ethnic divisions. Just look at the character in all the faces represented so far; they’re magnificent!

  • It reminds me of the work of French graphics-designers called super-script :
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  • every face has a different color and a different story to tell.

  • Any darker skin tones? I’m looking for South Sudanese.

  • Good work, but Caucasians are way over-represented. Fore example there are few people with Asian background, NO person from India, Latin America either, also no-one with dark black skin.

    I do consider though that a non-deliberate exclusion could have been made because internet users, as well as people interested in pantone must probably be of caucasian origins.
    Nevertheless, I wonder if this can say something about how we perceive the world.

  • Incredibly boring. background is too flat and close to foreground.

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