Chances are when you read PMS one thing comes to mind… or two, but we are concerned with the first one here.
The famous Pantone Matching System has become nothing short of a colossal institution for colour categorisation. As there is probably no design studio in this world without an iconic Pantone book, carefully placed within short reach from the creative’s desk, one can only wonder how could a colour-blind pre-Pantone world even exist.
That is up until the medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel at Leiden University showcased a humbling discovery: a Dutch book from 1692 which indexes every known colour and hue in 700 handwritten pages of meticulous excellence. The author of the book, A. Boogert explains in the introduction that he wrote the book for educational purposes. Trapped in the irony of its time, the single copy of the handwritten manuscript could have hardly reached too many eyes. Nonetheless, it remains today as an attention worthy reminder that there is more to our craft that is borrowed, than truly belonging to our times.