did the simpsons predict every pantone color of the year from 2010 to 2020?

did the simpsons predict every pantone color of the year from 2010 to 2020?

having just celebrated its 30th anniversary on december 17th, the simpsons is the longest running animated series ever. one of the things that may have kept the show going is its uncanny ability to predict major global events. from donald trump’s presidency to the fifa football corruption scandal in 2015, there’s many things that the simpsons has eerily predicted. but whether intentional or not, it seems they may have also had something to do with the last 10 years of pantone color of the year winners.


while collaborating with aspire doors, head designer at boom online, pete bingham discovered that the simpson’s living room plays host to every single one of the pantone color of the year winners from 2010 to 2019. as a result of this discovery, pete set about recreating this well-loved and iconic setting in photoshop using the winning colors. since this discovery, the pantone color of the year for 2020 has also been released – ‘classic blue’. and who should have the most noteworthy blue hair on tv?.. you’ve guessed it, marge simpson.


did the simpsons predict every pantone color of the year from 2010 to 2020? designboom

all images courtesy of aspire doors



could it be pure coincidence or did the simpsons really predict the pantone color of the year ten years in or row because matt groening is in fact, a time traveller?.. or perhaps pantone looked to the show for inspiration? who knows, but you can bet aspire doors and pete bingham will be waiting with bated breath for 2021’s chosen color.

did the simpsons predict every pantone color of the year from 2010 to 2020? designboom



project info:


project name: the simpsons: inspired by the pantone color of the year (…or vice versa?)

by: aspire doors


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • her hair & background colors are different. Not the same color. Not a match. Not a prediction. And I’m fairly certain the other colors are a failure as well. Stop looking for meaning of life in The Simpsons and get som Jebus in your heart!

    Jeremy says:

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